Summer 2016 in Montreal – Looking Ahead

3716949038_2484d04998_b-1000x543Ever the planner, I am currently searching for summer opportunities. As I’ve written before, my Summer 2015 was spent interning at Liberal International, a London, UK-based federation of liberal political parties. It was a great experience and I am grateful for everything I learned. Therefore, I am committed to finding an equally career-advancing experience of some sort here in Montreal.

This will likely be my only opportunity to experience our city during the summer as a student, as I was gone last summer and will probably be gone next summer due to studying abroad (more on that in my next post). I’m sure that many of you are also looking for summer work, internships, or other sorts of experiences. I view summers as an important time to better ourself in a way that is not always possible during the school year – hands on, in-the-field work. Thus, I am considering several options throughout the city (keep in mind that many of my suggestions are relevant primarily for students in the Faculty of Arts like myself):

  • Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Awards (ARIA)This program, administered through the McGill University Faculty of Arts, is a paid opportunity to engage in intensive undergraduate research with a McGill professor. I am in the process of searching for professors who currently have research grants that would be willing to take me on as a research assistant. This is my #1 choice for a summer work opportunity and I am committed to making it happen
  • On-campus jobs – From now until April, various faculties and organizations on campus hire students to work for them over the summer months. Some of the best jobs come from SSMU, AUS, Student Housing, and Service Point. These jobs are a great way to build a CV as well as to make money.
  • Internships – Internships are offered at a variety of governmental, NGO, not-for-profit, and for-profit organizations throughout the city. Some internships are paid, some are not. If you are interested in finding an internship, take a look at the Arts Internship Office website for a great wealth of resources for funding and advice on finding internships. As my first internship was unpaid, I now would only want to undertake a paid opportunity.
  • Summer classes – Whether through McGill or an outside institution, summer classes are a great way to keep your mind fresh and awake during the holidays. McGill recently released its summer class listing. Another choice is to take language classes through a variety of places such as ILSC or the YMCA. I hope to continue taking Arabic classes over the summer in order to keep learning!

What do you hope to do with your summer? It’s never too early to start thinking!

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