Information for youth applicants (YCWHO)


YCW in Heritage Organizations (YCWHO)

YCWHO funds summer job placements for students aged 15 to 30.

Duration of positions

  • 6 to 16 weeks

  • 30 to 40 hours per week

  • Part-time employment is permitted for candidates with a disability

  • Positions must be scheduled during the summer, generally May to early-September

    Am I eligible to apply?

    Summer positions are for full-time students who are intending to return to full-time studies in the next semester.

    You are eligible if you:

    • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada;
      (Note: Non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible.)

    • are legally entitled to work in Canada;

    • are between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;

    • are registered in the YCW on-line candidate inventory;

    • are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;

    • do not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with YCW;

    • have been a full-time student (as defined by your educational institution) in the semester preceding the YCW job;

    • intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW job.

    Students with a disability are eligible for part-time work.

    How do I register on the YCW website?

    All youth applicants must create an online profile at .

    Once registered, youth will be able to apply to vacant positions using their account. Please note that some employers may request an alternate application method, and candidates are advised to read the job poster carefully before applying.

    Where are the jobs located?

    The program creates summer jobs in museums and related organizations of all sizes, Canada-wide.

    Youth who must relocate more than 125 km from their permanent residence may be eligible for transportation assistance.

    How much do the jobs pay?

    Wages are competitive for region of employment.

    Type of positions

    The CMA supports jobs that build upon the many functions of a museum, such as:

    • Collections Management;

    • Curatorial Research;

    • Conservation, Preservation;

    • Education, Interpretation, Public Programming; and

    • Museum Administration and Marketing.

    When will job posters be available online and how do I view them?

    Job posters for YCWHO (summer jobs for students) and YCWBCH (internships for recent graduates) are typically posted in April. Click here to access the current postings. Remember to check back frequently, as new postings may be added.

    Please note that employers may use alternate methods to recruit, including posting on the CMA job board, posting on their local job boards, or advertising on their own website. The CMA encourages youth applicants to start their job search early.

    How are youth participants selected?

    Approved employers are responsible for conducting their own recruitment.

    Employers are expected to recruit for approved positions through a fair and balanced selection process (i.e. open competitions and unbiased adjudication of eligible candidates), and respond to youth applicants in a timely manner.

    If I’m selected, what reports and paperwork will I need to complete?

    Beyond the expected requirements of any job, YCW requires youth participants to complete short reports both at the beginning and end of the work term. Your employer will let you know when it’s time to complete your reports.

    Are there other youth programs besides YCW?

    Yes. Please refer to the Government of Canada’s Youth Website  or Youth Info Line (1 800 935-5555) for more information on employment programs and youth services.

    I already participated with YCW; can I apply for another position?

    There is no restriction for repeat participation for summer jobs. You may re-apply, however the employer may give preference to a candidate who has not already had a YCW experience.

    Did you participate? Was your YCW project a success?

    CMA welcomes your success stories! Please tell us about your experience. Please click here for more information.

    To read past success stories, please click here.


    Mark Poirier

    Young Canada Work in Heritage Organizations

    613-567-0099 ext 252

    Nathan Hasselstrom

    Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage

    613-567-0099 ext 246

    Contact Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage (internships):

    Nathan Hasselstrom

    613-567-0099 ext 246

    Thank you to our supporters

    This program is made possible by the Government of Canada.

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