Working & work experience

A variety of employment and experiential learning opportunities are available to McGill School of Information Studies students. This page provides a jumping-off point for current students seeking employment, practica, internships, and volunteer experience. For more information on full-time career opportunities, see the Careers section

International student? For advice and information related to working during or after your studies, please consult the McGill International Student Services. You'll also find resources on the McGill Career Planning Services International Students page.


Working during the school year

Full-time students should inform themselves on the University's Guideline on Hours of Work.

Working at SIS

RA & GA Positions

Several SIS faculty members employ students for Research Assistant (RA) positions. Positions are filled at the discretion of the professor. Masters and PhD students interested in RA opportunities should review research projects of interest on the SIS faculty pages and contact faculty members directly to express interest in working as an RA. Doctoral students should also mention interest to their supervisors. In addition, Graduate Assistant (GA) positions are occasionally recruited from the student body.

TA Positions

Typically, the School has several Teaching Assistant (TA) positions a year open to PhD students. These positions are communicated to SIS PhD students by email and posted in the myFuture database through McGill's Career Planning Services (CaPS). Consult the myFuture database.

Course Lecturing

The School is often interested in hiring Course Lecturers. Typically, lecturers have at least a master's degree in Library and Information Studies and working experience. To apply, send a CV to the School Director.

Working at McGill

McGill Work Study

Many SIS students have found work placements through the Work Study program run by the McGill Scholarship & Student Aid Office. The program offers eligible students the opportunity to apply for library, archival, clerical, research, technical, and other Work Study-related job postings on the McGill campus.

Please read eligibility criteria carefully: to be considered for the program, students must demonstrate that they have applied for and will be receiving the maximum government aid for which they are eligible. All questions regarding the program or eligibility should be addressed directly to the Work Study program.

> View McGill Work Study information and postings.

TA Positions in Other Departments

SIS students interested in Teaching Assistant (TA) positions in other McGill departments should consult the myFuture database through McGill's Career Planning Services (CaPS). Most university TA positions are posted on myFuture, but some may be listed on department websites.

> Consult the myFuture database.

Exam Invigilation

During exam periods in December and April, McGill hires graduate students to supervise exams.

> Learn about exam invigilation opportunities.


Summer jobs

SIS Job List

Students are advised to subscribe to the SIS-JOBS list. This moderated employment list primarily contains off-campus postings. Summer positions are often posted in late winter/early spring of each year.

> Subscribe to the SIS-JOBs email list.

CaPS postings

Visit McGill's Career Planning Services (CaPS), either in person or online. Many on or off-campus opportunities are posted through their myFuture database. 

> Read more at the CaPS Student and Summer Jobs page.

Young Canada Works

The Young Canada Works program offers summer jobs and internships for applicants meeting certain eligibility criteria. The Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations program may be of particular interest to SIS students.

> Read more about Young Canada Works for students and graduates.


Internships and volunteer opportunities

Internships

McGill's Career Planning Services has a page on internships.

The McGill Internship Offices Network offers many resources for finding internships, including a database of potential internship opportunities.

The Faculty of Arts Internship Office primarily serves Arts undergraduates, but their handbook of Montreal internship and volunteer sites includes libraries, archives, and other cultural organizations which may be of interest to SIS students.

Mitacs offers research-related internships with companies, government and academia, including a special post-PhD program. More information is also available on the McGill Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies Mitacs page.

Volunteering

SIS students have found information-related volunteer positions in settings such as hospitals and health centres, museums, community archives, community libraries, and cultural centres. Don't hesitate to ask your fellow students and contact organizations directly to learn about opportunities.

Please note that information is provided here for reference only and is subject to change; a listing here does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by the School or University.


Practicum

GLIS 699 - Practicum  is a popular elective course for Master of Information Studies students. The Practicum program provides a structured opportunity for experiential learning in a workplace. 

> Learn about the Practicum program.

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