Students and recent graduates

Students and recent graduates

Image of students at the Office of the Auditor General of Canada

At the Office of the Auditor General of CanadaOAG, hiring students and recent graduates is a practice rooted in our history—many of our employees joined the OAG when they were students. We give talented students and graduates like you a real role in our organization. We will also provide you with the resources, guidance and mentoring you need to achieve your professional goals.

Still in school

Student jobs

Whether you are enrolled in regular program studies or a co-op program, we recruit students year-round for part-time and full-time student jobs in a range of fields such as finance, administration, communications, human resources, legal, and information technology.

Student recruitment cycles
Term Dates
Summer May to August
Fall September to December
Winter January to April

To be eligible, you must be enrolled in full-time or part-time studies.

The OAG also hires students through the Government of Canada’s Federal Student Work Experience Program.

Financial audit summer student work-term

A position as a financial audit summer student is a great opportunity for university students looking for a head start in gaining work experience recognized by Chartered Professional AccountantsCPA Canada. Students work closely with audit professionals to build a foundation of knowledge and skills that will not only complement their studies, but also lead to a successful CPA certification.

To qualify, you must be

  • enrolled in a full-time undergraduate accounting program at a recognized university
  • returning to full-time studies in the semester following the completion of the financial audit summer student work-term
  • intending to obtain (or already in the process of obtaining) a CPA designation

Performance audit students enrolled in a master’s degree program

The OAG hires performance audit students who are currently enrolled in a master’s degree program in various fields such as public or business administration, environmental science, social sciences, applied science, law, and engineering, depending on our recruitment needs. Students can get a head start on learning for their future career in performance auditing.

Recent or soon-to-be graduates

University recruitment

Each year, we recruit recent and soon-to-be graduates from many different fields from universities across Canada.

Upcoming virtual recruitment events

Are you an accounting or Chartered Professional AccountantCPA student looking for practical experience to fulfill your CPA designation? Please come to learn more about the Office of the Auditor General of CanadaOAG and the opportunities that are available.

Upcoming virtual recruitment events
Host Event Date
York University
(Schulich Accounting Society)
Summer Speaker Series 24 August 2020
Chartered Professional AccountantsCPA British Columbia Employer Showcase 26 August 2020
Carleton University
(Sprott Accounting Student Association)
Speed Networking Event 27 August 2020
Virtual Networking Night 15 September 2020
University of Ottawa
(Telfer Accounting Club)
Réseau Franco 9 September 2020
Wine and Cheese 14 September 2020
Chartered Professional AccountantsCPA Alberta Meet your Employer 10 and 11 September 2020
Queen’s University
(Smith School of Business)
Accounting Industry Night 14 September 2020
École des hautes études commercialesHEC Montréal,
Université du Québec à Montréal (École des sciences de la gestionESG),
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Cocktail de recrutement Comptables professionnels agréésCPA 22 September 2020
Concordia University,
McGill University
Chartered Professional AccountantsCPA Recruitment Cocktail 23 September 2020
Université du Québec en Outaouais Cocktail de recrutement Comptables professionnels agréésCPA 24 September 2020
Saint Mary’s University,
Dalhousie University,
Mount Saint Vincent University
Halifax Universities Career Fair 29 September 2020
Université Laval,
Université du Québec à Rimouski (Comptables professionnels agréésCPA
comité étudiant)
Cocktail de recrutement 30 September 2020

Financial audit trainee program

The work performed by financial audit trainees during their three-year term within the OAG's pre-approved external audit program enables them to fulfill all of the CPA experience requirements and write the Common Final Examination (CFE). We support trainees with a CPA mentor, coaching, employer-paid tuition, paid study days, and examination fees.

Pathway for financial auditors

Flowchart showing the number of years it will take to get from audit trainee to audit professional (about 3 years) and to audit project leader (about 4 years)
Text version

On successful completion of the financial audit trainee program, financial audit trainees are promoted to the Audit Professional level. As audit professionals, they begin to perform independent audits and are given additional responsibilities. They may then be appointed as audit project leaders for a team of auditors.

Performance audit trainee program

The performance audit trainee program is open to candidates who have a master’s degree in a wide variety of fields such as public or business administration, environmental science, social sciences, applied science, law, and engineering. The two-year program allows trainees to develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities to conduct performance audits and involves formal training, practical experience, and mentoring.

Pathway for performance auditors

Flowchart showing the number of years it will take to get from audit trainee to audit professional (about 2 years) and to audit project leader (about 4 years)
Text version

On successful completion of the performance audit trainee program, performance audit trainees are promoted to the Audit Professional level. As audit professionals, they begin to perform independent audits and are given additional responsibilities. They may then be appointed as audit project leaders for a team of auditors.

Photo of Anastasiya Abmiotka

“I chose to work at the OAG as a financial audit trainee because I have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the lives of Canadians. As part of my work, I enjoy learning about and collaborating with a variety of organizations and stakeholders throughout Canada. As a recent graduate, I feel that the OAG understands the importance of my professional development, and provides every student with the training and support necessary to successfully navigate their CPA journey.”

Anastasiya Abmiotka Chartered Professional AccountantCPA, Financial Audit Professional

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