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Orientation & First Year

Student Life Ambassadors (Student Matching Program)

Open to:  All undergraduate and graduate students who have completed one year at McGill. International AND domestic students are welcome to apply.

Brought to you by: Campus Life & Engagement 

About: Join this important team of leaders and be a lifeline between McGill University and new students.  As their first "personal" link to the university, this is your unique opportunity to help relieve the anxiety and confusion of being a first-year student, as well as to build excitement for Orientation and the great times ahead.  Student Life Ambassadors correspond with their assigned new student(s) periodically throughout the summer months helping them prepare for their transition to McGill's academic and social life.


Deadline to apply: Ongoing

For more info: Email ambassador.firstyear [at] or visit the Student Life Ambassador webpage

International Student Buddy (Student Matching Program)

Open to: All undergraduate and graduate students who have completed one year at McGill. International AND domestic students are welcome to apply.

Brought to you by: International Student Services


The Buddy program pairs new international students with current students who provide a friendly face, helping hand, and first Montreal friendship that can make a world of difference for new arrivals. Buddies can also offer linguistic support, cultural guidance and information about life at McGill.  Typical "buddy" activities might include: showing international students around campus, locating nearby banks and grocery stores, helping with an apartment search, chatting over a cup of coffee

APPLY NOW: International Student Buddy

Deadline to apply: Summer 2020

For more info: Email international.buddy [at] or visit the International Student Buddy web page.

Orientation - Preparation & Logistical Volunteers
Open to: All undergraduate and graduate students 

Brought to you by: Campus Life & Engagement

About: Campus Life & Engagement coordinates McGill's Orientation Week which welcomes over 10000+ students per year. CL&E cannot achieve this without the help of our volunteers. They are the heart and soul of Orientation Week. If you want to get involved with Orientation Week, there are many ways to do so. We encourage you to sign up for as many opportunities as you're interested in. The events are listed below by chronological order:

  • Orientation Preparation (End of July - End of August): Orientation Week doesn't just happen. Starting in July, volunteers' help is crucial in everything from orientation package preparation to signage prep. 
  • Off-Campus Connects (August 24, 2020) is an orientation day hosted by Campus Life & Engagement at the beginning of each academic year. Similar to Welcome Fest, but geared towards incoming students not living in McGill residences. Logistical Volunteers will be expected to help with signage, crowd control, lunch distribution, amazing race coordination, registration and welcoming our new off-campus and commuter students!
  • Discover McGill (August 25, 2020) is a great opportunity for students to volunteer and help welcome the University’s new students at one of the largest orientation events organized by McGill. There are opportunities for logistical support in the day of (e.g., group formation, orientation package and lunch distribution, University Fair setup, and the overall welcoming process) and the day before (e.g., 2020 outline prep, setup). Volunteers will need to be flexible and ready to adapt to a variety of tasks that might arise. At a later take, there may be opportunities to assume leadership positions like Team Captains who oversee groups of volunteers assigned to a specific project/task.
  • Engage McGill (August 25, 2020) is the end-of-day event on Discover McGill day and is another excellent opportunity to develop your logistical and organizational skills and contribute to creating a successful orientation event. Volunteers assist in overseeing the delivery and distribution of food, set up and installation of various activities, and various other tasks. It’s a wonderful way to ensure that new students get the welcome they deserve.
  • DM Academic Expectations Day (August 26, 2020): This day is a series of workshops to introduce new students to what a university workload entails. Volunteers will help with registration and crowd control.
  • Grads Connect and Discover McGill Graduate Services Fair (August 31, 2020) is the university-wide graduate orientation day that includes social networking and team-building activities to connect graduate students with one another as well as with some of the great resources at their disposal and a services fair that includes on-campus support and resources. Logistical Volunteers will be expected to help with signage, crowd control, lunch distribution, amazing race coordination, registration and welcoming our new graduate students!

Thank you for your interest! Due to the virtual nature of the 2020 Orientation, we can't offer any logistical volunteer positions. Still want to help this August? Consider being a Virtual Orientation Facilitator with Off-Campus Connects or Grads Connect! 

Deadline to apply: Summer 2020

For more info: Email cle [at]

OSD Mentoring Program
Open to: All undergraduate and graduate students that have been at McGill for at least 1 year

Brought to you by: The Office for Students with Disabilities

About: The Office for Students with Disabilities’ (OSD) Mentorship Program is designed to enrich the university experience of students registered with thier office. Students registered with the OSD receive support for documented disabilities, mental health disorders, chronic illnesses, or other impairments.Mentors meet with students weekly to support learning, inclusion, and empower students to achieve their academic goals. 

Deadline to apply: Applications open in April/May for Fall 2020

For more info: For more information, visit their Mentor Program page or emailisabella.scurfield [at] ( Isabella Scurfield)

Access Ambassadors, Invigilators, Scribes, Note Takers, Personal Attendants (and more!)
Open to: All undergraduate and graduate students

Brought to you by: Office for Students with Disabilities

About: The OSD works with students who have documented disabilities, mental health issues, chronic health conditions, or other impairments. These may be temporary, permanent, or episodic. Get involved with OSD in various ways! 

Deadline to apply: Ongoing 


For more info: Email disabilities.students [at]

Orientation/Frosh Leaders & O-Staff
Open to: Undergraduate students

Brought to you by: Faculty/School student associations (Faculty Frosh) and student groups (Non-Faculty Frosh), as well as Campus Life & Engagement

About: Orientation Leaders are returning McGill students who help guide and acquaint new students to the McGill and Montreal communities before, during, and between organized University-wide (Discover McGill) and Faculty/interest-specific (Frosh) events throughout Orientation Week. The Orientation Leader is a key contributor to setting the tone for the week and the culture of the University and city, and helps ensure that all participants’ time is fun, safe, inclusive, and welcoming.
O-Staff are returning McGill students who help to create welcoming and well-organized environments, spaces, and operations for events and participants during Orientation Week. O-Staff are essential to the success and smooth functioning of all events.

Applications are now closed. Please check back again next year! 


  • Check out the Orientation Leader/O-Staff FAQ section, since it might help answer some questions you have
  • Presentation slides from the Frosh Leader Info Session
  • You should only apply to the Faculty in which you are a student
  • You can only apply to be a Leader OR an O-Staff
  • You should have ready a digital photo of yourself (face clearly shown, with no one else in photo) to submit with your application. Take note that the photo you submit in the application is only downloaded and used for identification purposes AFTER the interview. The photos are simply used to help "put a face to a name," since it is difficult for Coordinators to keep track of hundreds of applicants by name alone. Rest assured that the photo is not looked at before your interview or considered during the application/selection process.
  • The application is lengthy and requires answering many questions; therefore, we recommend filling out the application using a desktop/laptop computer and not a phone/tablet.

FACULTY FROSH & DISCOVER McGILL - Application deadline extended for some Faculties. Please see below. 


  • Fish Frosh (Christian campus groups) - For more information, please consult their Facebook Page or contact them by mcgillfishfrosh [at] (email).

  • Jewish Students' Frosh (Am McGill and Ghetto Shul) - For more information, please consult Am McGill's Facebook PageGhetto Shul's Facebook Page.

  • Muslim Students' Association Frosh - For more information, please consult their Facebook Page or visit their website.

  • Outdoor Frosh (McGill Student's Outdoor Club) - For more information, please consult their Facebook Page or visit their website.

  • Rad Frosh (QPIRG) - For more information, please consult their Facebook Page or visit their website.

For more info: Email orientation-development [at] or visit the Frosh website.

Graduate Orientation Ambassadors
Open to: All graduate students

Brought to you by: Campus Life & Engagement + Teaching and Learning Services

About: During orientation, ambassadors will go to department orientations to deliver 5 minute presentations about resources at McGill. Ambassadors will also provide assistance hosting the Academic Expectations & Fellowship workshops by setting up presentations and the room, taking attendance, taking feedback, and being a general resource person for the attendees. Ambassadors will also help with the Discover McGill Services Fair by welcoming students and providing general assistance to staff running the event.

Unfortunately, we are not seeking Graduate Orientation Ambassadors for the Fall 2020 Orientation. If you are still interested in helping this August, please consider signing up as a Virtual Orientation Facilitator at Grads Connect!

Deadline to apply: August 7, 2020 at 11:59PM

Grads Connect (GX) Facilitators
Open to: All graduate students

Brought to you by: Campus Life & Engagement

About: Grads Connect is a social event hosted by Campus Life & Engagement for graduate students at the beginning of each academic year (end of August). Students are introduced to each other, the McGill campus, and resources on this day. Apply to be a Facilitator (leading a group of approximately 25 first-years with a co-Facilitator).


Deadline to apply: August 14, 2020 at 11:59PM

For more info: Email gradorientation.stuserv [at] (subject: GX%20Volunteer%20Application) or visit the Graduate Orientation web page.

Off-Campus Connects (OCX) Facilitators
Open to: All undergraduate and graduate students

Brought to you by: Campus Life & Engagement

About: Off-Campus Connects (OCX) is an orientation day hosted by Campus Life & Engagement at the beginning of each academic year (end of August). This orientation event is geared towards incoming students not living in McGill residences. This event connects new off-campus and commuter students to one another while also informing them about the resources available to them at McGill. If you want to help students make lifelong friendships and welcome them to McGill apply to become an OCX Facilitator or Logistics Volunteer! Facilitators will lead groups of approximately 25 first-years with a co-facilitator. Our Logistics Volunteers help to set up the event and ensure groups transition smoothly between activities throughout the day.



Deadline to apply: August 4, 2020 at 11:59PM

For more info: Email occss [at] (subject: OCX%20Volunteer%20Application) or visit the Off-Campus & Commuter Student Support web page.


COMunity: Commuters of McGill - Connectors
Open to: All undergraduate and graduate students

Brought to you by: Campus Life & Engagement / Off-Campus & Commuter Student Support

About: Connectors are a team of upper-year off-campus/commuter students who strive to create a sense of community for McGill’s commuter student population by focusing on planning inclusive events across the island of Montreal. Moreover, they connect commuter students to resources & support on campus and help McGill students find different ways to get involved on campus. They also coordinate Off-Campus Connects (OCX) at the beginning of each academic year. 


Deadline to apply: Summer 2020

For more info: Email occss [at], visit our website and follow COMunity on Facebook 

Ambassadors for Campus & Community Engagement (ACCE)
Open to: All undergraduate and graduate students

Brought to you by: Campus Life & Engagement

About: The ACCE team (Ambassadors for Campus & Community Engagement) is instrumental in promoting involvement and community-building at McGill. This team of students are trained over a weekend and given the opportunity to learn facilitation skills and expand their leadership capacities via active-learning strategies. Over the 2020/2021 academic year the ACCE team will facilitate workshops, encourage fellow students to get involved on campus and/or in the Montreal community and contribute to the growth and development of the team via retreats, workshops and reflection. From current research and the ACCE team experience, we clearly see how engagement and involvement contributes to developing students' leadership and life skills, and just how much it enriches their academic career. Join us!

Deadline to apply: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 10 AM through MyInvolvement

For more info: Email [at] or visit the ACCE web page

Career Leadership Program (CLP)
Open to: All undergraduate and graduate students.

Brought to you by: Career Planning Service (CaPS)

About: Career Leaders are a vital link between all McGill students and CaPS. They are involved in various activities such as workshop development and facilitation, CV and LinkedIn review sessions, as well as outreach and liaising with various student groups, departments, and faculties across campus.

For more info: Email caps.cpe [at] or visit the Career Leadership Program web page.

Training & Education

Legal Information Clinic at McGill (LICM)
Open to: LICM volunteer positions are only open to second and third-year students in the Faculty of Law.

Brought to you by: The Legal Information Clinic at McGill

About: The Legal Information Clinic at McGill hires volunteers to conduct research and deliver legal information to clients. Students can also participate in informational legal presentations.

APPLY NOW: info.studentadvocacy [at] (subject: Applying%20to%20be%20a%20junior%20advocate%20at%20the%20LICMI) (Legal Info Volunteer)

For more info: Email cs.licm [at] or visit the Legal Information Clinic at McGill website.

Consent McGill Peer Educator
Open to: All undergraduate students. 

Brought to you by: Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education

About: Become a #ConsentMcGill Peer Educator and help raise awareness on consent and sexual assault prevention, and make an impact on the well-being of your fellow students! #ConsentMcGill Volunteers perform the role of outreach and education and are not replacements for professionals providing support, counselling or advice. Our goal is to provide students with consent, sexual assault prevention, and healthy relationship education and referral to services. #ConsentMcGill Peer Educators work around campus to: Promote and execute events for the #ConsentMcGill campaign, promote the Bystander workshops, healthy relationships, and consent, raise awareness about these topics through social media outreach.

#ConsentMcGill Volunteer Qualifications: Ability to have honest and inclusive conversations about consent, sexual assault prevention and healthy relationships, interest in how consent and sexual assault impacts the well-being of our university students, excellent communication, organizational skills, and reliability, interest in promoting culture change, ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

Click here to visit Consent McGill's Facebook page. 

Deadline to Apply: Applications for the 2020/2021 school year have closed. Please check back again next year!

For more info: Click here

Health & Wellness

McGill Students' Nightline
Open to: All undergraduate and graduate students

Brought to you by: McGill Student' Nightline

About: Nightline is a confidential and anonymous listening, information, and referral service that operates every night from 6 PM - 3 AM. We are a phone service and are also in the process of launching an online chat function!

Please note: the McGill Students' Nightline is not operating this summer. Please check back again soon for future opportunities or reach out via nightlineexternal [at] (subject: Peer%20Support%20Application) (Email )

For more info: Visit Nightline's website.  

MORSL Volunteers
Open to: All undergraduate and graduate students

Brought to you by: MORSL

The McGill Office of Religious and Spiritual Life regularly issues calls for volunteers to help with outreach, interfaith initiatives and community projects. Current opportunities are listed on MORSL’s volunteer page, and new projects are announced in our weekly newsletter. Subscribe online and tick the box for volunteer opportunities. For general inquiries, morsl [at] (email) MORSL.

For more info:  Email carlene.gardner [at] (subject: Peer%20Faith%20Liaison%20Program%20) (Carlene) and/or visit MORSL's website.

Peer Support Centre: Peer Supporters and Promo Team
Open to: All undergraduate and graduate students

Brought to you by: Peer Support Centre (PSC)

About: The Peer Support Centre offers free, drop-in, confidential and non-judgemental peer-to-peer support and resource referral to McGill students. They are looking for new peer supporters, as well as volunteers to join their Promo and Outreach team. If you have an interest in mental health, helping out your fellow peers, or in communications and marketing, you are welcome to join the PSC community!

For more info: Email mcgill.psc [at] (subject: Volunteer%20Applications) or visit the Peer Support Centre's websitePlease note: the Peer Support Centre is currently transitioning to online services. As such they may not be recruiting presently. Please check back again soon. 

Study Sessions for Parents and Kids Program (SSPKP) Volunteers
Open to: All graduate students

Brought to you by: Study Sessions for Parents and Kids Program (SSPKP)

About: Once a month at Thomson House, McGill students with child dependents have the opportunity to complete academic work while their child(ren) are cared for in an adjacent space by trained volunteers. There will be organized activities to entertain the children. The objective of the program is to provide student parents with an opportunity for quiet study time to better serve the McGill community. A morning snack and juice box are provided. A pizza lunch will be provided. Recommended for ages 2 and up.

For more info: Contact membership.pgss [at] mail.mcgill.caPlease note: as Thomson House is closed this program will not be running in the fall. Check back again soon!

Frequently Asked Questions (Orientation Leader/O-Staff)
Click on the plus sign (+) to access the FAQ section and individual questions.
Can I apply to be an Orientation Leader/O-Staff and apply to other programs listed on this page?

Yes, absolutely! Being an Orientation Leader/O-Staff does not preclude or disqualify you from any of the other programs/opportunities (except Discover McGill/Engage McGill, since you will be there anyway as a Leader!). We invite and highly suggest you to apply to as many programs that interest you. Obviously, you care about helping your fellow student, so why not offer peer support during Orientation and at other times of the year!

Take note that some opportunities (e.g., Legal Information Clinic) have more specific criteria about who can apply.

Can I apply to be both an Orientation Leader and O-Staff?

No. You can only apply once and for one position, so choose wisely! You can either apply to be a Leader or an O-Staff. If you are applying to be a Leader, at the end of your application there will be an option for you to indicate if you would also like to be considered for the role of an O-Staff, if not selected as a Leader. However, O-Staff applicants will not be asked if they would like to be considered for the role of a Leader, if not selected as an O-Staff.

Can I apply to be a Leader for a Frosh outside my Faculty?

No, you must apply to a Frosh within your own Faculty. When Frosh Coordinators receive applications, the first thing they do is a reference check with McGill to confirm that you are applying to the direct Faculty. As you are only able to apply to one Frosh, make sure you double check that you are applying to the correct one. 

I want to Frosh lead with my friends! Is that possible?

That's cool! If your application is accepted and you are called to an interview, you can book your interviews the same time with people you want to lead with and the Coordinators will consider your application together. You do not need to e-mail CL&E! Just keep in mind that this is not a guarantee you will lead together, as Coordinators create teams based on multiple factors. 

How many Leaders/O-Staff are chosen? What are my chances of being selected?

This number changes each year, depending on the Faculty that you are applying to. However, the number of applicants has grown steadily over the years. From 2015 to 2016, the number of Leader applications increased 46% and the number of O-Staff application increased 47%. In 2016, across all 8 Faculty Froshes, there were over 1530 Leader applicants for 750 spots (49% selected), and over 570 O-Staff applicants for 315 spots (55% selected). 

What makes for a strong applicant/application?

Here at McGill, inclusivity is the name of the game. We are looking for Leaders and O-Staff who are responsible, mature, welcoming, and respectful - and can make all new students feel comfortable and excited. Additionally, an Orientation Leader should be outgoing, creative, energetic, and ensuring the safety and well-being of all our participants. In both your application and interview, be sure to include your relevant experience, in addition to clear examples of times that you have practiced these skills.

As a returning Leader, am I automatically selected to be a Leader again?

No, returning Leaders are not automatically chosen. Due to the high interest, large number of applications, and new yearly goals for Frosh, it is important that all Leaders re-apply and are interviewed to make sure that they are capable of helping us achieve our Orientation goals. 

When do interviews take place? What if I am not in town?

The exact date for interviews varies by Frosh but Faculty Frosh interviews ordinarily take place in April in the evening and/or on weekends. After the application deadline, applicants will be sent an email from the Frosh Coordinator team with more information about when, where, and how interviews will be conducted.

After you submit your application, you will be contacted by a Frosh Coordinator to schedule an interview time. If you will not be in town for any of the interview times (e.g., on exchange, doing an out-of-town internship...), let the Coordinator know. They will likely be able to organize an interview with you, either over Skype or by phone.  

When do I need to be back in Montreal?

As a Leader, you need to be back in Montreal earlier than the start of Orientation Week. Before Orientation Week (Discover McGill & Frosh), all Leaders must attend mandatory Orientation training. This training begins on Tuesday, August 18th, so we ask that you are back in Montreal on that date and ready to go! 

What do I need to know about training?

If you are accepted as an Orientation Leader or O-Staff, you will then be informed about the training process. Each year, Orientation training changes. Our team of training developers review Leader/O-Staff feedback on training and new student feedback on Orientation, and work hard to create new and improved training sessions. For now, know that you should plan to be back in Montreal by Tuesday, August 18 to accommodate the training schedule.

Is there a cost involved in being a Leader/O-Staff?

Orientation Leaders and O-Staff typically pay a fee for their involvement with Orientation Week, which covers food, admission, apparel, swag, and other expenses. The cost of an amazing experience, however, is priceless.

I really really really want to be an Orientation Leader. My whole life has been leading up to this moment. Please accept me?

OK. You're in! But seriously, we love your energy and invite you to apply like everyone else. Hopefully your enthusiasm will come across in your application and interview!

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