On-Campus, Summer & Part-Time Jobs
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.
- 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 "More Options" button -> 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.
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: Jan 31.
Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWP): Provides full-time students work experience related to their field of study. The FSWP helps match students with federal departments and agencies. Check out also: Feature Jobs and Departmental Programs
Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS): Student positions as a co-op student or a trainee.
Canadian Pacific - Summer Student Program: Runs from May to August.
Canada Revenue Agency - Student and Graduate Hiring: Opportunities in areas such as audits, HR, IT, and others.
Export Development Canada (EDC) - Student Programs: Recruit students in commerce, international business, finance, accounting and other disciplines (Deadline: January).
International Development Research Centre (IDRC): Student opportunities in research as well as in other areas such as administration, finance, human resources, IT, communication, public health, agriculture (Deadline: mid-February).
National Capital Commission (NCC): From January to April, NCC posts a variety of summer and student part-time jobs - Historical researcher, interpreter guide, environmental assistant and more.
NRC Student Employment Program: The National Research Council (NRC) provides students with practical career-related experience in research and development, library sciences, communications, marketing and other areas. Deadline: Feb 28.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Resarch Council of Canada (NSERC): For full-time students. The student employment program renews each year at the beginning of January.
Parliament of Canada: Summer and student employment opportunities to work in Parliament Hill. Students can work as a Parliamentary tour guide (Deadline: mid-January), a page at the House of Commons (Deadline: mid-January), an intern in the office of a Member of the Canadian Parliament.
Young Canada Works (YCW): View and apply for a YCW job - Heritage interpreter, tour guide, child development worker, programs coordinator and more.More Summer Programs
Language Assistants / Teaching English
Canadian International Student Services (CISS): Teaching English in summer camps.
camps.ca: Find an ESL camp or private school for teaching opportunities.
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: mid-January), Germany (Deadline: mid-February) and Mexico (Deadline: mid-January). 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 Apri). Deadline: March 01.
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.
Articles of Interest
Read more on how to get a summer job:
- Tips for students and new graduates seeking summer jobs (The Canada Press)
- 7 good websites to help find a summer job (Toronto Star)
- 10 Websites with Summer Jobs for Students (Maclean's On Campus)
- Top 10 Summer Jobs (monster)
Work for Provincial/Municipal Governments
Municipal and provincial governments often offer student jobs in summer. Consult the career section on their websites for job opportunities.
Provincial/Municipal Summer Opportunities
Links to summer jobs from Ville de Montréal, Charlevoix, City of Ottawa, Toronto, Ontario, etc.
Summer, Part-Time and Student Job Banks
Summer job search websites
Part-time and seasonal job search websites
More job search websites
Student Jobs - Links to student job search websites.
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 summer camp:
- Montreal - MontrealFamilies.ca
- Quebec - Association des camps du Québec
- Ontario - Ontario Camps Association
- British Columbia - BC Camping Association
- USA - American Camp Association
- Canada & USA - Camps & Program Search (Our Kids)
Seasonal Work, Working Vacations & Cultural Exchange
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.
- Recommended Books (Available at CaPS)