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Student and CO-OP: Finance

Job ID23-968-STU-FIN-03-2938
Date Posted2022-06-08
Job TypeFull-time
Job CategoryPublic Administration
Closing Date 2022-09-30
Reference Number 23-968-STU-FIN-03
Job Category Co-op
Who Can Apply Canadian Citizens


Ottawa, Ontario

Burnaby, British Columbia

Calgary, Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Toronto, Ontario

Gatineau, Quebec

Montreal, Quebec

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Salary Range Hourly Salary
Status Term - 4 to 16 months
Language Requirement Various

Job Summary

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) is looking for students who thrive on tackling diverse challenges in a unique environment. If you are up for the challenge and want to join one of our highest performing teams, there is no doubt that your contributions to CSIS will provide a meaningful impact to our mission of helping keep Canadians safe against national security threats. The Service is building a workforce which is representative of the Canadian society and foster diversity and inclusion. Also, it is dedicated to establish positive policies and practices related to hiring, training, promoting and retaining designated group members ensuring that employment-related needs of all persons are reasonably accommodated.

CSIS offers opportunities for students to gain valuable experience in business and administration, with the possibility to return for multiple placements in different areas. Students will be given the opportunity to cultivate their skills and knowledge by being paired with experienced employees who will provide feedback during the work term. They will have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and experience before choosing a career specialization. 

The system will allow you to select only one location of work. If you are interested to be considered for various locations of work as mentioned above, please highlight, in your cover letter, the additional locations you would like to apply to.

Students will assist with the following:

Financial Operations

  • Verify expense claims.
  • Provide advice on travel, hospitality, conferences, memberships and Foreign Service expenses.
  • Administer section 33 of the Financial Administration Act (FAA).
  • Reconcile financial data. 
  • Produce financial reports. 
  • Maintain financial system.


Resource Management

  • Monitor financial activities & perform trend/variance analysis.
  • Prepare branch specimen signature cards.
  • Interpret/apply policies/authorities in consultation with corporate policy centres.
  • Monitor financial system allocations and coordinate movement of funds.


  • Undergraduate degree or College Diploma programs including but not limited to the following areas of study:
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Business Administration
  • Commerce 
  • Economics


Candidates with experience in the following are preferable:

  • Advice to clients, managers and/or employees.
  • Use of a financial system.
  • Use of EXCEL (tables, pivot tables, graphs and charts).
  • Applying financial policies.
  • Performing accounting operations.


  • Judgement
  • Client Service
  • Initiative
  • Rigour 
  • Assertiveness

Conditions of Employment

Applicants must be registered as a full-time, post-secondary student in an accredited academic institution recognized in Canada. Priority consideration will be given to those enrolled in an accredited co-op/internship program.


How to submit application:

Applicants MUST include the following information in their cover letter in order to be given further consideration:

  • Location of interest: 
    • Indicate your desired location of work if applicable.
    • Travel costs benefits may apply. Further information will be disclosed during the interview process. 
  • Job Category: Applying for a co-op placement, internship (specific to current program enrollment) or student job.
  • Availability: What is the length of your term (4, 8, 12 or 16 months)? 
  • Studies: What is your current year of study and your expected graduation date?

Tips for your Cover Letter and Resume:

  • Tell us your story: why do you want to work for CSIS?
  • Work objectives.
  • Technical abilities (where applicable).
  • Volunteer or work Experience (where applicable).
  • Projects (where applicable).

Various language requirements.
We encourge all interested candidates to apply.
Second language evaluation tests might be administered.

At CSIS, we are not looking to simply fill student placement positions every four months. Our program is designed to identify and develop potential full-time employees.

Candidates are asked to apply only once, due to the high volume of applications received.

Failure to provide requested information may result in the rejection of your application. 

While we continue to explore opportunities for flexible work arrangements, the majority of work in our organization must be done in the office and cannot be performed at home.

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Security Requirements

Candidates must be eligible to receive an Enhanced Top Secret security clearance. The process involves a security interview, a polygraph, and a background investigation that includes credit and financial verifications. The use of illegal drugs is a criminal offense. Drug use is an important factor considered in your reliability and suitability assessment during the selection process. Therefore it is important not to use any illegal drugs from the time you submit your application.


We thank all applicants for their interest in CSIS. However, only those who are selected for further consideration will be contacted.

For more information, visit CSIS for Student and CO-OP: Finance