Ignite Student

Ignite: Student Information

Please note: the deadline to apply to Ignite jobs has passed. Check back in August for information about participating for the 2019-2020 school year!

The University of Windsor’s Work Study Program is now called Ignite and will be facilitated as an exciting experiential learning opportunity for students. The changes made to the program aim to provide you with expanded opportunities to build skills relevant to your career development. 

Resources for Hired Students

New for 2018-2019!

Ignite will now be facilitated as an inclusive, on-campus employment program that is open to all University of Windsor students (some restrictions apply, see below for details).

How do I participate in Ignite?

Students do not have to apply to work study anymore. To participate in Ignite, students need to do the following:

Eligibility Criteria

All students who meet the following following eligiblity criteria can attend a Launch session:

  • Are in good academic standing: have a cumulative average of 60% or higher and not be on academic probation
  • Are registered in a minimum course load (60% for domestic; 80% for international; 40% for students with a documented permanent disability)
  • Are not on a co-op work term in the semester you are employed in an Ignite position

If there are extenuating circumstances that have affected your eligbility criteria, please contact ignite@uwindsor.ca to discuss.

Launch Session Information

Launch sessions ended in October 2018.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You only need to attend 1 session. Please do NOT sign up for multiple sessions. Sign up for a session if you you plan on attending.

To sign up for a Launch session, login to mySuccess and follow these instructions:

Step 1: Select “Career” on the blue menu on the left

Step 2: Select “Career Events”

Step 3: Select “View Career Calendar” – make sure you are viewing August, September, or October as the sessions are offered throughout those months

Step 4: Select the date and timeslot that works best for you

Step 5: Select “Register for this event” once you are sure this is the date/timeslot you would like to sign up for A reminder email will be sent to your UWindsor account confirming your registration 24 hours before the event only.

Viewing & Applying to Jobs

Students who meet the eligibility criteria and attend a Launch session will be able to view and apply to jobs starting on Tuesday, September 4. 

Career Development & Experiential Learning can assist you with your resume writing and interview skills. Consider attending a workshop or visiting the Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre, Suite 100 anytime from 10:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday to speak with a Peer Advisor.

Although we strive to provide employment opportunities to as many Ignite students as possible, JOBS ARE NOT GUARANTEED.  Success in securing a job depends on your performance during the application and interview process. You are competing with your classmates and other students at the University of Windsor. We cannot guarantee that you will be hired into an Ignite role. As with any job search, it is up to you to secure a position. 

Ignite 2018 Timeline

Launch Sessions Begin: August 23

Job Open: September 4

Launch Session End: October 24

Jobs Close: November 2

Last Day to Work (Fall): December 21

Last Day to Work (Winter): April 19

Note: Ignite is not available in the summer.

Getting Hired

If you are succesfully hired into an Ignite position, there are some further steps that need to be taken by you and your supervisor:

Complete the full Student Hiring Package and submit it to the Human Resources Department. Once HR processes your Student Hiring Package, you will receive a copy of your UWindsor Employee ID.

Your employer needs to:

Complete the Ignite Authorization to Hire a Student form with you & send it to Human Resources

If you already have an employee number, have worked at the University within the past year and there are no changes to your banking information, you are not required to complete the full Student Hiring Package. You must, however, provide your UWindsor Employee # to your employer.

If you already have an employee number but you have not worked at the University for over one year, you must complete the full Student Hiring Package and submit it to Human Resources and provide your UWindsor employee number to your employer.

Your employer needs to:

Complete the Ignite Authorization to Hire a Student form with you & send it to Human Resources

Getting Paid

Ensure that you report your hours to your employer at least once a week, unless you are required to sign in and out each time you report to work (determined between yourself and your employer).

Your employer is required to submit your hours to the Payroll Department on a weekly basis on the Time Sheet - Ignite (Work Study) Form available from the Payroll website.

Students are paid by direct deposit to their bank accounts every two weeks as long as hours are reported in a timely manner. Should you change banks or wish to use a different account than on record, send an updated Authorization Agreement for Direct Deposit form to the Payroll Department (4th Floor, Chrysler Hall Tower).

Please be sure to follow-up with your employer to ensure that all deadlines for payroll time sheet submission are met.

I've Been Hired ... Now What?

Once you have an employee number, you’ll have to complete your mandatory Health & Safety and Accessibility training within your first 2 weeks of employment.

Have your initial check-in meeting with your supervisor within your first 2 weeks of employment and establish a personalized development plan. Think critically about the competencies you would like to develop in your role! The form to be completed at your initial check-in is available on mySuccess.

Check-In Information

The check-ins are career conversations that you will have with your supervisor where you will discuss goals, skill development, and how things are going so far in your role. The check-ins aim to help you develop a positive relationship with your supervisor that is built on good communication, intentional goal setting, and reflection.

If you are working in the fall term only OR winter term only, you should complete and initial and final check-in with your supervisor (2 forms).

If you are working in the fall AND winter term, you should complete and initial, midpoint, and final check-in with your supervisor (3 forms).

  What Is it? When Do I Complete It?
Initial Check-In

1 form, completed by you and your supervisor at an in-person meeting

Within the first 2 weeks of your employment

Midpoint Check-In

1 form, completed by you and your supervisor at an in-person meeting

Halfway through your employment - sometime in January for fall & winter students


(Fall only/Winter only students do not have to do the midpoint check-in)

Final Check-In

2 forms: a performance evaluation (completed by your supervisor) and a final reflection (completed by you on mySuccess)


Within the last 2 weeks of your employment - December for fall only students and April for fall & winter students


All of your check-ins should be uploaded to mySuccess. You can scan the form or take a picture of it with your phone.

Instructions for uploading your check-ins can be found on mySuccess under Ignite-Work Study.

If you don’t have access to a scanner or phone, you can email it to ignite@uwindsor.ca

Ignite Contact Information

If you have any questions relating to the Ignite program, please contact:

Ignite Program Coordinator

Career Development & Experiential Learning
Ext. 2577