Find below all the opportunities for summer internships. Summer 2023 postings will be uploaded mid-January 2023. Come to our drop-in sessions to learn more about each opportunity.
AIO internship applications deadline: February 12, 2023, 11:59 pm
How to Apply for an Internship Opportunity
The internships listed are offered by host organizations around the world in partnership with the Arts Internship Office. The AIO builds relationships with certain host organizations to offer internship opportunities to Faculty of Arts students, and acts as a liaison between students and these organizations to facilitate in the selection of summer interns. Host organizations are ultimately responsible for selecting their interns. Students are responsible for preparing for the internship and successfully completing the internship duties assigned to them.
Find below all the opportunities for summer internships.
- You may apply for three internships maximum. Please note that your preference ranking matters. We will consider your applications accordingly.
If you are applying for more than one internship: Please submit a targeted joint CV and cover letter for each internship you are applying for (eg.JohnDoe_Internship) containing both CV/Cover Letter in one PDF document
- Application Timeline. We will get back to you shortly after the deadline if you are selected for an interview. Normally, you will be notified by the end of February. The Arts Internship Office will then transmit the selected applications to the host organization, which will ultimately be responsible for the selection of the candidate(s).
Students who do not receive offers will be notified on a rolling basis as decisions are made.
- Formal Acceptance of an Internship. Once the host organization have made a final decision, the Arts Internship Office will send an offer to the student. The student will have 3 days to make a decision. We understand that 3 days is not a lot of time to make a decision, especially if you are waiting to hear about other offers. As much as we would like to be able to give everyone more time, we cannot allow individuals to hold an offer for an extended period of time, as this is not fair to the other students who are also waiting to hear about the same position. If this situation arises for you, please let us know if there is any additional information we can provide that will make your decision easier, and we will do our best to help.
- Note on Offers: If you are a finalist for multiple internships, once you accept a position, you will be automatically withdrawn from consideration for other internships. Please reach us if you have any questions aio [at] mcgill.ca.
- Please note that certain positions have citizenship requirements and/or require security clearance. More details will be posted mid-January in the postings, please come to our office to learn more about these requirements.
What to Prepare
- Your personal and academic info
- Unofficial transcript uploaded as a PDF or JPG, named in the format "lastname.firstname_transcript".
- Targeted CV and cover letter for each internship you are applying for (eg.JohnDoe_InternshipX) containing both CV/Cover Letter in one PDF document.
- Availability for the internship.
- Read the Global Affairs Canada Travel Advisories for the countries where you hope to intern.
- Review the requirements for selected candidates as detailed in the Arts Interns Handbook.
Ghana Center for Democratic Development (Accra)
The Center is dedicated to the promotion of society and government based on the rule of law, appropriate checks on the power of the state, and integrity in public administration.
ELIMU (Kianyaga, Mt. Kenya region)
Elimu is a Kenyan NGO that undertakes the rigorous evaluation of development projects in order to identify the most effective ways to reduce poverty.
The Institutional Canopy of Conservation Project (I-CAN)
The I-CAN program is a partnership project involving a rich network of collaborators and partners from universities, research institutions across the world. The project looks into governance and the conservation of rangelands, wetlands and forests of the East African savannah, especially in the borderlands between Kenya and Tanzania.
Cathance River Education Alliance (Topsham, Maine)
CREA is an independent non-profit founded by developer John Wasileski and an environmental group, Topsham’s Future. CREA’s mission is to foster wise use of the 230-acre Cathance River Nature Preserve; to deepen ecological awareness through nature-based learning among students, educators, and the public; and to promote environmental stewardship.
Délégation Générale du Québec in New York (New York City, NY)
Inaugurated in 1940, the Délégation Générale du Québec in New York is Québec’s primary office in the U.S. Serving the Mid-Atlantic, it promotes the interests of Québec in trade, investment, science and technology, environment and energy, education and culture.
Lake Stewards of Maine (Maine, USA)
LSM promotes lake stewardship through widespread citizen participation in the gathering and dissemination of credible scientific information pertaining to lake health. LSM trains, certifies, and provides technical support to hundreds of volunteers who monitor a wide range of indicators of water quality, assess watershed health and function, and screen lakes for invasive aquatic plants (IAS) and animals.
Synergos (New York City, New York)
Synergos is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of sustainable systems changes that impact global poverty. Working with partners, Synergos helps leaders, institutions and partnerships work more effectively to reduce poverty and increase equity around the world.
Al Rashid Mosque AND Muslim History (Edmonton)
Fort Edmonton Park is a living history museum nestled in Edmonton’s River Valley. The Park is home to over 80 historic and reconstruction buildings, including Canada’s first purpose-built Mosque, the Al Rashid. Guests are welcomed to explore five distinct time periods in Edmonton’s history, with a special focus on Edmonton’s Indigenous histories at our brand-new Indigenous Peoples Experience. The Al Rashid Mosque not only represents the history of Edmonton’s Islamic roots, but is also a testament to the long history of Lebanese and other Arab and Middle Eastern communities. In the face of islamophobia and persecution, this is a critical time to elevate the stories of these passionate and resilient Muslims in Canada, and the contribution they have made to our City’s story.
Native Friendship Centre of Montreal (Montreal)
The NFCM is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian, autonomous agency whose main mission is to promote, develop and enhance the quality of life of Indigenous people in Greater Montreal. The NFCM is the only centralized service and referral point in the Greater Montreal Area (GMA) dedicated to serving the Indigenous population consisting of the ten First Nations of Quebec, as well as the Inuit and Métis of Montreal. For over 40 years the NFCM has been the primary central service and referral point, providing assistance and support to the urban Indigenous population of Montreal and their families, those migrating to or in transition to the city by safeguarding their health, social, and legal conditions and by assisting these individuals in the achievement of their dignity and their quality of life. The NFCM is mandated to assist Indigenous people who are making a transition to the urban community by providing access to direct integrated services and referral through central, suitable, and appropriate facilities where cultural, educational, recreational, and social activities can be held. The Centre also seeks to promote crosscultural awareness in the Greater Montreal Area through engagement and participation with other sectors.
Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) is an international non-profit organization tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. CAMFED Canada is a registered Canadian charity working closely with offices in Africa to raise awareness for and help manage donations from Canadian foundations and individuals.
Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums (Montreal)
Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums (CFFM) is a national organization that represents the thousands of volunteers who generously commit their time and their expertise to support museums and heritage sites across Canada. CFFM is dedicated to the promotion and support of the volunteer component in their museums. They also work at educating the public about the value of museums and of preserving Canadian heritage.
Delegation of the European Union to Canada (Ottawa)
The European Union Delegation to Canada is a fully-fledged diplomatic mission and it works closely with the diplomatic missions of the EU Member States. It maintains close contact and reports back to Headquarters in Brussels about developments in Canada and EU-Canada relations. The Delegation's role is to increase the awareness in Canada about the political, economic and cultural importance of EU-Canada relations.
DESTA Black Youth Network (Montreal)
Based in Little Burgundy and serving participants across Greater Montreal, DESTA is a non-profit organization that empowers Black youth between the ages of 18 to 35 to reach their educational, employability, and entrepreneurial goals through a holistic and individualized approach.
Éduconnexion is an independent organization providing education about human rights, eco-citizenship and global inequality. It offers unique and engaging educational tools and interactive workshops to schools, NGOs and community groups.
EQUITAS: Canadian Program (Montreal)
Equitas – the International Centre for Human Rights Education - has been developing innovative human rights education tools and programs for over 50 years. The Canadian Program supports building more equitable and inclusive communities through HRE (Human Rights Education). This is achieved through nationwide programming that addresses racism and discrimination, aims to increase the leadership, empowerment and social participation of children and youth (particularly those who face barriers), and engages decision makers and duty bearers in these activities.
EQUITAS: International Human Rights Training Program (Montreal)
Equitas - International Centre for Human Rights Education is Canada’s oldest and most active human rights education organization. Equitas has been holding the very renowned International Human Rights training program (IHRTP) for the last 40 years, gathering about 100 human rights activists from around the world in Montreal. Equitas is also planning to host the second edition of Global Rights Connexion, a new program on human rights education that will be gathering online a cohort of 48 human rights defenders from around the world.
Festival Acces Asie (Montreal)
Festival Accès Asie is a Montréal-based arts festival that promotes Asian arts, cultures and histories through a diversity of artistic disciplines including the visual arts, dance, theatre, video, film, music, comedy, poetry, literature, performance, new media and culinary arts. Reflective of Montreal's cultural climate, Festival Access Asie features artists with origins spanning over twenty countries: East Asia (Japan, China, Korea); Southeast Asia (Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore); South Asia (Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka); Central & Middle Eastern Asia (Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Afghanistan and Armenia).
Institute for Human Development and Well-Being (Montreal)
The Institute for Human Development and Well‐Being (IHDW) is a transdisciplinary unit led by McGill's Faculty of Education. The IHDW draws together researchers from McGill's Departments of Family Medicine, Educational and Counselling Psychology, Integrated Studies in Education, Anthropology, Kinesiology and Physical Education, Psychiatry, the School of Urban Planning, the School of Social Work, and the Faculty of Dentistry.
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) (Ottawa)
IISD is an independent think tank working to accelerate solutions for a stable climate, sustainable resource management, and fair economies. They shine a light on what can be achieved when governments, businesses, non-profits, and communities come together.
Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens
Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens is a national historic site located at the gateway to the Gaspé Peninsula. In addition to managing historic gardens and the 1887 Estevan Lodge, the Gardens create and produce virtual and travelling exhibitions. The organization is offering three internships: Shingle Style Architecture on the Shores of the Lower St. Lawrence; Elsie Project – Pioneer of Women’s Health; You Can Make History.
Kabir Center for Arts & Culture (Montreal)
Kabir Centre is a professional multi-disciplinary arts organization based in Montreal, contributing to the vibrant pluralistic arts scene of Montreal, Quebec and Canada through its dedication to South Asian Classical arts, especially to its diverse music and dance forms. The organization is offering two internships: the Book Club and the The South Asian Film Festival of Montreal (SAFFMontreal).
More Than Words (Montreal)
More Than Words is a 4-year project (2019-2023) that seeks to investigate and learn from the use of Indigenous-focused youth-led survivor engagement through the arts, looking at impacts on the producers themselves (young people) and on their families and communities in relation to their experiences of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).
MUHC Foundation (Montreal)
For more than 150 years, the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) founding hospitals have been providing the best possible care to the community. Affiliated with McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, the MUHC is an academic health center that provides some of the most advanced care in the province, which includes complex diagnoses, treatments, and surgeries.
Participatory Cultures Lab (Montreal)
The Participatory Cultures Lab (PCL) was established in 2010 by Dr. Claudia Mitchell in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. The PCL is organized around the study and use of visual and participatory approaches to research and social action, and involves the work of collaborators and research students engaged in the study of participatory research.
Regent Park Film Festival (Toronto)
Created in 2003, Regent Park Film Festival (RPFF) is Toronto’s longest running free film festival and is the sole community film festival in Canada’s largest and oldest public housing neighbourhood. RPFF is dedicated to showcasing local and international independent works relevant to the key communities we serve: Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities, people who are low-income, people who live in public housing, and Regent Park residents.
Suoni Per II Popolo Festival (Montreal)
Montreal’s music festival Suoni Per Il Popolo is dedicated to presenting exploratory forms of music and sound featuring an eclectic mixture of genres performed by local and international artists.
Teesri Duniya Theatre (Montreal)
Teesri Duniya Theatre is dedicated to producing socially and politically relevant theatre, exploring the relationships between cultures, and creating theatrical styles based on the cultural experiences of culturally diverse communities living in Canada.
The Climate Reality Project (Montreal)
The Climate Reality Project works to provide Canadians with the science of and solutions to climate change.
The Black Watch Museum and Archives (Montreal)
The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada is Canada’s oldest Highland regiment, formed in 1862 by Montreal’s Scottish community. The Regiment has accumulated what is considered the best Regimental archives in Canada, used by many researchers. The archives are operated by a small, part-time team, and located in the Black Watch Armoury, Bleury Street at President Kennedy.
The 78th Fraser Highlanders (Montreal)
The 78th Fraser Highlanders is a not for profit historical association which conducts research on the Highland soldiers of the Seven Years’ War in North America, many of whom stayed or came back to Canada and the USA in the late 18th century. These soldiers formed the foundation of the Scottish community in Canada. The association has extensive archives, no paid staff but access to professional archivists and historians.
UNHCR: Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (Montreal)
Le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) est une agence de l’ONU qui a le mandat international de surveiller la mise en œuvre de la Convention de 1951 relative au statut des réfugiés. Le bureau du HCR à Montréal surveille la bonne mise en application des conventions internationales signées par le Canada en lien avec les réfugiés et les apatrides.
U.S. Consulate General Montreal - Commercial Section (Montreal)
The Commercial Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Montreal provides assistance to U.S. companies seeking partners or distributors in Quebec, as well as promoting investment in the United States by Quebec companies.
An independent publisher of prize-winning poetry, fiction, non-fiction, essays, vintage noir, and translation. http://www.vehiculepress.com
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Ecuador
The UNHCR is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. Ecuador is the country that hosts the largest number of recognized refugees in Latin America.
United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) (Panama City)
UNWFP, the United Nations World Food Programme, uses food aid to support economic and social development; meet emergency food needs and promote world food security in accordance with the recommendations of the United Nations and FAO.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Guatemala (Guatemala City)
The UNHCR Country Office in Guatemala is located in Guatemala City and works jointly with the Government and civil society organizations to provide protection and assistance to asylum seekers, refugees, persons in transit with international protection needs and persons forcedly displaced.
Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in Geneva (Geneva)
The Mission of Canada is the primary channel for diplomatic representation and communications between the Canadian government, the United Nations and its associated bodies in Geneva, the World Trade Organization and many other entities based in the Geneva context.
Permanent Mission of Canada to the WTO in Geneva (Geneva)
The Permanent Mission of Canada to the WTO is the primary channel for diplomatic representation and communications between the Canadian government and the WTO. Established in 1995, the World Trade Organization is a forum for negotiations of trade rules, monitoring the obligations and resolving trade disputes between its 164 members.
Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (Paris)
The OECD Internship Programme is designed to bring students into the Organisation to work on projects linked to the Strategic Orientations of the Secretary-General and to support the corporate functions of the Organisation. Its main goal is to give students the opportunity to improve their analytical and technical skills in an international environment.
Permanent Mission of Canada to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
The mission is responsible for the management of Canada’s participation in and relationship with the OSCE and its institutions. The OSCE, the world’s largest regional security organization under Chapter VIII of the Charter of the United Nations, works on early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation in the European and Eurasian region.
Permanent Mission of Canada to the International Organizations in Vienna (VPERM)
The Permanent Mission of Canada to the International Organizations in Vienna is responsible for the management of Canada’s participation in and relationship with the multilateral organizations which have their headquarters in Vienna.
Betsy Elizabeth Trust (Help Kids India)
The Betsy Elizabeth Trust (BET) is a grassroots organization in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. BET provides schooling, nutrition and health care to 270 children, ages 2-5, living in extreme poverty. BET’s projects are fully staffed by qualified Indian nationals who manage the day-to-day operations of its five crèches and the sewing and health centers.