Student Connections

CPHR BC & Yukon is connected to several post-secondary institutions throughout the province which offer academic programs/studies in human resources management. CPHR BC & Yukon student members use this connection to support their educational pursuits toward a career in the human resources.

Get Involved

At CPHR BC & Yukon, there are eight regions throughout BC and the Yukon which have an Advisory Council and a School Liaison whose role is to develop relationships with the regions’ post-secondary institutions. Through these strong links the student membership flourishes and programs and services are developed to support our future HR professionals.

Student Ambassadors, who are members of CPHR BC & Yukon, may be appointed to foster the relationships between the institution’s students, faculty, staff and CPHR BC & Yukon. These roles are typically available at the end of the school year in preparation for the next year. This provides an excellent opportunity for our student members to get involved with their professional association.

Student Events and Programs

CPHR BC & Yukon undertakes and supports many post-secondary events and programs across BC. These vary from region to region and may include:

  • HR Industry Nights – speak directly with HR professionals about what it is like in their job and how they got there
  • Student Summit – an annual virtual summit with speakers, networking and more
  • On-campus HR Clubs – student-lead HR groups
  • Case Competitions – CPHR BC & Yukon has partnered with CPHR Alberta on HRC West – Western Canada’s premier HR case competition
  • Student Ambassador – see below for details

Student Ambassador

A Student Ambassador is a bridge between CPHR BC & Yukon and their post-secondary institution. This is an opportunity for enthusiastic, career driven HR students who want to make a difference in their community. CPHR BC & Yukon Student Ambassadors will have the chance to inspire other students and enhance their post-secondary experience; building upon their resume and professional network. 

*This is a volunteer role for students who are members of the association at the time of application.

“Being a CPHR student ambassador has opened up the door for numerous opportunities that I would otherwise have missed. I was able to build a strong HR network, learn and grow alongside stellar HR professionals, and accomplish personal development. My biggest takeaway? – I chose HR because this is what I love, but now I love what I do in HR.”

Tracy Choi, Student Ambassador for KPU 2020-2021

A summary of the role and application pre-requisites are;

  • Represent/be the face of CPHR BC & Yukon on campus
  • Support CPHR BC & Yukon strategic objectives, particularly those of the regional Advisory Council
  • Interact and engage HR students, faculty and staff in CPHR BC & Yukon activities and opportunities
  • Develop strong networks within the local HR community
  • Be a student member in good standing of CPHR BC & Yukon
  • Be enrolled in a Post-Secondary institution (listed below) in a Human Resources Program (preferably a 3rd or 4th year student in a HR undergraduate program, or 2nd year student in a HR diploma program) and be planning to be in school for the 2021-2022 school year starting Sept 2021
  • Where an HR Club exists at the school, be a member, and ideally a leader of same – (nice to have not a requirement)
  • Academic Standing of 2.5 GPA or greater


  • Expose your post-secondary community to the CPHR BC & Yukon association to increase the profile of both the association and the HR profession with the aim of growing student membership:
    • Be familiar with, and promote, information to fellow students on the range of benefits & programs, such as the CPHR designation, mentoring program, networking events, job board, scholarships, HR Toolkit etc.;
    • Assist or conduct information sessions and presentations (in person or online/virtual) on CPHR BC & Yukon and the HR profession on campus;
    • Maintain a good relationship and active communications with relevant HR staff and faculty at the school who are willing to play a support and advisory role; and
    • Be a champion of the NKE Accreditation Agreement (if one exists) on campus.
  • Provide a conduit of information between the local student members and the association, and vice versa to continually improve member service.
  • Participate in and attend appropriate other local CPHR BC & Yukon events.
  • Participate in and increase social media presence as it relates to the role. Ensure any HR club webpages/platforms are accurate and up to date.
  • Be available to answer questions from all relevant parties (or refer them to appropriate staff or resources).
  • Attend Student Ambassador meetings with the Advisory Council Post-Secondary portfolios and staff as appropriate.
  • Help recruit a replacement Student Ambassador when own term is up, and ensure a smooth transition.

Skills Required

  • Strong organizational, time management, and communication skills
  • Ability to work with Google documents or other file sharing platforms including #Slack for regular communications
  • Outgoing, enthusiastic with great leadership skills
  • Innovative self-starter who is able to figure out on their own how best to communicate with their fellow students, instructors and faculty at their particular institution


Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain a better understanding of CPHR BC & Yukon and the HR profession
  • Create a broader professional network within the local HR community
  • Improve their knowledge and skills of the HR profession
  • Gain experience to build their resume
  • Have an opportunity for meaningful volunteer, making a difference for their fellow students
  • Receive their next Student Membership renewal (or equivalent amount) complimentary

Commitment & Timeline

The Student Ambassador cycle follows the academic year of September to June. Ideally the Ambassador will be in place at the beginning of the academic year so recruitment occurs before the summer break i.e. March – May. The commitment is for each period is one academic year. Students may be Ambassadors for more than one year. Time commitment approximately 3-5 hours a month, although this may vary significantly depending on activities.

Optional Volunteer Opportunity

Each regional Advisory Council has a number of portfolios with sub-committees for which recruitment, duties and timelines are determined locally. Student Ambassadors may apply for these roles or other projects/assignments as determined by the AC Portfolio.

How to Apply

Qualified and interested students may apply via the Student Ambassador Application Form.  Application includes:

  • Current resume
  • Letter of recommendation from professor or employer
  • Proof of post-secondary registration and GPA

Once you have these ready, you may apply through the following links for the schools that presently have openings;

We are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. Deadlines are differ per region. Please see deadlines below.

  • Central Interior  – Apply HERE
    • Thompson Rivers University
  • Coastal Vancouver – Open until filled – APPLY HERE 
    • UBC – Sauder School of Business – FILLED
    • Capilano University – OPEN 2021-2022
    • Langara College – OPEN 2021-2022
    • SFU – Continuing Studies – FILLED
    • Acsenda School of Management – FILLED
  • Fraser Valley – Open until filled – APPLY HERE 
    • Kwantlen Polytechnic University – FILLED
    • University of the Fraser Valley – FILLED
    • Trinity Western University – FILLED
  • Greater Vancouver – Open until filled – APPLY HERE 
    • BCIT – OPEN 2021-2022
    • Douglas College – FILLED
    • Simon Fraser University – Beedie School of Business – FILLED
  • Northern Region – Apply HERE
    • University of Northern BC
    • College of New Caledonia
    • Northern Lights College
    • North West Community College
  • Southern Interior –  Apply HERE
    • Okanagan College
    • University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus
    • Selkirk College
    • College of the Rockies
  • Vancouver Island – Apply HERE
    • Camosun College
    • North Island College
    • Royal Roads University
    • University of Victoria
    • Vancouver Island University

Scholarships & Bursaries

CPHR BC & Yukon supports several annual scholarships and bursaries throughout the province. The size of the award, nature and terms of reference vary from region to region and school to school. For most scholarships & bursaries please contact your school directly for information and how to apply. We currently support a variety of scholarships & bursaries in the following schools:

Central Interior

  • Thompson Rivers University

Coastal Vancouver

  • Capilano University
  • University of British Columbia

Greater Vancouver

  • British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • Simon Fraser University

Fraser Valley

  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • University of the Fraser Valley


  • University of Northern BC
  • Scholarship open to students at CNC

Southern Interior

  • Okanagan College
  • Scholarship open to students at UBCO and all other institutions in the Southern Interior

Vancouver Island

  • Camosun College

Contact your regional Member Relations Manager for more information.