Last update: August 20, 2019

The Work Learn Program supports and subsidizes meaningful work experiences on campus that offer the opportunity for all current UBC students to develop their professional skills and learn in a work environment.


The Work Learn program offers students the opportunity through the experiential learning outcomes to:

  • Pursue mentorship opportunities

  • Develop professional and personal skills 

  • Apply discipline specific knowledge

  • Expand their network, demonstrate ownership and responsibility of work

  • Develop self-awareness and reflection, contribute to the University as a whole


The Work Learn program funds approximately 2,500 experiential learning opportunities through each year.

Work Learn positions are part-time hourly appointments and must fit within the appropriate rates and conditions as outlined in the Position Classification Guide [Summer 2019 / Winter 2019].

Employers within the Work Learn Program are faculty, staff, and affiliates with UBC Vancouver Payroll accounts with which to pay the student(s).  Employers are expected to pay the student’s full hourly wage as the student incurs hours.  The Work Learn subsidy is currently $8 per hour.

  Summer Program Winter Program
Session dates May 1 – August 31

September 1 – April 30


Weekly hourly limits


20 hours/week
(*Office/Library Worker positions are limited to 10 hours/week)


10 hours/week

Max. reimbursable hours


300 hours
(*Office/Library Worker positions are limited to a maximum of 180 hours for the session)


300 hours


All current UBC-Vancouver students are eligible. Students are only eligible to hold one Work Learn position at any given time. For the purposes of this program current UBC students are defined as students who are currently registered in credit courses at UBC-Vancouver and have a valid UBC student number. A student must be registered in courses in the term(s) they hold a Work Learn position. All students (domestic and international) must have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN) before they can be paid by UBC.  View student eligibility criteria

Work Learn subsidizes professors to hire students to work on summer research projects through the Work Learn International Undergraduate Research Awards Program.


Winter 2019

Winter 2019

  • Call for proposals opens: June 3, 2019
  • Call for proposals closes: July 2, 2019
  • Work Learn proposal review: Late-June / Early-July
  • Funding announcement: the week of July 29 – August 2, 2019
  • Jobs posted on CareersOnline: August 6 – August 20, 2019
  • Student recruitment: Mid / Late-August
  • Deadline to submit student appointments: 
    • August 30 (start dates between September 1 – 15);
    • September 9 (start dates between September 16 – 30);
    • September 30: Final Deadline to submit ALL Winter Appointments
  • Work Learn placements: September 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020
  • Site Visits: October / November and February / March
  • Work Learn reimbursement:
    • December / January (for September – November hours)
    • March (for December – February hours)
    • May / June (for March – April hours)
Summer 2019

Summer 2019

  • Call for proposals opens: January 2, 2019
  • Call for proposals closes: January 18, 2019
  • Review of Work Learn proposals: Late January / Early February 
  • Funding announcements: the week of March 4 – March 8, 2019
  • Jobs posted on CareersOnline: March 5 – March 19, 2019
  • Student recruitment / hiring: Mid / Late-March
  • Deadline to submit student appointments: 
    • April 23 (start dates between May 1 – 15)
    • May 8 (start dates between May 16 – 31)
    • May 31: Final Deadline to submit ALL Summer Appointments
  • Work Learn placements: May 1, 2019 – August 31, 2019
  • Site Visits: June / July
  • Work Learn reimbursement:
    • September / October (for May – August hours)

Your involvement

Call for proposals opens

Call for Proposals for Winter 2019 is now closed! If you have any Work Learn specific questions, please contact​

Proposals submitted for the Work Learn Program serve two purposes:

  1. To apply for a subsidy from the program
  2. To provide a clear and detailed job posting to communicate the work opportunity to students.

To help describe and/or develop a work experience opportunity that meets the learning objective-based goals of the program, we have developed a series of guiding questions for you to answer in the Submission Guide.  These are the questions you will need to address when submitting your proposal through the CareersOnline submission form.

Download a step-by-step guide on how to submit a Work Learn proposal. Please email if you have any questions.

Need an example of a good proposal to get you started?  A few of our successful employers have agreed to share theirs with you!

Call for proposals closes

Thank you for your interest in the Work Learn program! Work Learn proposals will no longer be accepted for Winter 2019. If you would like to be added to our employer e-newsletter mailing list to receive information about our Work Learn intake periods, and for updates and resources related to the Work Learn program, please e-mail us at

Work Learn proposal review

Proposals are approved based on how well the described work experience meets the learning outcomes of the program. An evaluation rubric, developed in line with the series of guiding questions, is used by a group of cross-campus readers who score the proposals through an in-depth and systematic review of all submitted proposals. The review process also includes steps to ensure completion, clarity and adequate level of detail in each proposal, as well as inter-rater reliability. All of the proposals are ranked and funding is awarded beginning with the highest ranked proposals, taking into account the number of positions and project hours requested.

Funding announcement / Jobs posted on CareersOnline

Approved Work Learn positions will be posted on CareersOnline for two weeks during the posting dates you indicated in your proposal. If your proposal indicates that a candidate has already been identified for the position, the position will not be posted on CareersOnline and you will not receive any student applications. If you’d like to learn how to manage your applications and student communications or generate an applicant viewbook, please contact our office at

Interviewing and Hiring Students:

UBC HR has information on general student hiring practices, and our office is also available to support you if you have questions about interviewing, selecting, or supervising students. We provide templates for interview below in the 'Resources for Supervisors' section. We also offer workshops throughout the term to help support the hiring and supervision of students; you can register for a workshop through the e-newsletter.

Deadline to submit student appointments

In order to accept our Work Learn funding offer, you must submit an eForm to the Work Learn Program Office by the deadline date provided. It is important to have students appointed in their positions prior to starting work. Please refer to UBC Payroll’s Appointment Notice Cut-off Schedule.

UBC Payroll does not accept paper Student Appointment Forms, so in order to accept funding and appoint a student you must submit an eForm via the HRMS by the deadlines highlighted in your funding offer. For any questions about the eForm or to get training on the process, please do not hesitate to contact your Payroll Representative. eForms will automatically be routed to the Work Learn approval queue once submitted in the HRMS system.

Once we confirm the student’s eligibility and connect the student to your Work Learn proposal, the eForm is forwarded to UBC Payroll to formally appoint the student into your position. 

Work Learn placements + Payroll

UBC HR has information on general student hiring practices, and our office is also available to support you if you have questions about interviewing, selecting, or supervising students. Here are a few resources to support you in your onboarding and evaluation of student staff and we encourage you to adapt them as you see fit:

Visit UBC Risk Management for information on maNew Worker Safety Orientation and Training.

Payroll Timesheets

Timesheets should be submitted directly to Payroll. Please refer to UBC Payroll’s Hourly Timesheet Cut-off Schedule. The Work Learn Program may not reimburse any hours from timesheets submitted outside of the dates of the session within which the student incurred the hours (i.e., timesheets submitted after April 30 for hours incurred during the Winter session, or timesheets submitted after August 31 for hours incurred during the Summer session).

Please note: The banking of Work Learn hours is not permitted and the program office will not pay the subsidy on these hours. As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure the hours reported on your students' timesheets are accurate and reflect the hours worked in that particular period.

Site Visits

Work Learn program staff conduct site visits midway through each Work Learn term. Site visits offer us a chance to meet with you and your student(s) to hear about student and supervisor experiences, as well as to review how the student learning objectives are being reached in your students’ roles. Site visits are consistently cited by students as a powerful reflection tool for them to articulate their learning experiences and transferrable skills. We will contact you directly if you have been selected for a site visit.

Work Learn Reimbursement

Reimbursement Schedule

Hours worked Reimbursed in
September, October, November December / January
December, January, February March / April
March, April May / June
May, June, July, August September / October 

The Work Learn Program may not reimburse any hours from timesheets submitted outside of the dates of the session within which the student incurred the hours (i.e., timesheets submitted after April 30 for hours incurred during the Winter session, or timesheets submitted after August 31 for hours incurred during the Summer session). 

The banking of Work Learn hours is not permitted and the program office will not pay the subsidy on these hours. As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure the hours reported on your students' timesheets are accurate and reflect the hours worked in that particular period.


Resources for Supervisors


*Supervisor Workshops*

Supervisor Workshops

Below is a list of the upcoming workshops offered to Work Learn supervisors in Summer 2019. Please click on the links to register for sessions. Workshops for the Fall session will be posted in September.


12-1pm, Aug 23, 2019-On-boarding and Orientation for Your Student Team- Register Here

This workshop will give you the opportunity to learn and share best practices with fellow Work Learn supervisors on how to engage your student employees  and support them in learning their role and furthering their professional development

Interviews and Hiring

The hiring process doesn't only happen during the interview; it begins the moment you decide to fill a need in your unit or department. Coming up with an effective hiring plan, determining the appropriate method for recruiting and selecting the best candidates, and consulting with key stakeholders are all important decisions that, if unprepared, could result in a stressful experience. The resources below are useful tools to use through recruiting, selecting, and on-boarding successful candidates.

Before you do anything, it may be helpful to create a Student Hiring and Recruiting Plan to ensure you aren’t missing anything important.

Before hiring, be sure you are up-to-date with the BC Employment Standards Guidelines

During Interviews

Competency Based Interview Questions

General Interview Questions

Sample Interview Rubric

In Basket Interviews- Designed to test a candidates ability to perform a task within a set of set requirements.

After Interviews

After you have completed your interviews, you will have to make your decision as to who you would like to extend an offer to and who you want to decline. It is best to extend an offer as soon as possible, as students are often applying to more than one role. Waiting to offer may mean you miss the opportunity to work with your star candidate!

Sample Offer Letter

On-boarding and Orientation

A lack of a thorough on-boarding experience and expectations has been noted as one of the main reasons employees are not engaged or productive in their workplace. Thoughtful preparation for your new employee, setting clear expectations at the beginning, and ongoing integration into the new workplace plays a key role in fostering a positive working relationship and setting the student staff up to be successful in the role. The templates are a great way to get you started.

Before the student begins the position:

Consider how your office supports gender inclusivity and creates a safe and respectful workplace:

Orientation Checklist.PDF

Work Learn On-boarding Plan.PDF

Expectations Setting Worksheet.PDF

Getting to Know You Worksheet.PDF


Once the student begins the position:

Sharing some of the interesting facts you learn about the student employee with other full-time staff members is a small act that goes a long way in integrating the Work Learn student(s) to the larger team. Work Learn_New Work Learn Students Template.PDF

This template can be used for positions in which a new staff manual is included in the on-boarding process. New Staff Manual Template.PDF

Having a new student set learning objectives is an excellent way of engaging them right from day one, as well a way to provide structure in following up with a student throughout their position. Learning Objectives Worksheet.PDF

This is an agreement between the employer and the student, with the aim of outlining employment expectations of both parties, to ensure an overall successful experience for the student and the employer. Work Learn Program - Supervisor and Student Work Agreement.PDF


All UBC student staff must be given appropriate safety training. Visit UBC Risk Management for information and resources on New Worker Safety Orientation and Training. As there may be additional departmental/unit safety training and policies that student-staff need, it is a good idea to set an annual review of safety training and procedures to ensure students have what they need in their roles.

A safe and respectful working environment at UBC

As supervisors of student employees, you are responsible for arranging online bullying and harassment training for each person under your supervision (including yourself).  Please have your students can take the 15-20 minute online training session here: “Toward a Respectful Workplace – Preventing and Addressing Workplace Bullying & Harassment”.

Resources for Career Conversations with Students of Colour, Students with Disabilities and LGBTQ+ Students

UBC's Faculty and staff members play important roles as influencers informing students' career journeys in both formal and informal ways. While navigating career is complex and layered for all of us, students from *equity-seeking groups may face experiences related to systemic barriers in the workplace.

These supplemental resource guides, co-developed by the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers and the Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre, have been produced to operate alongside new content published for students. They are offered here to support you to build a toolkit equipped with relevant and up-to-date practices to ensure effective coaching and advisnig of students. This content has been designed to answer common questions and point you in the direction of further information and resources. For more resources, please refer to this web page.

Resources for Career Conversations with Students of Colour

Resources for Career Conversations with Students with Disabilities (resource coming soon)

Resources for Career Conversations with LGBTQ+ Students

Performance Management

Performance management is an ongoing process between you and your employee that involves creating goals, assessing progress, and proving guidance and feedback along the way. The resources below can be used to guide those conversations with your student staff, evaluate their performance, and reflect on what they are learning in their roles.

The 5-15 Check in is one way of a student keeping you up to date with their work progress, challenges, and ideas. A 5-15 is meant to take the student no longer than 15 minutes to write and to take you no more than 5 minutes to read. These can be especially helpful if the student you supervise has different hours than you. Here is a 5-15 Check In template

Biweekly Status Report - Template.PDF

Work Plan (Long Term).PDF

Work Plan Template.PDF

360 Performance Evaluation,PDF

If you have a concern about the safety or well-being of a student employee, we encourage you to submit an Early Alert:

Performance Reviews

Performance reviews are a crucial way for students to learn and reflect on their positions. They do take time so it is a good idea to start early. We strongly encourage all Work Learn facilitators to conduct a mid-point performance review with each student they supervise.

Work Learn Program - Mid-Point Performance Evaluation (for lab setting).PDF

Work Learn Program - Mid-Point Performance Evaluation (non-lab setting).PDF

Work Learn Mid-point Self-reflection.PDF

Employee Recognition

Recognition is a way of showing your employees that you notice and value what they bring to the workplace. Student employees have a huge impact on the UBC workplace; bringing fresh ideas, high energy, and a willingness to learn. Taking some time to acknowledge a job well done is a great way to keep your staff engaged and motivated. Here are some Tips for Student Recognition

Goal Setting and Professional Development

Students have identified that one of the main reasons they choose to work Work Learn jobs is to gain professional experience that will serve them after graduation. So much of what impacts a student's ability to learn on the job is their connection to you, their supervisor. The following are a series of templates you can use to help guide professional development conversations with the students you supervise.


HARD Goals Template.PDF

S.M.A.R.T Goals Template.PDF

Professional Development Plan

Work Learn Professional Development Plan.PDF

Cross-training is an opportunity for students to work with colleagues of yours in other units. Here is an example of a Cross_Training Plan.PDF

Strengths and Opportunities for Development.PDF

Considerations for Student Mentorship.PDF

Skills for Self-Reflection.PDF

Tips for Networking (Videos)

Offboarding and Transition

The end of the Work Learn term calls for celebrating and recognizing your student staff, reflecting on what they have learned in their placement, and planning for new (or returning students). It's also a great time to solicit feedback on how the experience was for the student, and incorporate your own learning into your next cycle of student management. Below are some resources you can use as you prepare to have end-of-term conversations with your student, ensure they are off-boarded appropriately, and prepare for your new employees.

Work Learn Program - End-of-Term Reflection Questions.PDF

Skills Self-Reflection.PDF

Transition Report Checklist.PDF

Work Learn Offboarding Checklist.PDF


Most Recent Supervisor Newsletter: July 2019 Work Learn Supervisor Newsletter​

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Contact Information

Workplace Learning

Phone: (604) 822 - 8278