Working Humans of McGill


The purpose of this online initiative is to share inspiring stories/experiences of working McGill students through candid portraits and accompanying mini-narratives about on-campus work, part-time or casual jobs, internships and/or full-time positions. These stories are meant to highlight the successes, challenges, discoveries and insights of those working while studying at McGill (concept based on Brandon Stanton’s Humans of NY photo-blog).

COVID-19 has derailed work plans for many McGill students. Some are struggling to find an internship for the summer, while others are adjusting to the new realities of remote work. We want to take this opportunity to acknowledge and honour the educational, professional, economical and social challenges that students may be facing with the hope that their stories will inform, inspire and empower the McGill community during these uncertain times.

Will you share your story with us? (you can do so without revealing your name!

@ Working Humans of McGill

Have you been working remotely? Did you recently complete a job or internship? Has your research been put on hold? Are you a recent graduate who is navigating an uncertain job market? The world of work is changing, and so are we. Whether you are working, reorienting, adapting to student life, career planning, or looking for work, we want to hear from you!

To share your story: please submit a meaningful caption/story (100-150 words max.)

Feel free to be inspired by the following reflection questions!

  • What has been your experience searching for jobs/internships during this time?

  • Have you recently completed a job or internship? What was your experience like?

  • What have you learned to do this year that you never thought you’d do?

  • If you were to go back in time, what would you do differently, and how would these changes help enhance your future?

  • What kind of activities and involvements (academic, volunteer, extracurriculars, internships, hobbies, etc.) are you planning this year?

  • What are you looking forward to the most this semester?

  • What are you grateful for, even amidst the stress and chaos?

  • How will you keep yourself motivated this semester?

  • If you have experience working remotely, what has been your biggest accomplishment/challenge and what have you learned about yourself through the process?

  • What advice would you give to a student who is working or studying remotely for the first time?

If you would like to also share your name and photo, we ask that all submitted photos are filter-free and completely unretouched.


If you have any questions about your participation in this initiative, please email Linda Cicuta at linda.cicuta [at]

Thank you for your participation and enthusiasm! Follow us on Instagram @WorkingHumansOfMcGill

Become a Digital Ambassador

Working Humans of McGill (WHOM) is an online initiative formed to recognize and empower students who are balancing the demands of school and work, as well as inspire those who are looking to work during their studies. The Digital Ambassador Program is a volunteer opportunity through which students will have the chance to increase the visibility of, and participation in the WHOM initiative. Throughout your time in the program, you will be provided with the opportunity to develop skills in the area of digital communication & marketing, including social media management, recruitment, interviewing, and writing! This program also allows students to build on their creativity, communication, and interpersonal skills.

If you’re interested, check out the application by clicking the link below. If you have any questions, please email Linda Cicuta at linda.cicuta [at]

Meet our Digital Ambassadors

WHOM Digital Ambassador Ying ZhouYing Zhou

Hi! I'm Ying and I'm a first-year undergrad student majoring in Computer Science. I've been following WHOM on social media and have been inspired by the great stories for a while now, so I'm super excited to join this wonderful initiative! In my spare time, I love traveling and watching shows. I can't wait to create digital contents and to see different working stories from more McGill students ☺️

Farhan Chowdhury

Bonjour! My name is Farhan, a U2 student in the Desautels Faculty of Management studying Accounting. I have been following WHOM for the past 1 year and now I feel like it’s the perfect time for me to join the team as a Digital Ambassador. I am excited to get started and collaborate with my fellow DA’s to create digital content and share stories of McGill students. I have shared my story with WHOM last year, you will find it somewhere at the bottom of our Instagram page. I invite you all to share your unique and inspiring stories with us and get featured on our Instagram and Facebook page. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions/concerns. Thank you all! Stay safe and take care ☺️

Henry Yang

Greetings, I’m Henry. I’m a graduate student of Information Studies. Entering the workplace myself, I find WHOM a unique place with inspiring posts & fascinating stories about McGill students’ working life. I’m eager to join the team of Digital Ambassadors and make my own contribution. Personally I enjoy a number of things but music the most.

Shaden Salimi

My name is Shaden Salimi, and I have recently finished my U1 undergraduate studies as a bio major in McGill. I have always worked part-time during my full-time studies and through WHOM's social media platform, I have read many inspiring stories of McGill students working and studying at the same time which really encouraged me to become one of WHOM's digital ambassadors.

WHOM Digital Ambassador Mengdi ZhuMengdi Zhu

Hello! My name is Mengdi. I am a U1 student in the Faculty of Education. I am so excited to be a part of WHOM team, to spread positive stories, and to share useful tips and resources for the McGill community. As a digital ambassador, I would love to meet all the “working humans” around us and get inspired by their experiences. It would be a great motivation for me to pursue my career. Can’t wait to join the team and meet you all in person this fall!

Kizzi Aristide

Hi! I'm Kizzi and I am a U3 PoliSci major. Most of the people in my environment and I have always worked full-time to support our studies, so I was glad to hear about such an opportunity. As a digital ambassador, I am looking forward to working with everyone through WHOM, while sharing stories that could help other students like us.

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