Jump Start Your Career
The OPS is a great place to jump start or revitalize your career. Whether you are
deciding on a career, starting a career, changing careers or upgrading your career
skills, the OPS has something to offer.
This employment experience will add to the depth and credibility of your resume
and give you a chance to use and expand your skills and knowledge. It will give
you an on-the-job sense of what working in the OPS is like, and may lead to a full-time
career in the public service.
Internships and Co-ops
Ontario Internship Program
The Ontario Internship Program is a paid, two-year, entry-level employment opportunity
that offers you career development in key professional fields across the Ontario
MNR Internship Program
In up to 10-month internships for post-secondary students or recent graduates, Ministry
of Natural Resources (MNR) interns work as resource technicians, ecologists, biologists,
systems officers, foresters and communications officers for key MNR projects.
OPS Internship Program for
Internationally Trained Individuals (ITIs)
This program provides relevant Canadian work experience for eligible newcomers to
Canada through six-month paid internships across the Ontario Public Service, as
well as Ontario Government agencies, boards and commissions.
OPS Internship Program for
Internationally Trained Engineers
This program provides engineering experience, in placements of 12 to 15 months.
Candidates must have been screened through Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO),
the regulatory body for engineers in Ontario, to ascertain that they qualify by
satisfying technical/educational requirements for licensing except for the 12-months
of Canadian experience. Candidates will be hired for positions that are compatible
with their academic discipline, so they may meet PEO’s licence requirements and
become licensed engineers at the end of the internship period. Please note that
it is the responsibility of the applicant to demonstrate that the engineering experience
requirements as outlined by PEO have been met to the satisfaction of the association.
First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program
This program with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is coordinated and administered
in partnership with Confederation College and industry partners. This two-year program
provides Aboriginal youth aged 17-24 (some exceptions may be negotiated through
First Nations communities) from First Nations communities in Northern Ontario the
opportunity to work on forestry projects, receive workplace training and take personal
This three-year entry-level Ministry of Transportation (MTO) program for civil engineering
graduates provides practical, multifunctional learning experiences through rotational
assignments in many disciplines, including construction, highway design, program
planning, and maintenance.
Engineering Development Program
A four-year development program with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) for recent
civil or geotechnical engineering university graduates, provides practical, mentored
multidisciplinary learning experiences through rotational assignments in regional
and head office locations including construction and maintenance, highway design,
program planning, structural, traffic and materials engineering.
Environment and Climate Change Engineering Development Program
This four-year development program with the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) for current and recent university graduates in chemical, civil, environmental or mechanical engineering offers practical, multidisciplinary learning experiences through rotational assignments across the ministry, allowing interns to gain the qualifying experience required to obtain their P.Eng license.
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Engineering Development Program
A four-year development program with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for recent graduates from accredited engineering universities that provide non-licensed individuals with the work experience to support obtaining their P.Eng licence. This is an opportunity to apply your engineering knowledge as part of a multi-disciplinary team to support engineering solutions that contribute to a healthy environment, food safety, public health and welfare, and a robust agriculture and food industry.
with Ministry of Attorney General
The Ministry hires approximately 100 articling students each year, providing opportunities
across the province to specialize in almost every area of substantive law, including
constitutional, criminal, health, environmental, family, tax, corporate, commercial,
labour and employment law.
Ontario Legislature Internship Programme
(Ontario Legislative Assembly)
A 10-month internship for recent university graduates provides practical experience
in the day-to-day work of the Legislature.
Co-operative Placements in the OPS
Co-operative post-secondary students receive practical paid experience while earning
course credits in placements in the OPS. To participate, you must be:
- Enrolled in a co-operative education in a post-secondary school
- Canadian citizen or legally entitled to work in Canada
- 18 years of age or older for field positions.
Co-op placements in the Ontario Government are posted at various educational institutions
across Ontario. Check for co-op job postings with your school’s career centre and
respective co-op office.
OPS Learn and Work Program
The OPS Learn and Work (L&W) Program is a specialized co-operative education
program that re-engages youth ages 16 to 20 from selected priority communities.
The program provides students the opportunity to earn credits towards their high
school diploma and paid work experience in the OPS and/or related agencies.