Indigenous Student Employment Program

This program is open to students who self-declare as Indigenous peoples* (First Nations, Inuit and Métis).


* The Employment Equity Act, which is under review, uses the terminology Aboriginal peoples


City: Within a National Research Council Office across Canada 

Classification: Student 

Duration: Approximately sixteen weeks (four months) during the summer or part-time during the academic semester





The NRC Advantage


Great Minds. One Goal. Canada's Success.


The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development. We collaborate with over 70 colleges, universities and hospitals annually, work with 800 companies on their projects, and provide advice or funding to over 8000 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) each year.


We bring together the brightest minds to deliver tangible impacts on the lives of Canadians and people around the world. And now, we want to partner with you.  Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.


At the NRC, we know that diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, a safe and respectful work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system.  

We are committed to inclusive innovation, and creating a culturally-inclusive work environment.  The NRC is dedicated to advancing the next generation of Indigenous leaders. Are you up for the challenge?

Your Challenge


Are you a First Nation, Métis, or Inuit person?  Do you want to gain valuable work experience in your field of study? Are you interested in working on leading-edge projects of value to Canada? Are you looking for amazing learning opportunities in a creative and diverse environment?


The NRC Indigenous Student Employment Program provides students with practical career-related experience in research and development, engineering, and technology, administration, library science, computer science, trades, business, technology advice services, finance, human resources, and other professions. Students work in a challenging and intellectually stimulating environment, while having access to superior equipment, facilities and expertise.


As a student at the NRC, you’ll contribute to interesting projects in an environment where teamwork, initiative, and creativity are nurtured. Positions are offered across the NRC in various locations. Remote options may be available under certain circumstances.


The NRC is committed to building and strengthening relationships with Indigenous researchers, innovators, Knowledge Keepers, communities and partners to work together on the critical issues facing us today. Learn more about the NRC and Indigenous collaboration online.

Length of Term


Student work terms last for approximately sixteen weeks (four months). Work can occur full-time during a non-academic semester and part-time during an academic semester.

Who can apply?


You are eligible for the NRC Student Employment Program if:

  • You self-declare as an Indigenous person* (First Nations, Inuit and Métis).
    • First Nations: In Canada, an Indigenous grouping composed of many different nations having their own origin, history and culture, and whose members have called North America home for thousands of years
    • Métis: In Canada, an Indigenous People whose members are of mixed First Nations and European ancestry, are united by a common origin, history and culture
    • Inuit (Inuk): In Canada, an Indigenous People that inhabits or that traditionally inhabited the northern regions and Arctic coasts of Canada known as Inuit Nunangat, and whose members are united by a common origin, history and culture
  • You have obtained a High School diploma (or grade 12 equivalent)
  • You are studying at a recognized educational institution and are returning to full-time studies in the next semester

Condition of Employment


Reliability Status

Application Requirements


In order to be considered for the Indigenous Student Employment program please include the following in your application. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from searches.

  • Resume
  • Most recent transcript:
    • University/College/High school (grade 12 or equivalent)
    • An electronic copy is sufficient, it does not have to be an official version
    • To attach your transcript click the “add a document” in the Second language evaluation results field
    • Additionally, in order to maximize your chances of being considered for opportunities, ensure to include your preferred location(s) in the Preferred Work Location(s) section of the application
  • Self-declare as an Indigenous person - First Nation, Métis, or Inuit (Inuk) - in your application
    • Under Employment Equity in the Job Specific Information section of the application



  • From $600 to $1299 per week (37.5 hrs)
  • Salaries are determined based on the number of academic semesters a student has completed.



  • The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
  • Hiring managers search the database for qualified candidates throughout the year. We thank all those who apply; however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (19706) to:


Telephone: 613-993-9101

Toll-free: 1-877-NRC-CNRC or 1-877-672-2672

Closing date: There is no set deadline as this program is an ongoing process