College Life at York (CLAY)

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CLAY is a Work/Study program for the Colleges on the Keele campus where positions focus on enhancing the student experience within the college system. These positions provide undergraduate students with opportunities to establish new programs or provide services to fellow students within the college and contain less than 20 per cent clerical work. These jobs are primarily available during the September to April academic session, although a limited number of jobs are also available in the summer to students who will be continuing their studies in the following fall/winter session or are enrolled in summer courses. Students who are awarded a CLAY position cannot hold another CLAY, RAY, YES or Work/Study position concurrently.


You may be eligible for the CLAY program if you meet all of the following criteria:
  • Undergraduate student enrolled in a degree program.
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Demonstrate satisfactory academic progress (i.e. you are not on academic warning/probation).
  • Have not defaulted on previous student loans or other government bursary programs.
  • Fall/winter session (September to April): full-time in both the fall and winter terms, that is, at least 60 percent of a full course load (at least nine credits) in each term or at least 40 percent (at least six credits) in each term for students with a permanent disability.
  • Summer session (May to August): student must be registered full-time in at least 60 percent of a full course load (or 40 percent of a full course load, for students with a permanent disability) or registered as a full-time student in the preceding winter term and returning to full-time studies in the following fall term.

We encourage students to apply for government financial aid (for example, OSAP or the comparable assistance program in the student's home province).

Salary Rate

Hourly rates can vary with the nature of the job. The rate of pay will be indicated on the job posting and/or you will be advised by the employer during the interview.

Benefits and Responsibilities

The CLAY program helps you meet your expenses during the academic year and offers you valuable life and work experience with flexible hours that work around your academics. It also provides work experience in your area of study as a number of jobs are program related. Here are some examples of past CLAY positions:

  • Clubs and Program Support Assistant
  • Academic Resource Adviser
  • Productions Technical Manager/Technical Director
  • Conference and Symposia Assistant
  • Alumni Affairs Developer

As a CLAY student, you are a valued York University employee and have important responsibilities. All students are expected to:

  • Complete your assigned duties.
  • Keep your supervisor informed of your availability to work the agreed-upon hours.
  • If you are unable to honour your commitment, speak to your supervisor immediately and try to arrange a more workable schedule.
  • If you withdraw or drop to part-time status during the academic session, inform your employer immediately: you will no longer be eligible for the CLAY program and will have to resign from your position.

Employment Options Available to International Students

Visit York International for information about working in Canada.