Internship Opportunities

The Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies is committed to ensuring that our students are provided with every opportunity to make the most of their undergraduate study in the diverse fields of gender, sexuality, feminism. Internships are an ideal way for students to translate their classroom experience into real-world situations and gain valuable experience working with others committed to social justice activism, outreach, and research in these areas. Please see the Internships page for more information on eligibility, approval, and evaluation, as well as Internship Awards.

Students are encouraged to undertake internships with organizations locally, nationally, or internationally. Relevant locations may be found through the AIO (Arts Internship Office) or your own research. Below, we have provided some information for organizations where WMST/SDST students have pursued internships in the past.

CKUT is a non-profit, campus-community radio station.
CKUT provides alternative music, news and spoken word programming to the city of Montreal and surrounding areas, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Hear us at 90.3 MHz on the FM dial, 91.7 by cable, or listen on-line. CKUT is made up of over 200 volunteers working with a staff of coordinators, not just to make creative and insightful radio programming, but also to manage the station. The station operates on a collective management system that includes volunteers in decision-making.

Community News Internship

The position of Community News Intern is a unique opportunity to gain valuable skills in radio production within a non hierarchical work environment. The intern will be exposed to new skills by facilitating a collective production environment. These skills include writing for radio, conducting independent news research, learning and offering training in radio production techniques, and using the Internet for archiving and distribution purposes. The intern will work under the direction and supervision of CKUT’s Community News and Production Coordinator. The first two weeks will be spent training the intern to work at CKUT, including an orientation about CKUT and an overview of the job tasks that they will be working on during their term of employment. Interns will take all necessary station trainings and become a fully integrated member of the News Collective team. The work environment is one that promotes mentoring; the intern will be expected to pass on many of the skills that they have learned to new volunteers coming into the station. This is a position that allows the intern to demonstrate knowledge acquired during their internship by teaching others. The coordinator will be available at all times to answer questions and provide guidance.

Work tasks: Compiling community news stories; facilitating news collective meetings; delegating tasks for news production; engineering in pre-production and on-air; editing pre-recorded material; uploading interviews for Internet distribution and archiving; preparing daily runsheets; assisting in “Weekly Headlines” production and distribution.
Required Skills: Fundamental skills - research, writing, communication, problem solving. Personal management skills - a positive attitude, high sense of responsibility, ability to adapt to changes in the work environment, desire for continuous learning, safe work practices. Teamwork skills - must demonstrate an ability to work with others and participate in projects and tasks.
Contact: Interested candidated should send questions or a cover letter and resume to news [at] ckut.ca.

The House of Friendship is a non-profit community centre.
Maison de L'amitié offers French, English and Spanish language classes, a community residence for students, a farmer's market, community activities based on peace-building and artistic expression, as well as renting space to other organisations. The House of Friendship is a work of the Mennonite church in Montreal, and seeks to reflect the following principals:

• To be a community of reconciliation and mutual service, where those seeking and those giving help all find healing and wholeness;
• To be peacemakers, working non-violently for justice in our community.

Available Positions

English Teacher
French Teacher
Spanish Teacher
Administrative Support
Curriculum Development
Greening Initiatives

Girls Action Foundation is a national charitable organization.
Girls Action Foundation is a leader in developing resources, connecting a network of organizations across Canada, and creating transformative programs that equip girls and young women to take action towards social justice. We lead and seed girls’ programs across Canada. We build girls’ and young women’s skills and confidence and inspire action to change the world. Through our innovative programs, research, and support to a network of over 300 partnering organizations and projects, Girls Action reaches over 60,000 girls and young women. We reach remote, marginalized and urban communities, including those in the North.

Past Internship Titles

Program Officer
Communications Officer
Research Officer
Administrative Officer

Studio 303 supports live art, prioritizing the development of emerging practices in contemporary dance and interdisciplinary performance.
Serving as both an incubator and a catalyst, 303 has a unique structure combining creation/production, professional development, and presenting activities including thematic political events. Edgy Redux, a feminist experimental art event commemorating International Women’s Day, continues the Edgy Women Festival’s 22 year mission to explore the complexity of contemporary feminisms, through fun, experimental, and community-building artistic events.

Past Internship Titles

Festival Blogger
Festival Videographer
Programming Coordinator
Colloque Coordinator
Assistant Production Manager
Assistant Technical Director
Assistant Communications Officer

Women in Cities International (WICI) was founded in 2002 as a not-for-profit network focusing on gender equality and the participation of women in urban development. It was incorporated in June 2003.
Based in Montréal, WICI always uses participatory approaches to create dialogue and change. It continues to disseminate information on gender equality, the role of women in cities and the application of a gender approach in community and municipal decision-making, and the public policy process. WICI and its network acts as a consultant to local and national governments and international organizations in promoting gendered policies and programmes, furthering the greater participation of women, and increasing the effectiveness of action undertaken by women’s organizations at the community level.

Current Projects

WICI regularly works with interns. Often interns will participate in the analysis and synthesis of research in relation to our international projects, as well as writing reports. We have also hosted interns who wanted to gain experience in grant proposal writing or in communications. In addition, we also run local projects. Interns who are affiliated with local projects can be involved in a wide variety of tasks accoring to skills and interest as well as our needs. These can include research design and data collection, but also workshop and activity planning and facilitation, logistics and support for concertation between local organisations, and communicating Learning and best practices to our international partners.
Currently we have a local project, "Where are the women and girls?," looking at women's safety in Parc-Extension. A part-time intern could help with documentation and preparing for how the activities undertaken in this project can continue past the end of the funding in March of this year.
For this project, potential interns could send a CV and letter of interest to lori [at] femmesetvilles.org (Lori Palano).

YWCA Montreal’s mission is “working together to build a better future for women and girls” through a variety of programs adapted to women’s needs in such areas as housing, literacy, employability, and leadership.
Youth services promote girls’ and women’s leadership potential through prevention programming, special projects, and training. A combined gender based, intersectional, and strength-based approach provides the theoretical base for our work, which is grounded in action research and reflective practice.
Students would be trained to facilitate ongoing girls’ programming (for ages 8 to 35), which includes civic engagement, violence prevention, and personal development workshops in schools and community centres. YWCA Montreal now also offers programming for boys aged 12 to 18. The student is supported through co-facilitation and facilitator meetings, as well as meetings with the coordinator.

The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), which was founded in 1987, is a cutting edge organization dedicated to women’s equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. In all spheres, FMF utilizes research and action to empower women economically, socially, and politically. Our organization believes that feminists – both women and men, girls and boys – are the majority, but this majority must be empowered.

Led by FMF President Eleanor Smeal, our research and action programs focus on advancing the legal, social and political equality of women with men, countering the backlash to women’s advancement, and recruiting and training young feminists to encourage future leadership for the feminist movement in the United States.

Available Internships

The Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) is a national not-for-profit organization whose overarching mission is to ensure the equality, equity and empowerment of Muslim women. Founded in 1982, the organization has drawn upon faith and social justice for the betterment of Canadian society. For over 30 years CCMW has proudly advocated on behalf of Muslim women and their families and developed projects that enrich the identity of Canadian Muslims, encourage civic engagement, empower communities, speak to issues of unemployment especially in STEM fields and lastly promote inter-cultural and inter-religious understanding. Past initiatives include the coalition for No Religious Arbitration, the Muslim Marriage Contract Kit, My Canada, the Common Ground Project, Issues and Needs of Canadian Muslim Women and Violence Against Women: Health and Justice for Canadian Muslim Women. 

Available Internship Positions

Evaluation Assistant

As an Evaluation Assistant, you will have the opportunity to meet new people in an upbeat and energized environment. The skills you gain in this position are transferable to any job you take in the future. CCMW will be happy to provide you with references.
Main Duties:
• Collaborate with Project Coordinator to develop outcome measures
• Design an evaluation plan
• Collect and analyze data
• Disseminate findings through reports and presentations
• Opportunity to be engages in research and operational tasks
Skills:
• Excellent analytical skills and the ability to work through problems in a methodical manner
• Strong administration and communication skills
• Strong data analysis skills including experience with Excel
• Ability to work independently and as a team player
• Previous experience in research (design, literature review and measurement selection, ethical research practice, etc.)
• Quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills
• Punctuality and consistent attendance are a must
• Professionalism
Length of Position:
• January to April
• May to August
• September to December
• Full academic year
Remuneration:
As CCMW is depended on project funding, we are unable to offer paid student placement. However, we do provide students with reference letters based on performance and opportunities to network and meet other leaders in the not-for-profit sector.
Hiring Process:
Please submit your cover letter and resume to Sahar Zaidi, Projects Coordinator (contact information below). After submitting your application, if you have been selected for a phone interview, you can expect to hear from us within approximately one week.
To apply, kindly send your resume and cover letter via email to:
Sahar Zaidi
Projects Coordinator
Email: projects [at] ccmw.com

Marketing Assistant

As a Marketing Assistant, you will have the opportunity to meet new people in an upbeat and energized environment. The skills you gain in this position are transferable to any job you take in the future. CCMW will be happy to provide you with references.
Main Duties:
• Liaise and build relationships with other organizations that the CCMW can partner with or create knowledge translation
• Contribute the strategic planning of an annual marketing plan to drive forward agreed CCMW’s objectives
• Develop and execute event and program marketing plans
• Contribute to the strategic planning and annual fundraising plan
• Build and maintain contacts with the media
• Write and distribute press releases
• Prepare photo shoots for CCMW and events the organizations attends or hosts
• Manage the production of marketing materials, including leaflets, posters, business cards and flyers
• Arrange for the effective distribution of marketing materials
• Organize and attend events and exhibitions
• Evaluate marketing campaigns and programs
• Carry out market research and customer surveys to assess demand, brand positioning and awareness
Skills:
• Significant marketing experience that includes a blend of advocacy, creating partnerships and media relations
• Ability to use platforms such as Mailchimp, Weebly, Wordpress, Buffer, Canva, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus
• Have graphic design capabilities
• Ability to work independently and as a team player
• Possess tact, discipline and attention to detail
• Skills to have: good record keeping, ability to utilize contacts and networking
• Ability to prioritize and manage multiple partners
• Ability to inspire and motivate others
• Punctuality and consistent attendance are a must
• Professionalism
Length of Position:
• January to April
• May to August
• September to December
• Full academic year
Remuneration:
As CCMW is depended on project funding, we are unable to offer paid student placement. However, we do provide students with reference letters based on performance and opportunities to network and meet other leaders in the not-for-profit sector.
Hiring Process:
Please submit your cover letter and resume to Sahar Zaidi, Projects Coordinator (contact information below). After submitting your application, if you have been selected for a phone interview, you can expect to hear from us within approximately one week.
To apply, kindly send your resume and cover letter via email to:
Sahar Zaidi
Projects Coordinator
Email: projects [at] ccmw.com

Communications Assistant

As a Communications Assistant, you will have the opportunity to meet new people in an upbeat and energized environment. The skills you gain in this position are transferable to any job you take in the future. CCMW will be happy to provide you with references.
Main Duties:
• Plan and execute the organization’s communication plan
• Analyze social media statistics and develop report
• Create and implement CCMW’s monthly e-newsletters
• Develop organization’s media kit
• Identify significant media and public policy issues that can be leverages to support the Chapter’s work, and create and implement plans to exploit them
Skills:
• Significant communications experience that includes a blend of advocacy and media relations
• Ability to use platforms such as Mailchimp, Buffer, Canva, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus
• Strong communication skills
• Ability to work independently and as a team player
• Possess tact, discipline and attention to detail
• Graphic design experience is an asset
• Punctuality and consistent attendance are a must
• Professionalism
Length of Position:
• January to April
• May to August
• September to December
• Full academic year
Remuneration:
As CCMW is depended on project funding, we are unable to offer paid student placement. However, we do provide students with reference letters based on performance and opportunities to network and meet other leaders in the not-for-profit sector.
Hiring Process:
Please submit your cover letter and resume to Sahar Zaidi, Projects Coordinator (contact information below). After submitting your application, if you have been selected for a phone interview, you can expect to hear from us within approximately one week.
To apply, kindly send your resume and cover letter via email to:
Sahar Zaidi
Projects Coordinator
Email: projects [at] ccmw.com

Fundraising Assistant

As a Fundraising Assistant, you will have the opportunity to meet new people in an upbeat and energized environment. The skills you gain in this position are transferable to any job you take in the future. CCMW will be happy to provide you with references.
Main Duties:
• Assist in the production of sponsorship and publicity documents
• Manage and update databases
• Record donor contacts and preference information
• Write campaigns
• Develop fundraising strategy plan
• Develop and coordinate web-based fundraising, online sales
• Contact businesses regarding corporate support
• Source potential funders for support whose criteria matches CCMW’s vision and mission
• Assist in bid writing process
• Liaise with Fundraising Committee
Skills:
• Studying fundraising and not-for-profit management
• Previous fundraising experience
• Strong communication skills
• Ability to work alone and as a member of team
• Punctuality and consistent attendance are a must
• Professionalism
Length of Position:
• January to April
• May to August
• September to December
• Full academic year
Remuneration:
As CCMW is depended on project funding, we are unable to offer paid student placement. However, we do provide students with reference letters based on performance and opportunities to network and meet other leaders in the not-for-profit sector.
Hiring Process:
Please submit your cover letter and resume to Sahar Zaidi, Projects Coordinator (contact information below). After submitting your application, if you have been selected for a phone interview, you can expect to hear from us within approximately one week.
To apply, kindly send your resume and cover letter via email to:
Sahar Zaidi
Projects Coordinator
Email: projects [at] ccmw.com

YAHAnet (http://www.yahanet.org) is an online collaboration and resource platform for young people and youth organizations interested in artistic approaches to sexual and reproductive health and rights education and advocacy. YAHAnet is a global project of the Participatory Cultures Lab at McGill in partnership with the University of Toronto, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. The YAHAnet team based in Montreal creates how-to guides on using specific art forms for HIV education, develops online arts-based competitions to fight stigma and gender-based violence, and runs social media campaigns on youth leadership around sexual health. 

Please contact YAHAnet Coordinator John Murray if you are interested in an internship. All positions are non-remunerated but can be completed for academic credit under the supervision of Dr. Claudia Mitchell, McGill Faculty of Education

Past Internship Positions

Communications & Outreach Officer
Resource Development Intern
Research Intern
Graphic Design Intern

Please Note
It is not expected that interns will receive payment although sponsoring organizations are free to pay interns if they wish. Internships can be arranged for any term, stretched over two terms, or done during the summer. Because of the heavy workload involved, many students choose to reduce their course load when completing an internship, or to carry it out in the summer. It is the responsibility of the student to adhere to the Faculty of Arts internship requirements while coordinating with the host organization and on-site internship supervisor.