Peer Program Opportunities

An overview of opportunities to be in a peer support role at McGill

Have or know of an opportunity not here? peersupport [at] mcgill.ca (Email us)!

 

Academic Opportunities

AUS Essay Centre

The AUS Essay Centre provides free essay writing assistance from qualified tutors during the Fall and Winter academic semesters. Tutors help students with everything from structure and style to grammar and citation assistance.

Learn more about the centre here

Career Leadership Program

Career Leaders are the link between all McGill students and CaPS. The program is designed to raise awareness of the services offered by CaPS by having a group of dynamic students represent us on campus.

There are three major roles that a Career Leader can take on:

  • Outreach and Liaison (i.e. helping to facilitate events, having a presence in high traffic areas on campus)
  • Advertising & Publicity (i.e. distributing information, postering around campus)
  • Education (i.e. giving Info Sessions, reviewing CVs and LinkedIn profiles).

Learn more here

Homework Zone

Homework Zone connects over 100 McGill students to over 90 elementary school students in the LaSalle and Verdun neighbourhoods in an after-school mentorship program. McGill volunteers are supported throughout their involvement through formal (trainings, reflection events) and informal (individual discussions, support, activities) support. 

Learn more about Homework Zone here

McGill Tutorial Service

McGill students, or alumni up to two years from graduation, are welcome to apply to be a tutor through the McGill Tutorial Service. Tutors help students who are having difficulty in a given subject, require assistance preparing for exams, or need a paper proof-read.

Learn more here

 

 

Faculty, School, and Department-Specific Opportunities

 

Faculty of Arts

Arts ASAP

The Arts Student Advising Program (ASAP) is a joint effort between Arts OASIS and the Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS). The goal of this program is to complement the advising services provided by Arts OASIS by training senior undergraduates to consult students on an anonymous basis.

Learn more on their Facebook

Faculty of Education

EduBuddy Mentoring Program

The EdUS EduBuddy Mentoring Program is a student-run initiative that started in 2012 out of a desire and need to better integrate first-year Education students to McGill. The program's goal is to foster an inclusive community in our Faculty of Education. Current, older Education students in ALL programs (Kindergarten Elementary, Secondary, TESL, Physical Education, Kinesiology, and Music Education) are matched up with new first-year students as someone to look for guidance and friendship.

Click here to learn more

Faculty of Engineering

Engineering Peer Tutoring Services

The Engineering Peer Tutoring Service is a free tutoring service for U0 and U1 engineering students sponsored by the Faculty of Engineering. Tutorial office hours are held on a weekly basis, during which tutors help students with relevant course material, assignments and any general engineering-related subject. Tutors may also hold review sessions before midterms and final exams.

To learn more, visit the Engineering Peer Tutoring website here

Reboot McGill

Reboot is a student-run computer refurbishing club, part of the Engineering Undergraduate Society. Reboot McGill puts repaired computers from across McGill back into the hands of the McGill community, staff, faculty, graduate students and student groups.

Learn how to get involved here. 

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law Student Well-Being Committee

The Student Well-Being Committee works under the auspices of the Law Students Association to provide programming and information for students about how to maintain and improve their physical and mental health.

Learn more here or visit the LSA / AÉD Facebook page

Legal Information Clinic

  • Volunteering at the Clinic - Volunteer positions are restricted to law students from McGill's Faculty of Law who have completed their first year of studies. Volunteers must participate in a mandatory training session, offered twice per year (once in early May, before our summer session, and once in September, before our fall session). Volunteering terms are semestered.
  • Volunteering with Student Advocacy - Any McGill student in their second or third year at the Faculty of Law is eligible for a junior advocacy position. Senior advocates must be in third or fourth year. Both senior and junior advocates have full-year terms. Application instructions for junior advocate positions are emailed to the faculty notice board in the Fall semester. Additional junior positions may exceptionally open up through the year, and these too will be emailed to the faculty notice board.

Learn more about peer support opportunities through LICM here

Faculty of Management

Desautels Peer Program

The Volunteer Career Services Peer Program offers a unique opportunity for students to get involved in the Faculty of Management and to help fellow students learn about Career Services and the various resources we have available. Peer Ambassadors and Peer Advisors help  throughout the academic year with various initiatives such as reviewing resumes, facilitating workshops, hosting drop-in sessions, and participating in employer events. Students in the program start off as Ambassadors and can later apply to become Advisors. Through this program students develop skills beneficial in helping them succeed in their personal career preparation.

Learn more about the program here

Management Career Services Peer Program

The Volunteer Career Services Peer Program offers a unique opportunity for students to get involved in the Faculty of Management and to help fellow students learn about Career Services and the various resources we have available. Peer Ambassadors and Peer Advisors are selected prior to the fall and winter terms and then follow an interactive training program. Peers help us throughout the academic year with various initiatives such as reviewing resumes, facilitating workshops, hosting drop-in sessions, and participating in employer events. Students in the program start off as Ambassadors and can later apply to become Advisors. Through this program students develop skills beneficial in helping them succeed in their personal career preparation.

School of Nursing

Nursing Peer Mentorship Program (NPMP)

The Nursing Peer Mentorship Program is an opportunity for current students and/or recent graduates to share their knowledge and experience with a junior nursing student. Mentors will assisting assist their mentees with University life, McGill resources, Nursing program, Nursing Clinical Experience, Montreal city life, etc.

Learn more here.

Faculty of Science

BASiC Buddies

FASC, the Freshman Arts and Science Committee, has created the ArtSci buddy program to help connect upper-years with first-years to share experiences and provide peer support.

Click here to learn more and register. 

Geography Graduate-Undergraduate Mentorship Program

The mentoring program aims to help undergraduate Geography students prepare and plan for the future. This program matches undergraduate and graduate students with similar interests. Graduate student mentors will meet with their undergraduate students to discuss strategies for gaining life and work experience, grad school, and to answer questions about life after undergrad in general.
 
Learn more about the program here

Neuroscience Undergraduate Buddy Program

The NUM Buddy Program is a great way to meet people in the program beyond your year of study. Younger students are paired with senior students with a similar interest to help facilitate conversations, friendships, advice, and learning. Buddy meet-up events are held once or twice a month and are guaranteed to be a good time! Join the Facebook group and click here to learn more. 

Neuroscience Graduate Buddy Program

The IPN Buddy Program invites graduate students of all levels to become Senior Buddies! Your responsibilities as a Senior Buddy will be to introduce yourself to the new student buddied up with you (via e-mail) and be available to answer questions your Junior Buddy may have. 

Learn more about the program here. 

SUS Peer Tutoring

SUS Peer Tutors volunteer to share their knowledge of science courses with fellow students, as well as provide insights to the relevant professor's teaching approach and testing styles. SUS Peer Tutors also hold tutorials for midterm and exam season for free.

Learn more here

 

 

Support for Specific Student Populations

International Student Buddy Program

The Buddy program pairs new international students with current students who provide the friendly face, helping hand, and first Montreal friendship that can make a world of difference for new arrivals. Buddies can also offer linguistic support, cultural guidance and information about life at McGill. 

Typical "buddy" activities might include:

  • showing international students around campus
  • locating nearby banks and grocery stores
  • helping with an apartment search
  • chatting over a cup of coffee
Learn more here

Indigenous Student Mentorship Program

The Indigenous Student Mentorship Program is designed to connect new First Nations, Inuit and Métis students (Mentees) with senior Undergraduate or Graduate Indigenous students (Mentors) at McGill. Our volunteer mentors help incoming students connect with the community, navigate their first year at the university and in the city, and provide guidance and support to students as they transition to university life in Montreal.

Learn more here

MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program Peer Mentorship

McGill University and The MasterCard Foundation have partnered to offer The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at McGill for academically talented, economically disadvantaged young people from Sub-Saharan Africa. 

One component of the program is Peer Mentorship: a 2-to-2 relationship between upper-year McGill students and Scholars. That is, two mentors are matched with two Scholars in their first year to create a Peer Mentorship Circle. This format aims to expose both mentors and Scholars to a wider network of people, interests, and backgrounds. Peer Mentors provide guidance on life at McGill in a manner that facilitates the Scholars’ transition and success.

Learn more about Peer Mentorship through the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program here

 

 

Personal and Health-Related Support

Students in Mind

Students in Mind is an annual student mental health conference at McGill University that engages students in conversation regarding the importance of mental health, tackling personal stigma and encouraging peer accountability. Volunteers collaborate with a panel of executives in order to plan and facilitate the conference. 

Learn more here

M-SERT

The McGill Student Emergency Response Team (M-SERT) is a volunteer service whose members provide emergency first aid services to McGill University and the Montreal community. M-SERT is now looking for new recruits! Recruitment is conducted at the beginning of each academic year and anyone interested in developing their first aid knowledge and skills is encouraged to apply.

Learn more here

McGill Student Parent Network

The McGill Student Parent Network (MSPN) provides support for McGill students who are undergraduate or graduate students. They also provide volunteering opportunities for McGill students. Over the course of the school year, MSPN holds Study Saturdays once a month at the Thomson House in which parents get to study while volunteers and staff look after their children. In-home babysitting is also another program offered to MSPN members. Volunteers go to the home of the student parent for 3hrs/week and offer them a reprieve by playing with the children. 

Find out more here

McGill Students' Nightline

McGill Students’ Nightline is a confidential, anonymous and non-judgmental listening service, run by McGill students. Nightline operators offer information, referrals, active listening, crisis management and overall support to callers depending on their needs. 

Learn more about the Nighline here

Peer Support Centre

The Peer Support Centre is a confidential service offering non-judgmental one-on-one peer support. The goal of the Peer Support Centre is to empower students to resolve whatever they may be going through by giving them the space to share their experiences and concerns. Peer Supporters go through comprehensive training on listening to and helping students with a range of issues, including but not limited to academic stress, relationships, sexuality, disordered eating, substance abuse, and campus resources. 

Click here to learn more. 

SACOMSS

SACOMSS welcomes volunteers to get involved in any of the organization's many services. Each year, interviews occur in mid-September, and trainings run from September to October. Time commitment varies with each branch. While training itself is quite a commitment, it is a fun and transformative learning experience filled with great people and thought-provoking conversations, and volunteers grow, both personally and politically, from the training and find the support and advocacy work to be very important and rewarding.

Click here to learn more about volunteering with SACOMSS. 

#ConsentMcGill Outreach Volunteers

Become a #ConsentMcGill Outreach Volunteer and help raise awareness on consent and sexual assault prevention, and make an impact on the well-being of your fellow students! #ConsentMcGill Volunteers perform the role of outreach and education and are not replacements for professionals providing support, counselling or advice. Our goal is to provide students with consent, sexual assault prevention, and healthy relationship education and referral to services.

#ConsentMcGill Outreach Volunteers work around campus to:

  • Promote and execute events for the #ConsentMcGill campaign
  • Promote the Bystander workshops, healthy relationships, and consent
  • Raise awareness about these topics through social media outreach

#ConsentMcGill Volunteer Qualifications:

  • Ability to have honest and inclusive conversations about consent, sexual assault prevention and healthy relationships.
  • Interest in how consent and sexual assault impacts the well-being of our university students.
  • Excellent communication, organizational skills, and reliability.
  • Interest in promoting culture change.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

Click here to visit Consent McGill's Facebook page. 

SSMU Walksafe

Walksafe is a volunteer SSMU service that provides free night-time accompaniment for those who are feel uncomfortable, or who are unable to walk home alone. Walksafe is available to anyone in Montreal, and volunteers will walk to and from any destination on the island.

Learn more about how to volunteer here

SSMU DriveSafe

SSMU DriveSafe patrols drive students safely home to and from anywhere on the Island of Montreal for free. DriveSafe recruits at the beginning of each fall semester (and sometimes winter semester depending on the need). If you are a responsible and outgoing driver or shotgun, you're encouraged to apply!

Find out more here

 

 

Leadership & Engagement

Campus Connect Ambassadors

Every spring, 30 undergraduate McGill students are hired to participate in Campus Connect events. Campus Connect events are hosted on campus for newly admitted students and their families; they include an information session, advising fair and campus tour. Ambassadors are on hand during the entire activity to help with set up, registration, mingle with guests and answer questions during the fair and lead tours. During the spring, ambassadors also:    

  • Make phone calls to newly admitted students to promote upcoming events, offer congratulations and answer questions about the student experience.
  • Contribute to building content and answering questions on the Entering Class facebook page.  
  • Participate as panelists when we host Rendezvous Webinars (these are online information sessions for newly admitted students)  
  • Occasionally give individual tours when a newly admitted student is not able to participate in a regular campus tour.
Learn more about Campus Connect here

Student Life Ambassador Program

As a Student Life Ambassador volunteer, your key role is to help personalize the transition of new incoming undergraduate students to the McGill community by providing them with a welcoming introduction to university. With the First-Year Office staff as support, you will be providing information and assistance to the student(s) you are matched with to help them better navigate the McGill system as well as to adjust to independent living in Montreal. 

Learn more here

Summer Send-Off (Development & Alumni Relations)

The McGill Summer Send-Off is a social event for new students coming to McGill, held in many cities around the world. Most send-offs take place between the last two weeks of July and first two weeks of August so if you like parties, like meeting new students and answering their questions, then let us know you'd like to be involved.

Discover McGill & Engage McGill

Discover McGill: This is a great opportunity for students to volunteer and help welcome the University’s new students at one of the largest orientation events organized by McGill.  Student volunteers will assist on a variety of tasks, including group formation, orientation package and lunch distribution, University Fair setup, and the overall welcoming process.  Volunteers will need to be flexible and ready to adapt to a variety of tasks that might arise.

Engage McGill: Engage McGill is the end-of- day event on Discover McGill day and is another excellent opportunity to develop your logistical and organizational skills and contribute to creating a successful orientation event. Volunteers assist in overseeing the delivery and distribution of food, set up and installation of various activities, and various other tasks. It’s a wonderful way to ensure that new students get the welcome they deserve.

Learn more about the events here

CSI McGill (Cegep Students Information & Orientation)

This is an opportunity for students to help with the welcome and logistical work for this information day intended for newly accepted students from Cegep. CSI McGill takes place in early June. In addition to the full-day event, volunteers are also required to attend a 2 hour training/preparation meeting.

Click here to learn more. 

Orientation/Frosh Leader & O-Staff

Orientation Leaders are returning McGill students who help guide and acquaint new students to the McGill and Montreal communities before, during, and between organized University-wide (Discover McGill) and Faculty/interest-specific (Frosh) events throughout Orientation Week. The Orientation Leader is a key contributor to setting the tone for the week and the culture of the University and city, and helps ensure that all participants’ time is fun, safe, inclusive, and welcoming.

O-Staff are returning McGill students who help to create welcoming and well-organized environments, spaces, and operations for events and participants during Orientation Week. O-Staff are essential to the success and smooth functioning of all events.

Off-Campus Connects Facilitators and Volunteers

Off-Campus Connects is an orientation day hosted by Campus Life & Engagement at the beginning of each academic year (end of August). It is similar to RezFest but geared towards incoming students not living in McGill residences. Apply to be a Facilitator (leading a group of approximately 25 first-years with a co-facilitator) or Logistical Volunteer (e.g., set-up/take down, registration, signage, crowd control, preparing/handing out food).

ACCE (Ambassadors for Campus and Community Engagement) Team

The ACCE Team Program is instrumental in promoting involvement and building community at McGill. This team of students encourage fellow students to get involved in the campus and/or Montreal community, as we know from research and experience that this helps develop students' leadership and life skills as well as enriches their academic career.  If you want to:

  • improve your facilitation, leadership, peer-coaching and communication skills,
  • challenge yourself to lead workshops, develop your communications and public speaking skills,
  • make a meaningful contribution to the McGill community, then you should apply!

Click here for more info. 

Frugal Scholar Program

Are you comfortable speaking in front of a large group?  Have you ever created a budget, worked part-time and saved money?  Do you have experience applying for government aid?  Do you want to help other students successfully manage their finances?

Consider getting involved with the Frugal Scholar Program – SSAO's financial wellness initiative designed to help students budget effectively and graduate with manageable debt.  Student representatives act as liaisons to their financially conscious peers by giving presentations and facilitating workshops. 

evelina.balut [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail Evelina Balut), Scholarships and Student Aid Office (SSAO), to setup a meeting and make sure the role of Frugal Scholar Ambassador is a good fit for you. You can also learn more about the program here

Student Academic Staff (Floor Fellows/MORE Fellows/Dons)

Upper-year, full-time students live in student residences alongside a largely first-year population, and are responsible for community-building and peer counselling, through organized initiatives, but also largely through role-modelling. 

Find out how to get involved here

Office of Religious & Spiritual Life (MORSL)

Volunteer opportunities at McGill Office of Religious and Spiritual Life include working directly with seniors through Yellow Door, with children through MSPN, and indirectly through contact with Chaplains and their communities.