Ignite Student

Ignite: Student Information

Ignite is the University of Windsor’s Work Study program that funds part-time jobs on campus for students. Positions offer an opportunity for both financial benefits and skills development.

Objective of the Ignite Program

Ignite focuses on students' career devleopment and skills devleopment. The main objective of the program is for students to:

  • Gain career ready skills through experiential learning​
  • Find jobs related to their curricular studies
  • Explore other interests and career paths​
  • Stay involved with on-campus activities​
  • Gain exposure to new working environments​
  • Practice job search and interview skills​
  • Build their resume with a new experience​

What is Career Development?

Career development is the lifelong process of managing learning, work, leisure, and transitions in order to move toward a personally determined and evolving preferred future. There are a number of factors that influence career development, including interests, abilities, values, personality, background, and circumstances​. Career development encompasses the development of the whole person and is more than just deciding on a major or a job; It really is a lifelong process, meaning that throughout life a person changes, situations change, and every individual must continually make career and life decisions

What is Experiential Learning?

Experiential Learning is a methodology in which educators purposefully engage with students in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, and clarify values. Experiential Learning has been around for many years, but is at the forefront as it is proven to help students with their personal development​. To better prepare students for their professional lives, student development in higher education has become an important goal for educational leaders.​


All students are able to view the jobs in Ignite on mySuccess

You do not need to apply to the Ignite Program to view jobs. All students can view the positions and given the option to apply according to the instructions on the job posting. If you are hired into an Ignite position, you are now a part of the Ignite program. All positions are hired by individual supervisors or departments.

Before you apply, make sure you meet the eligibility requirements listed below.

Welcome back to Ignite!. All students are able to view and apply to the positions on mySuccess. Students will be required to attend a Launch Session after they have been hired into a position. As a returning student, you will need to complete Launch Session for returning students. 

Application Information

How do I apply?

Ignite jobs are posted on mySuccess at the start of each semester. Below are the steps on how to view the Ignite jobs available on campus:

  1. Log into mySuccess under "Students/Alumni"
  2. On the left nevigation menu click Ignite-Work Study
  3. Click View all available job postings

Application Help

Each job posting will have a list of required documents and how to apply to the position. Here are some tips:

  • If you need help with your cover letter and resume, consider making an appointment with one of our Career Advisors. You can book a 30-minute appointment and can help you tailor your cover letter and resume to the job posting.
  • Make sure your resume and cover letter are submitted in PDF format
  • Each job posting will also have instructions: apply through mySuccess or via email. Please ensure you read the application procedure!

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.

Eligibility Criteria 

  • A student can only hold one Ignite-funded position each year and once hired cannot move to a different Ignite position. The only exception is when a student is hired into a Fall-only position and is then hired into a different Ignite role for Winter. 
  • Please note that participation in Summer 2023 Ignite does not affect a student's eligibility for the Fall 2023 and Winter 2024 terms.  

Students must meet the following requirements to be hired into an Ignite-funded position and eligible to work on campus through this program: 

  • Good academic standing (cumulative average of 60% or higher and not be on academic probation); 
  • Registered in a minimum course load (60% for domestic; 80% for international; 40% for students with a documented permanent disability); 
  • Not in a co-op work term in the semester they are employed in an Ignite position; 
  • International students must have a fully approved study permit and a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN). 
  • Students cannot work more than 24 hours per week on campus (across all roles they may be hired into). Students with a GA role are limited to 100 hours of other work per semester.  

** International students that have yet to land in Canada or those that have returned home before obtaining a SIN, may not be eligible at this time. For more details about how international students can obtain a SIN, see: https://www.uwindsor.ca/international-student-centre/87/working 


Next Steps

First Time Working at the University of Windsor?

  • Please carefully review the information on Student Appointments from Human Resources for further infomation about hiring procedures, requirements, multiple appointments, and the number of hours students are elgible to work on campus each term.

  • 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.

  • Once you have an employee number, you’ll have to complete your mandatory training within your first 2 weeks of employment.

Returning Employee?

  • Please carefully review the information on Student Appointments from Human Resources for further infomation about hiring procedures, requirements, multiple appointments, and the number of hours students are elgible to work on campus each term.

  • 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.

Ignite Work Period, Summer 2023

  • First day of work for students continuing from the Winter 2023 (who received funding and are eligible for work)  Monday, May 1st, 2023
  • Summer 2023 first day of work  Monday, May 8th, 2023
  • Deadline to hire — Friday, July 9th, 2023
  • Last day of work — Friday, August 18th, 2023
  • Final payroll process — Friday, August 25th, 2023

Ignite Work Period, Fall 2023

  • First day of work — Monday, September 5th, 2023
  • Deadline to hire Fall only —  Friday, October 27th, 2023 
  • Last day of work, final payroll submission  Thursday, December 21st, 2023

Ignite Work Period, Winter 2024

  • Winter 2024 first day of work  Wednesday, Jan 3rd 2024
  • Deadline to hire a student for winter-only roles — Friday, Feb 23 2024
  • Last day of work — Friday, April 12th, 2024
  • Final payroll process — Friday, April 19th 2024

Information on student payroll can be found on our payroll website: http://www.uwindsor.ca/finance/sites/uwindsor.ca.finance/files/student_hiring_procedures.pdf

Your time sheets are to be submitted to your supervisor bi-weekly. All timesheets must be signed off before being submitted to the payroll office. A copy of the submission calendar is available here.

Time sheets are available online, but always check with your supervisor how they wanto you to submit your payroll.

What is a Launch Session?

A launch session is a onboarding session that is required for all students who are hired into an Ignite position. Students are required to attend a Launch Session within the first two weeks of their start date.  These sessions can be found online on mySuccess.

How to Sign-up For a Launch Session

Step 1: To Sign up, login mySuccess

Step 2: Select "Career" on the blue menu on the left

Step 3: Select "Career Events"

Step 4: Select "View Career Calendar"

Step 5: Select the "Ignite Launch Session" event that works best for you

Step 6: Select "Register for this event"

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!

Resources for Hired Students


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

Initial Check-In

Within the first two weeks of your employment, you will have a meeting with your supervisor reflecting on goals, competencies and learning outcomes. 

Performance Evaluation

Within the last 2 weeks of your employment, you and your supervisor will have a meeting reflecting on similar topics to your initial check-in.

Your Supervisor will complete a performance evaluation for you and review it with you at an in-person meeting. Both you and your Supervisor will sign the form to indicate that you have discussed the results of their evaluation. 

Once complete, the supervisor can email a copy to you and cc:Ignite or you and the supervisor will sign the form, and you will upload it to BlackBoard under "Check-Ins"

Final Reflection

In addition to your final performance evaluation (Completed by your supervisor) you are required to complete a final reflection. Students will complete a Final Reflection on their own on Qualtrics after their performance evaluation. They do not have to print or fill out anything on paper; it will be done completely online. Their Final Reflection should take place after your performance evaluation.


Have Questions?

Please contact our Program Coordinator, by emailing ignite@uwindsor.ca