Find an internship
When starting an independent internship search, remember that persistence and patience are key. Many (or most) organizations may not have the time or capacity to reply to you, despite the quality of your message and profile. Don't worry, don't take it personally, keep trying, all it takes is one reply! Previous McGill interns have been able to approach target organizations by researching their field thoroughly, listing all the organizations they were interested in, and sending each a targeted email including their clear motivations to intern at the organization as well as their CV. You can find out more about our previously successful interns on the award recipients page.
It is important to begin your search with realistic goals, to target organizations of different sizes, not limiting yourself to large leaders in your field, and to remember that the response rate may be low, but that it is doable!
Watch our information session below to learn more about how to prepare that first email to organizations of your interest and hear the first-hand experiences of past interns.
Steps to an effective internships
This checklist is meant as a general guideline for internships. We recommend that students begin the process early in the school year.
Click here for a list of AIO internship opportunities you can apply to directly
Click here for a list of ION internship opportunities open to all McGill Students through the McGill Internship Offices Network (ION)
Montreal host organizations
Here is a categorized list of organizations to contact in Montreal for potential internship opportunities
The McGill Internship Database, run by the Internship Offices Network, is a compilation of more than 700 host organizations with preexisting internship programs spanning over 85 areas of interest. Searchable by location, level of study and area of interest, it provides an excellent starting point for students searching for their ideal internship.
myFuture is the McGill University's portal for promoting job opportunities and career education. This includes job postings but also internship postings; both on and off campus, local national and international. Click here to log on MyFuture.
CaPS CV and Cover Letter Guides
The following comprehensive guides have been developed by CaPS to help you during the internship search process. You are encouraged to consult them as you write your CV or cover letter, prepare for an interview, job fairs. Click here for guides on CV, cover letters, interviews and more.
To book an appointment with CaPS to review your CV and cover letter, visit their website.