Most students need to find a job during school or in the summer to help finance themselves through their studies. These types of jobs not only can get you money, but can also give you skills that can make you more marketable to employers after graduation.
Everything you need to know to locate jobs on campus.
- Research Opportunity Database
Work for McGill professors - lab work, field research, data analysis and more.
- Work as a tutor
How to apply to be a tutor with McGill Tutorial Service.
After you logged in: Click the "Jobs" menu link -> Choose "Advanced Search" -> Choose "More Filters" -> In the "Job Function" drop-down box, pick "On-Campus Jobs" -> Click the "Search" button to see the listings.
- Work Study Program
Designated on-campus jobs for students with greater financial need. To be eligible for the program, students must first apply and be receiving the maximum government aid.
Student Work Programs
The Government of Canada offers many student/summer/part-time programs for students to gain work experience in their field of study. Some programs accept applications in October and others in January. Opportunities available include: Tour guides, teaching assistants and other office work and more.
- Young Canada Works (YCW): Work as a heritage interpreter, tour guide, child development worker, programs coordinator and more. For a list of YCW delivery organizations: Organizations. Must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.
- Canada Summer Jobs: Designed to help students find summer jobs by providing funding subsidies to employers so that they can create career-related summer jobs for students between the ages of 15 to 30. As a student, you may ask your potential employer to apply. Deadline: February 26.
- YES Internship Program: To help young English-speakers integrate into the job market through on-the-job-training. Must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.
- Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP): Provides full-time students work experience related to their field of study. The campaign runs from October.
- Advanced Policy Analyst Program (APAP): 4 to 6 assignments in governmental agencies for candidates interested in Canadian public policy and governance. Must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident. Deadline: Early October.
- Bank of Canada: Positions in accounting, business, economics, HR, finance, etc.
- Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME): Positions in research, accounting, administration, information systems, translation and more. Applications are accepted in March/April for summer internships, June/July for fall internships and Octor for spring internships.
- Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS): Student positions as a co-op student or a trainee.
- Canadian Pacific (CN): Internships opportuniteis. Positions usually are posted from May to August.
- Canada Revenue Agency (CRA): Opportunities in areas such as audits, HR, IT, and others.
- Export Development Canada (EDC): Recruit students in commerce, international business, finance, accounting, law and other disciplines. Positions usually ares posted form February to May.
- International Development Research Centre (IDRC): Opportunities in research as well as in other areas such as finance, human resources, IT, communication, public health, agriculture. Deadline: End-January.
- IRIC Next Generation Awards (IRIC): 12 to 16-week summer internship in the field of cancer research. Deadline: Early February. Must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.
- National Assembly of Québec (ASSNAT): For both part-time and full-time student during the last school semester. The jobs are full-time in summer and part-time in fall and winter.
- National Capital Commission (NCC): A variety of summer and student part-time jobs. Work as a historical researcher, biologist, interpreter guide, environmental assistant and more. Positions are usually posted from January to April.
- National Research Council (NRC): This program provides students with practical career-related experience in research and development, library sciences, communications, marketing and other areas. Must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident. Deadline: Feb 28.
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC): For full-time students. The student employment program renews each year at the beginning of January.
- Parks Canada: Youth Ambassador Program for summer. Deadline: Mid-February.
- Parliament of Canada: Summer and student employment in Parliament Hill. Students can work as a Parliamentary tour guide (Deadline: mid-January), a page at the House of Commons (Recruitment cycle: Oct-Dec), an intern in the Senate of Canada (Recruitment cycle: April).
- More Summer / Student Programs
- Explore - Language Bursary Program: A five-week intensive language-learning course in spring or summer. Deadline: Feb. 28.
- Language Assistants Program (in French): Work as a French language assistant in the United Kingdom (Deadline: January 31), Germany (Deadline: February 15) and Mexico (Deadline: January 31). This is a nine-month program.
- Odyssey - Language Assistant Program: Nine-month, full-time paid positions for language assistants in rural or semi-urban areas that are generally outside the assistants' province or territory of permanent residence. Deadline: Feb. 28.
- Teaching English in France: A seven-month position (Oct to April). Deadline: Feb. 15.
- Teaching in Camps: Find an ESL/FSL camp or school for teaching opportunities.
Summer Job Options
There are four main industries which hire students throughout the summer:
- Tourism: Festivals, entertainment parks, holiday resorts
- Food Service: Catering companies, hotels, coffee shops
- Summer Camps : Music camps, sports camps, camps for kids with special needs
- Office Work: Clerical work, customer service representatives, administrative assistants.
Summer Job Websites
Part-time and Seasonal Job Websites
Work for Provincial or Municipal Governments
Municipal and provincial governments often offer student jobs in summer. Consult the career section on their websites for job opportunities.
- Provincial and Municipal Job Websites
Links to summer job boards from Ville de Montréal, City of Ottawa, Toronto, Ontario, etc.
Articles of Interest
Read more on how to get a summer job:
Summer Camp Jobs
Many camps require a huge number of summer workers. Opportunities include camp counsellors, administrative assistant, sports instructor, playground leader, camp programmer, and monitors. Most camps last from two to four weeks. To find a list of summer camps and contact them for opportunities:
- Montreal - MontrealFamilies.ca
- Quebec - Association des camps du Québec
- Ontario - Ontario Camps Association
- British Columbia - BC Camping Association
- Canada - Canadian Camping Association
- USA - American Camp Association
- Canada & USA - Camps & Program Search (Our Kids)
Seasonal Work and Working Vacations
A short-term or cultural exchange program usually focuses on homestays, language skills, community service or other cultural activities. The exchange can last from one week to three months. The working holiday makers usually work an average of 4 hours per day in exchange for free accommodation and meals.
A seasonal job is a type of work that workers are hired to fill a temporary need for a certain period of time. Common seasonal jobs: Fruit picking, working in holiday resorts, tree planting, child care/au pairs, etc.
- Cultural Exchange Programs - Links to organizations providing short-term exchange opportunities.
- Seasonal Jobs - Links to employers providing seasonal jobs or part-time jobs.
- Catering/Hotel Jobs - Links to employers in catering service/hotel business.
- Tree Planting Jobs - Links to websites providing a list of tree planting companies.