10 Things To Do This Summer in MTL

As soon as the first sun of summers hit, everyone around the city starts to find ways to soak up the warm sun. This time is the most ideal time to sightsee the most beautiful town. So butter up some sunblock and slip on your flip flops because we are about to reveal the ten most exciting things you have to do this summer in Montreal.

 Summer Festivals

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Montreal hosts a frenzy of summer festivals. Starting from the International Jazz festival, Osheaga’s live band performance, and showcase of Jazz, folk, Rock, electronic and African music. The oh-so-famous ‘Just for laughs’ and an International Fireworks competition attracts the competitors from all around the globe.

 

Indulge in outdoor eats

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It is widely believed that Montreal is a city where you couldn’t throw a brick without breaking a church window. As the summertime starts, something similar can be said of Montreal’s plentiful terraces. After a long winter, the entire population of Montreal comes out of hibernation to drink and dine al fresco. Indulge in local specialties like smoked meat, poutine and craft beers.

 

Explore Green Spaces

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Head to ‘Mount Royale’ to breathe out the toxins of the concrete metropolis city. The wide green space is famous for its beautiful pond and offers a panoramic view of the entire city!

 

Spa Yourself!

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Pamper yourself in the Nordic styled spas which are abundant and easily found. Head to Nun’s island to find one, it is a little far off from the downtown but what bad is the distance once you will get to experience the services.

 

Experience the Magical Old Montreal

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Walk through the cobblestoned streets and experience the taste of historic cafes, stores and art arenas. You may zip line over the blue waters of Bonsecours Basin to have a bird’s eye view of the city. Not to forget the ride of the largest wheel in Canada, Montreal Observation Wheel.  

 

Surf Away on the Waters of the City

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Experience Jet Ski, jet boats and electric boats for adrenaline! A variety of cruises welcomes the visitors aboard to let them sight see the beautiful skyline. If you got extra bucks with you, you may charter a yacht in the Old Port.

 

Montreal Tower Observatory and Botanical Garden

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Get spectacular views of Montréal from the Montréal Tower Observatory, standing 540 feet tall at a 45-degree angle. Then, see up to 22,000 plant species at the 10 exhibition greenhouses and 20 thematic gardens of the Montréal Botanical Garden.

 

Seek the Hidden Gems

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Summers are probably the right time to explore the city’s hidden gems. New hot spots regularly pop up in the Plateau, St. Laurent, downtown. Try finding secret speakeasies like Prohibition-style emporium The Cloakroom on Mountain Street, or O. Noir on Prince Arthur where you can experience dining in the dark and even the servers are legally blind. In the Village, you may try the trendy new Agrikol for authentic Haitian food, drink, and music.

 

Montreal Helicopter Tour

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This 20-30 minute Helicopter ride is one of the most amazing experiences you will have in the city. While flying over the city get bird’s eye views of Olympic Stadium, Downtown Montreal, Mont Royal, Parc Jean Drapeau, the Jacques Cartier Bridge and Saint Lawrence River.

 

Quebec City and Montmorency Falls

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Amazed by Niagra? Witness the Montmorency falls, 1.5 times bigger falls than Niagra. The narrow streets steep hills and historic treasures of the city take you back 350 years to rewind the French Canadian history.

 

Don’t let the summer be a bore and try out one of the shortlisted the best of bests of Montreal!

The Osheaga 2019 Lineup Has Been Announced (and You Won’t Believe It)

Running successfully for the past 14 years, Osheaga Art and Music Festival has revealed its promising line-up for the year 2019. The amazing music event will be held from 2nd to 4th of August at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal. The big news is making rounds around the internet and it is doubted that the houses will be quickly sold around this time of the year.

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The First Day:

On Friday, August 2, The festival will be headlined by The Lumineers, Flume, J Balvin and Interpol, with additional sets from Gucci Mane, Kurt Vile & The Violators, $uicideboy$, Mitski, Bob Moses, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Sharon Van Etten, Francis And The Lights and more.

The Following Day:

Saturday, August 3, The next day, The Chemical Brothers will headline alongside Logic, City and Coulour and Janelle Monáe. Other artists on Saturday’s bill include Rüfüs Du Sol, Beach House, Young the Giant, Louis the Kid, King Princess, GRiZ, Sofi Tukker, FKJ and others.

The Last Day:

On the final day — Sunday, August 4 , Osheaga will be hosting Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Hozier, Kaytranada, Metric, Mac DeMarco, Normani and many more.

 

So make a quick plan with your gang to witness this amazing and exciting spectacle and get your tickets before it is too late. Head to the Osheaga official websitto get your passes now!

Your Ultimate Guide to Montreal F1 Grand Prix Weekend

 

It’s that time of the year!

Montreal hosts one of the biggest Canadian festival F1 Prix. The amazing town is holding this big event around 7-9th of June 2019. A lot of international tourists are attracted to attend this Formula 1 Frenzy. So if you are an F1 fanatic then don’t even think of missing this. Witness the best F1 drivers hitting up to the highest of speeds at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Montreal offers the best of itself around this time of year. So if you are planning to come over to attend this grand festival you are in for a great treat!

F1 Grand Prix

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The Great grand Formula racing event is held in Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Packed with thousands of people this is one of the biggest events of Canada hosted by Montreal. People from all over the country descend to the city of Montreal and the hotels and living spaces have full houses. A lot of other festivities are chained to this grand event to show the visitors the best of Montreal. Click here for the full details of the event.

 

The St. Catherine Festival

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Experience the biggest open sky gathering of Canadian merchants at Sainte Catherine Street.  Get to witness almost 30,000 visitors altogether, jam-packed at the Catherine street like never before!  The whole town pours into the heart of downtown Montreal to enjoy animations, outside shops, musicians, acrobats, live artistic creations, dance, refreshing drinks and great food in a pleasant festive atmosphere. Enjoy the giant open sky street festival hosted by all your favorite downtown stores and restaurants.

 

ABGE

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Auberge St-Gabriel, A 330 year’s old inn situated in Montreal’s Old Port, hold ABGE annually. Be prepared to be astounded by the celebrities, moguls, media stars, models, and racing pilots. As they all are present on the Auberge for 4 days of luxurious festivities. Get to experience outstanding food experience, flowing champagne and lots of beautiful people all under one roof! The schedule of the party is as follows:

7th The Friday- partnership with Paris’ l’Arc Nightclub for Paris, Mon Amour.

8th The Saturday – we bring you Bagatelle, an incomparable day party that lasts well into the night.

9th The Sunday- Marking of the Official After-Party of Grand Prix du Canada featuring the Montreal debut of superstar DJ Guy Laliberté.

Brace yourselves because it’s going to be busy at ABGE!

 

Bordelle

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A space inspired by the 1920s, that will make you feel as if you have traveled back to a time of great prestige. Enjoy the fabulous dinner followed by the course of sophisticated wine round to end your day in style. Experience Montreal’s Grand Prix experience at a premium and exclusive supper club! Enjoy most tantalizing 4 and 5-star meals coupled by aerial performances and circus. Enjoy the sight of best-styled showgirls and enjoy Montreal’s best after party.

 

So if you are planning to come down to Montreal to attend this festivity make sure you try at least one of the above-mentioned places. We bet you won’t regret it! Have something more to add? Leave a comment or tag us at Instagram @stcathys. 

Ten Apps that will Change Your Life for the Better

Relying on smartphones has become our commodity. Where earlier we used to rely on various gadgets to relieve stress or for other random chores, now everything is just a touch away. Whether its unwinding time or you need to reach somewhere on time. From making notes to keeping a record of your budget, a smartphone is the first thing that you reach out for!

Here are a few amazing apps that will change your life better. And if not change at least it will make life easier!

 

gFlash

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This amazing app works great for students. It allows them to create flashcards for a test or quiz. You may download the relevant information straight from Google Documents or Excel spreadsheet to organize the preparation material. It’s simple and quick! You may get several options of multiple choice questions, matching the columns or video aid embedding!

 

MyHomework

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My homework is a helpful study partner that helps you reminding and check to list the submissions! Isn’t that great? It instantly gives you access to your due assignments and dates for upcoming papers, homework, and tests. Once you are done with it, you may delete it from the list by swiping right.  It’s like having a study friend, with no strings attached and absolutely no competition!

 

Any.Do

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This stylish, yet simple to-do list app makes adding and completing tasks easy and satisfying. Any.Do allows you to create as many lists as you need, prioritize your items, add notes, and set reminders. Separating items into four lists—today, tomorrow, upcoming and someday—ensures you’ll never forget something again. No more mental checklists.

 

RescueTime

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The internet can take you down into its world with absolutely no guilt trip of time. If you’re like the rest of the internet-addicted world, and you probably spend way too much time trolling over Facebook memes or Scrolling through your favorite Insta celebrities, when could you be getting work done?  Here is your savior! RescueTime keeps track of the time you spend on apps and websites and then reports back to you. The results are often shocking, so prepare to cut down on your Twitter usage.

 

Shoeboxed

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Use less paper, save trees! You may cut down on the amount of paper in your life with Shoeboxed. Instead of balling up receipts and saving them in, well, a shoebox, the app will scan and extract all relevant information and organize it into the most common tax categories. And yes, it also generates expense reports.

 

 Two Foods

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It is widely known that we are what we eat. The most important decisions that we make through the day are half comprised of what to eat during the day. The battle between healthy eating and eating outside takes a serious toll on the mind! Two foods is a simple app that allows you to make a comparison between two foods that your brain is debating upon. The comparison is made on the basis of money, nutritional value and health properties. Isn’t it cool? That’s like your personal food advisor on your phone!

 

Tech makes our life easier! So without a doubt, download all these apps and make your life easier in a touch. If you have friendlier apps that you use to make your life easier, do share your thoughts in the comments section or tag us @stcathys.

10 Best Locations for a Semester or Internship Abroad

If you are a Montreal student resident but want to travel the world, getting into an exchange program or vouching for a semester/internship abroad is your best shot. Not only does this save you money but also gives you a  unique opportunity to travel outside your comfort zone come to this fall/spring break. We look at 10 destinations that should be on your list for a semester or internship abroad. We have split the list in two (5 for a semester and 5 for internship) for convenience

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Semester

Australia – Bond University

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The Bond University is located on the Gold Coast which means unlimited sunshine and a beach to vent off every time you hit a wall with your studies. Not only will you study on one of the most beautiful campuses in the world but also get a chance to hug kangaroos.

 

Japan – Keio University

This place is a model of imparting knowledge for the Japnese. Not only does it have the most qualified teaching staff available but also inculcates a culture in students which is far more important than writing papers and dishing out answers in exams.  

 

Ireland – American College Dublin

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While you study on this beautiful campus, you will have easy access to the culture that Ireland has to offer which includes theatre, museums, galleries, food places and of course the world-renowned Irish Pubs.

 

Argentina – University of Belgrano

The campus features superb classrooms, as well as several libraries and cafeterias. Moreover, the campus is just minutes from downtown Buenos Aires which means you are always around the hustle and bustle.

 

Semester at Sea

This is by far the most attractive offers out there for a semester. Carried out under the umbrella of the University of Virginia, you get to sail on a boat and visit 11 countries while you gain academic profession along the way. Bon Voyage!

 

Internship

France

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One of the most sought after countries by student residence for an internship abroad as France and especially Paris brings you the whole platter. From natural beauty to architecture and from Pubs to fine dining restaurants, France has it all.

 

The United Kingdom

The easiest place to pick up an internship because of the non-existent language barrier. Live a summer full of antique culture that has its roots in traditions from hundreds of years ago. You can also decide to work in a fast past city like London or slow paced suburbs as per your own wish and choice.

 

Israel

If you want to join your internship with an adventure-filled summer tagged along with religious history, then Israel is the place to intern this summer.

 

New Zealand

The most scenic countries of all with opportunities that can easily be grabbed as it is not the number one choice for people willing to intern away from home. An English speaking country with classy mountains, volcanoes, and beaches to devour. What else do you need?

 

Spain

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Fall in love with a culture that has love embedded in it. With a busy lifestyle and cultural heritage to go along, you will find everything you want to see in the world in this one country alone. From the tomato fight to a bullfight, you can experience all of it in Spain.

 

Get out of your comfort zone and explore the world one summer at a time. Staying in a Montreal Student residence will not build up interesting stories to be told once you are a grandfather!

10 Montreal Summer Internships That You Can Apply for Right Away!

 

Sitting idle or drinking away the summers is not something successful people have done in the past. Therefore, come this summer if you thrive in a student residence than a nice internship in the summer may get you on your track financially, academically and socially. We have dug up 10 summer internships in Montreal that you can take up this summer.

 

FairStone Operations Intern

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The Summer Intern – Branch Operations will be introduced to every aspect of the business from administration/cash management to past due to account management to business generation, credit underwriting and sale of financial solutions.

 

SAP –  Controlling Associate

 

You will work in a business partner role and help maintain operational excellence along with contributing to assigned controlling tasks, deliver defined tasks for project work, and support relevant controlling processes

 

United Nations – Environment Affairs

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Well, everybody knows the career jump if you end up at the UN as a summer intern.

 

SourceKnowledge – Digital Marketing Intern

 

SourceKnowledge’s paid internship is a 3-month program, where university graduates and young professionals based in Montreal can develop hands-on experience in digital marketing, performance advertising, and web analytics.

 

TandemLaunch – Marketing Intern

 

Part-time marketing intern that will act in the digital sphere working with new startups.

 

Fraud Analyst

 

There is no cooler Hollywood like internship then a fraud analyst for a leading financial group. Get your Sherlock mask on, that too for a bank.

 

Sales and Marketing Intern

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You will develop market knowledge, improve the sales processes and support the delivery of the sales plan. Moreover, customer service will also fall on your desk on a daily basis.

 

Canadian National Railway – Audit Internship

 

You will under the supervision and guidance of Internal Audit Management, complete audit assignments that provide assurance on the adequacy and effectiveness of CN’s internal controls and assist Management in achieving business objectives

 

Valtech – Operations Interm

 

You will assist Valtech’s customers in the research, ideation, design, and marketing of intelligent digital experiences, interfaces and innovative products.

 

Java Logix – Digital Intern

 

Not many companies offer over the shoulder training to interns. However, an internship at Java Logix where you will be handling digital content for different customers does exactly that.

 

Therefore, sitting idle must not be the plan. Even, if you want to have a good time, you can take time off your internship and have fun. However, for most Montreal student residence, an awesome internship is the way to go to cover expenses as well as get fruitful experience when school is out.

10 Montreal Staycations You Need Before the Summer Internship Stress Hit

Are you a Montreal student resident stuck in Montreal before the summer internships? Try out a staycation at one of the lesser known places this summer!

Internet is a funny world, coming up with terminologies that Oxford did not even know existed 10 years ago. Staycation is a similar word that was not even used before 2008 and then suddenly burst into the scene. It actually means to stay home on your vacation and see the local attractions that you may or may not know about. Therefore, if you are a Montreal student resident, these are the 10 attractions you need to hit before the stress of summer internships take over:

 

Home Spa Day

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There is no better feeling than staying at home or your Montreal student residence and giving yourself a royale spa treatment. The skin glows and fear of the finals diminishes away even if for a few hours.

 

Amusement Parks

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La Ronde, Montreal’s premier amusement park is waiting for you to spend a lot of quality time with your friends or family. 

 

Winter Rooftop Pool

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This winter pool is a special treat for staycationers. It provides you a warm swim in the winter night and a room to forget all your problems away with a drink or two.  Try Apartment Hotel or Hotel Bonaventure!

 

Bike Rides

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The summers are the best time to bike around your favorite places around Montreal. You don’t even have to own a bike as you can just rent one!

 

Parc National d’Oka

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A park with water splashing and sand to play with, what else do you need for a whole Sunday affair?

 

Old Port of Montreal

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You can rent a quadricycle and have fun hovering around the old port square people watching, eating and shopping on the way!

 

Coteau-du-Lac National

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Get in touch with Montreal’s history by grabbing a snack from the farmer’s market and sitting beside the rapids while you eat.

 

Eagle Canyon

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Walk across the longest, scariest man crossing hanging bridge in Montreal. That walk of shame after a club night into your student residence will look like a happy hour once you cross this bridge.

 

Allez up

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A fun way to live a healthy life on your staycation by climbing walls for fun.

 

You do not have to go away for the weekend and spending an exorbitant amount of money in an isolated cabin to distress. Google maps are your best friend in this situation as you can find hidden gems in and around Montreal that you don’t have to take a bus for. Get your weekend bag and distress like never before

 

Our Favorite Montreal Late-Night Snacks.. Whether Studying or Partying!

Bored in your Montreal student residence, coming in from a night out, or even hanging at a friend’s place? Grabbing a bite is the best alternative, and Montreal offers a score of late night foodie entertainers! Try out some of our favorites tonight:

As a student resident, you know that you cannot survive from getting your heads smashed by books or your liver by alcohol, without the intake of delicious food. Therefore, whether you are a student resident in Montreal or just visiting to levy up, late night snacks are an absolute must! We bring you some of the most delicious late night snack spots that will bring out the positivity lacking in your nights.

 

Isle De Garde

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The join is opened till 1:30 on the weekdays and 3 am on the weekends. That along with some of the finest beer collection tagged with Charcuterie and cheeses, tartinades, and beer’s best friend, patates frites, makes it a must visit late night snack place.

 

Nouveau Palais

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This place turns into a late night going after 11:30 pm when it closes the regular dinner serving and provides with the basics of students that includes burgers, cheese fries, pierogis along with a lot of music and hustle bustle of the late nighters.

 

Mezcaleros

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Looking for some tacos to fill up before you hit the bed, club or your books? If yes, then Mezcaleros is the place to be especially on the weekends as it hits up late till 3 am.

 

Otto Yakitori

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Looking for some Japanese cuisine that includes Japanese skews and other delicacies. This bar type Japanese joint is then the place for you to eat and have fun, forgetting the downsides of living in a student residence away from home.

 

Chef on Call

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This is our personal favorite where we order in almost every other night. Most of the delivery foods and takeaways outlets are presenting faux food with limited taste. However, Chef on Call provides with fast food as well as gourmet options that you can savor at one tap of your phone screen through there awesome food ordering app!

 

All student residents in Montreal know that they cannot survive without food but only a few of them know that they cannot survive without good food. Check out these places and never have a boring snack night, be it between your end terms or in the nights where you decide to steam off!

Need Some Motivation? Check out the 5 Spotify Podcasts

Coming out of the student residence with a low beat every morning? Try these 5 Spotify Podcasts to lift your mood before you dance on the wordly music!

Losing steam as the semester ends? Are the usual songs and trips to the bar just not cutting it? Well, all you need is a positive influence every time you step out of your student residence, be it for the early morning class or a solidarity stroll around the block. This influence can come in the form of a Spotify podcast rushing positivity through your ears and right into your bloodstream. We have lined up 5 of the best motivation boosting Podcasts that you can tune into.

The Science of Happiness

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This is a fun channel that puts in scientific research to good use by explaining scientifically the methods to be more happier, kinder and more focus. This allows you to harness all the energy (negative or positive) to bring a gratitude based change in your life.

Connect Kindness Podcast

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This awesome Podcast links you up with charities that help the less fortunate. What better there is to life than listening about the success stories of people that were dealt a bad hand by life. This Podcast features interviews of founders and directors of NGOs giving you a new perspective every time you hear them out.

Your Daily Dose of Awesome

This Podcast is run by a mom and a teacher who talks about effective ways to overcome negativity and depression with a soul-satisfying and playful methodology. She doesn’t preach but talks directly to your heart, you will fall in love with being kind and awesome at the same time.

TED Radio Hour

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If you are fond of TED Talks, you know they are full of motivation by successful people. This radio show plays a similar role by bringing out insights, emotions, and discoveries made by man in the history of life.

The Kindness Project

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This is a father-daughter project where they talk about the fun side of life. The theme of the podcast remains “how to be kind” but dishes out important lessons from time to time as well.

Being kind is one way to inspire yourself every day. You don’t only have to be kind to others but yourself as well. Moreover, inspiration to achieve or be kind does not come from a podcast but from within. However, one of these Podcasts may push you in the direction that you never know existed. Happy listening.

5 Summer 2019 Research Opportunities for Montreal Undergrads

Looking for some interesting options this summer? Apply for one of the five top research positions in Montreal that we have brought down in one article for your convenience!

With the summer break around the corner, you can always plan a getaway. However, many student residences in Montreal believes that this is the time to explore their potential as a research guru. However, many undergrads residing in Montreal student residence run on the wrong path all summer and end up researching about Penguin knee joints on Facebook. We have put up 5 research opportunities that won’t be a part of a scrapbook in the future but put real value in your academic life.

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JLL internship

Looking to learn the basics of how a Fortune 500 company works? JLL offers you a unique opportunity to assist the big shots in real estate investment. If you have an academic background in Business Administration, Urban Economics, Urban Planning, or Urban Geography; then this is the place to be this summer.

 

Marketing Associate at TrickSmith Corp

Looking to make an impact? This research position will allow you to spearhead selection teams that gauge and assist cool startup companies to get on their feet running. An ideal research opportunity for students willing to work in the digital sphere in the future.

 

Valtech

Some research opportunities are generalized in its own way so your core subject and competencies don’t hamper your selection for the requisite field. One such opportunity is Valtech summer program where you will help the company in supporting their customers in the research, ideation, design, and marketing of intelligent digital experiences, interfaces and innovative products. If you have basic management skills then this is the place to be.

 

Industrial Design Research

If you have or dream of following a profession in design than this summer research opportunity is exactly what you need. You will help Revision Military in researching for better designs to develop armor, helmets and other life-saving equipment. One place where you can grow and help the protectors who protect the nation!

 

Concept Artist

If you belong to the design fraternity, then this opportunity is perfect for your career and future academic path. You will be working as a team with people looking to formulate the right design for the right place/people. You will work in a cooperative and interdisciplinary team environment to conceptualize the universe of the game

 

Therefore, if you a student resident and thinking of blowing up all your savings on beach parties and long cruises, think again because this summer may not come back again. You will always have a lot of time to party your worries away in the future!