The Government of Saskatchewan is a great place to begin or continue a career.
That’s why we make our Co-operative and Summer Student Programs a priority. Every year, we recruit new talent from post-secondary schools around the province. We know that students are the future, often bringing in new skills and ideas.
“Students help deliver government’s programs and services to our clients. They bring a diversity of perspective to our workplaces, as well as getting valuable experience to start their careers."
- Cam Swan, Deputy Minister to the Premier and Cabinet Secretary
Over the last year, more than 1,000 students have worked at the Government of Saskatchewan. Here are a few of their stories.
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Eddye Kirk has worked in the Government of Saskatchewan’s Francophone Affairs branch for the last three summers. She is currently studying for a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Regina. This fall she will begin her final year of her undergraduate degree and begin working towards her Honours.
In her time with government, Eddye has helped communicate to Saskatchewan’s Fransaskois community. Some of the work she has done includes summarizing French Saskatchewan news, helping update government’s Bonjour Facebook page, and developing infographics and fact sheets.
“I have been very lucky to work in such an encouraging atmosphere!” Eddye said. “It has been extremely positive to be able to work with a team of individuals who are proud to work and provide services in French.”
Colbi Kuppenbender has spent this summer working with the Ministry of Environment's Environmental Protection Branch (Landfills). She will be returning to the University of Regina this fall to continue working towards a Bachelor of Science, double majoring in geology and biology.
In her time with government, Colbi travelled around the province inspecting closed landfills and transfer stations. She also helped educate different municipalities on the importance of following waste management regulations and standards to ensure the health of our environment.
“As a student wanting to pursue an environmental career, I think education is the key to ensuring a sustainable future!” Colbi said.
Shantelle Sjuberg was a Visitor Experience Assistant for the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport this summer. Although her official title doesn’t say it, she was also the Ambassador of Fun! She is studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.
In her time with government, Shantelle acted as a key liaison between the Regina office and Park Program Coordinators, where she offered assistance in a variety of ways. Some of the projects she worked on includes planning special events such as the SaskExpress and Terrance Littletent tours, co-ordinating the implementation of several Lifejacket Loaner Stations, teaching Learn to Fish programs, and even acting as a model for a photo shoot!
“The student program has helped me enhance my work experience and has encouraged me to perform to the best of my ability,” Shantelle said. “This experience has provided me insight on a path for my future!"
Sachin Dhupar has served an eight-month term in the Human Resource Service Centre at the Public Service Commission as a Configuration Technical Assistant. He is currently studying at the University of Regina and working towards a Bachelor of Science with a major in Computer Science.
In his time with government, Sachin’s main responsibility was to handle Service Desk requests for MIDAS, a program government used to manage HR processes. He also used technology and worked out technical issues with a variety of other systems government uses to manage HR services.
“Overall, it was an amazing experience,” Sachin said. “I really appreciate how I was treated the same as the full-time employees and not just a summer student during my time here.”
Lee Freitag has spent the last year working in the Ministry of Central Services’ Communications Branch. He is working towards a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in English at the University of Regina.
In his time with government, Lee has worked on a number of projects like running the ministry’s weekly newsletter and creating government-wide communication materials on information security. He also helped revamp the ministry’s internal website.
“I have learned a lot about working in communications and the role it plays in government,” Lee said. “It definitely showed me the kind of job I can get with an English degree.”
Amy Morris has been the marketing assistant for the Marketing and Communications Branch of the Ministry of Trade and Export Development for two co-op terms over a total of 12 months. She is in her fourth year as a business student at the University of Regina, where she is majoring in Marketing and Human Resources.
In her time with the branch, Amy has helped co ordinate marketing materials for international trade shows and missions, burning her way through thousands of USBs. She assembles sponsorship packages evaluating sponsoring requests from industry groups and helps the marketing team enact the benefits provided by these sponsorships. She also helps post content on the ministry’s social media channels and responds to social media inquiries.
“One of the projects I worked on was a video shoot at Dandy’s Artisan Ice Cream in Regina. This video showcased the impact and value local entrepreneurs have on the community,” Amy said. “I have really enjoyed helping people in Saskatchewan and helping employers start/grow their businesses.”
Matt Fellwock spent the summer with the Ministry of Environment's Environmental Protection Branch. As a University of Saskatchewan Bachelor of Science (Environmental Earth Sciences) student, this was right up his alley.
In his time with government, Matt was exposed to many different elements of the job, including gaining valuable hands-on experience, report writing and experience with clients.
"My summer position was interesting,” Matt said. “I learned about the role government plays in environmental protection in relation to waste management, and I was able to take part in a potash mine inspection to see what to look for and learn what other sectors are doing.”
Serhii Matviichuk spent this summer as a Research Officer for the Status of Women Office at the Ministry of Advanced Education. He is currently pursuing his Master of Public Administration through the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.
In his time with the government, Serhii gained valuable experience on various projects related to gender equity and equality in Saskatchewan. He realized how important it is to work towards understanding the barriers that affect women’s economic opportunities and entrepreneurship. He also learned about the many impacts of interpersonal violence and abuse on women and their families, and helped research ways of addressing the complex issue in Saskatchewan.
“I consider myself lucky to have had this opportunity to gain important professional experience,” Serhii said. “Working at the Government of Saskatchewan is a great opportunity to build a career, gain perspective into how government functions, and to put my previous experience into practice.”