A variety of employment and experiential learning opportunities are available to McGill School of Information Studies students. This page provides a jumping-off point for students seeking employment, practica, internships, and volunteer experience.
Please note: full-time students are to inform themselves on the University's Guideline on Hours of Work.
Working @ SIS: RA/GA/TA/Course Lecturer
RA & GAship
A number of SIS faculty members employ students for Research Assistant (RA) positions. Positions are filled at the discretion of the professor. Masters and PhD students interested in RAship opportunities should review research projects of interest on the SIS faculty pages and contact faculty directly to express interest in working as an RA. Doctoral students should also mention interest to their supervisor. In addition, Graduate Assistant (GA) positions are occasionally recruited from the student body.
Typically, the School has a number of Teaching Assistant (TA) positions a year open to PhD students. These positions are communicated to SIS PhD students by email and posted in the myFuture database through McGill's Career Planning Services (CaPS).
The School is often interested in hiring Course Lecturers. Typically lecturers have at least a master's degree in Library and Information Studies and working experience. To apply, send a CV to the School Director.
Working @ McGill: Work Study, TAships, exam invigilation
McGill Work Study
Many SIS students have found work placements through the Work Study program run by the McGill Scholarship & Student Aid (SSAO) Office. The program offers eligible students with demonstrated financial need with the opportunity to apply for library, archival, clerical, research, technical, and other Work Study-related job postings on the McGill campus.
Please read eligibility criteria carefully: to be considered for the program, students must demonstrate that they have applied for and be receiving the maximum government aid for which they are eligible. All questions regarding the program or eligibility should be addressed directly to the Work Study program.
SIS students interested in Teaching Assistant (TA) positions in other McGill units, including the Faculty of Arts, should consult the myFuture database through McGill's Career Planning Services (CaPS). All university TAships are posted on myFuture.
During exam periods in December and April, graduate students are hired by McGill as exam invigilators.
McGill & off-campus job postings
SIS Job List
Students are advised to subscribe to the SIS-JOBS list. This moderated employment list primarily contains off-campus postings. Summer positions are often posted in late winter/early spring of each year.
Visit McGill's Career Planning Services (CaPS), either in person or online. A wide range of possibilities for work, either on or off-campus, are posted through their myFuture database.
- Visit the Careers section of the SIS website.
- View McGill CaPS guide to summer, on-campus, and part-time jobs, including research positions.
- Young Canada Works: Summer jobs and internships for eligible applicants under 30.
International student? For all advising and information related to working on or off campus during or after your studies, please consult the McGill International Student Services. Start with the Working in Canada page. You'll also find resources on the McGill Career Planning Services (CaPS) International Students page.
GLIS 699 (Practicum) is a popular elective course for Master of Information Studies students which provides a structured opportunity for experiential learning in a workplace. FAQ for students are found on the student guide page.
Internships & volunteer opportunities
McGill University and SIS encourage students to pursue experiential learning opportunities during their studies. We recommend that all employers offer compensation to student workers, including interns. However, we do acknowledge that some non-profit, community-serving organizations may provide valuable learning opportunities which are unpaid. (Adapted from McGill Career Planning Services statement on internships.) Below are tips for students seeking internships and volunteer work:
In addition to finding summer jobs and internships through the job posting links listed above or through contacting organizations directly, you can find information about internships on the McGill Career Planning Services website, and a database of potential internship opportunities maintained by the McGill Internship Offices Network. The Faculty of Arts Internship Office (which primarily serves Arts undergraduates) also puts out a handbook of Montreal internship and volunteer sites which incudes libraries, archives, and other cultural organizations. As well, announcements for LIS-related internships are posted from time to time on the School's listserv.
In the past, our students have found paid or stipended internship opportunities in organizations such as the IMF/World Bank Library, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and the Inter-American Development Bank.
You may also be interested in the following link:
- Mitacs: Research-related internships with companies, government and academia, including a special post-PhD program. More information is also available on the McGill Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies Mitacs page.
Have questions about practicums vs. internships? See the FAQ section in the Practicum student guide.
SIS students have found information-related volunteer positions in settings such as hospitals and health centres, museums, community archives, community libraries, and cultural centres. Don't hesitate to ask your fellow students and contact organizations directly to learn about opportunities. Below are a number of ideas to get you started. Please note that information is provided here for reference only and is subject to change; a listing here does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by the School or University.
- Multilingual Children's Library at McGill.
- Atwater Library & Computer Centre.
- Fraser-Hickson Library.
- Montreal Volunteer Bureau.
- INALJ Quebec - ideas for volunteer sites.
- Faculty of Arts handbook of Montreal sites offering internships and volunteer positions.
McGill Career & Planning Services
Students are strongly encouraged to connect with McGill Career & Planning Services (CaPS) early and often. Services tailored to graduate students, including 1-on-1 consultations with Graduate Career Advisors, and CV drop-in sessions, and more.