Summer 2020 - Policy, Research, Information Management and Analysis

The Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSE) is committed to hiring students in globally recognized institutions for a variety of technical and administrative openings. If you are interested in working in a challenging role within a dynamic environment, make CSE your first choice!

Students at CSE have the opportunity to work on challenging and interesting projects related to their field of study. Collaboration and innovation are two values that are imbedded in CSE’s culture and these are directly reflected in the type of work assigned to students. CSE is also an evolving organization that offers developmental opportunities to students, which can potentially help them to be considered for future employment. In order to provide a great work-life balance, CSE has interesting alternative work arrangements to meet the student’s personal requirements.

CSE is Canada's National Cryptologic Agency. Our mandate is to:

  • Acquire and provide foreign signals intelligence;
  • Provide advice, guidance and services to help ensure the protection of Government of Canada electronic information and information infrastructures; and
  • Provide technical and operational assistance to federal law enforcement and security agencies.

This posting encompasses a wide variety of positions held within CSE in several fields including but not limited to policy, research and analysis.

The positions open for applications are:

Emergency Management Program Officer

IM Governance and Compliance

Policy, Planning, Analysis and Assessment

Protective and Personnel Security Administration/Policy

Research and Analysis / Library and Information Studies

Position Requirements

Educational Requirements:

  • You must have experience in analyzing national or international security or intelligence issues, conducting research, writing research papers, working on multiple projects at once, networking and relationship building, and analytic and strategic thinking. You must also be able to communicate effectively in English and to work in a team environment
  • Educational Requirements:
    • You should currently by in your 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of post-secondary studies or studying at the graduate level
    • You must be registered in a recognized post-secondary program in the social sciences, or in a field relevant to the position for example, but not limited to, political science, public administration, international studies, security administration, criminology, psychology, or records management.
  • French considered an asset for any of these position openings

Salary range:
Student salaries are set by CSE and are based on students’ academic level and previously completed work terms.  Rates are as follows: College (from $573.38 to $701.63), undergraduate (from $642.00 - $766.13) and post-graduate ($754.13 to $892.88) per week.

To apply:

You must apply online by selecting "Apply" below.

On your cover letter, indicate which position you are interested in and what makes you a possible candidate for that position.

You must be registered as a full time student at your university or college.

Please note that applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Security Requirements:

You must be a Canadian Citizen and eligible for a Top Secret security clearance.

The security screening process involves a security interview, a polygraph test, a psychological assessment, and a background investigation covering a minimum of your last 10 years history, including credit and financial verifications.

Ongoing substance abuse is a factor to be assessed as part of your screening process.

CSE is a government agency located in the Ottawa region. Relocation assistance will be provided to students studying at an accredited academic institution located outside the National Capital Region.

CSE supports the Employment Equity Act. We encourage candidates to apply if they belong to the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, persons of Aboriginal descent, or persons with disabilities. CSE offers an assessment process which will accommodate the needs of persons with disabilities.  If you may need such accommodation, please advise us.

This job posting may be used to fill a number of positions.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive each semester, it is greatly appreciated that candidates apply ONLY ONCE through our website. We thank all those who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.


  1. Emergency Management Program Officer

CSE is looking for people to support our Emergency Management Office by assisting with exercise planning, business continuity management, analysis and reporting, policy and procedures, client support, communications, education and awareness, and project management.

  1. IM Governance and Compliance

Under the direction of IM Governance and Compliance, the student may be involved in doing any of the following type of Information Management research or access service activities:

Records Office support:

  • Respond to client requests for creation, filing, charge in and charge out of corporate files
  • Support retention and disposition activities
  • Collection digitisation and quality assurance

Support to Information Management Advisors:

  • Policy review activities
  • Client support: Provide IM advice and guidance to clients related to IM policy, procedures and initiatives
  • Support IM Advisor with activities under the Compliance and Monitoring program

Support to Trainers and Training and Awareness Analysts:

  • Assist with planning awareness activities such as: IM Days, Lunch and Learns, promoting new initiatives
  • Reviewing and updating training material


Records Office support:

Attention to detail


Organisational skills

Service oriented individual

Support to Information Management Advisors:



Networking and relationship building

Information management experience

Support to Trainers and Training and Awareness Analysts:

Comfortable speaking in front of groups/crowds

Facilitation skills

Analytical skills

Planning and Organizing

  1. Policy, Planning, Analysis and Assessment
  • The Strategic Policy and Planning Directorate at CSE is looking for someone to assist the Directorate with its main categories of activities, namely accountability and reporting, partnerships, government liaison, and helping CSE decision makers in making business planning decisions to implement policies and assess performance, in order to advance CSE’s operational missions. The student would work with the Strategic Policy and Planning Advisors to prepare authorization documents and policy briefs, conduct research and participate in interdepartmental fora.
  • The IT Security Policy, Oversight and Compliance group at CSE is looking for students to work in either the Operational Policy team or the Compliance team. The student would work with Policy and Compliance Advisors to help prepare policy and/or compliance documentation, conduct research and provide relevant policy analysis
  • The IT Security Program Management and Oversight group at CSE is looking for someone to work in either the Business Planning team or the resource management team. The student would assist Business Planners and Resource Managers to conduct research and provide analysis to prepare various documents
  • The Cyber Threat Evaluation Centre at CSE is looking for someone to write cyber threat assessments. The student would work with writers and technical personnel to conduct research provide analysis and help prepare assessments
  1. Protective and Personnel Security Administration/Policy

CSE is looking for people to support our Personnel Security group by assisting with performance measurement and planning, database entries including maintenance and reporting, client support, assistance with clearance processes and security project management

We are looking for students with the following skills:

  • Strong analytical ability (analysis of security requirements and performance measures).
  • Proficiency in standard office software tools (excel, word, etc).
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with multiple government departments and clients.
  1. Research and Analysis / Library and Information Studies

1) Summary of duties (Library Positions):

Under the direction of the supervisor of library services, the student may be involved in doing any of the following types of library research or access service activities:

  • Providing client services person and virtually
  • Assisting clients in identifying and accessing information resources
  • Conducting research using various sources on behalf of clients
  • Identifying information resources for inclusion in the collection.
  • Assisting other employees in research techniques individually or in a group setting.
  • Conducting collection maintenance activities physically and electronically.
  • Cataloguing according to internationally accepted standards and using Library of Congress subject headings.

              2) Summary of duties (Research and Analysis Positions):

Under the direction of their supervisor, the student may be involved in doing any of the following types of research and analytical activities:

  • Meeting with stakeholders from various business lines to gather information requirements
  • Preparing for and conducting research on a variety of topics
  • Compiling and analyzing information to answer a specific research question
  • Writing analytical end products for dissemination
  • Identifying and evaluating information resources in support of open source intelligence activities