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.



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!

10 of The World’s Coolest Jobs

What are we going to school for anyway?


As much as capitalizing on the student life is enjoyable while it lasts, eventually getting a full-time job is inevitable – we will all become part of the labour force one way or another, so why not let it be the most enjoyable way possible? Some people subscribe to that paradigm, allowing their fiery passions to carry them into the workforce, thus creating arguably some of the world’s coolest jobs. For some serious inspo further education, check out these 10 unconventional and insanely cool full-time jobs:


Chocolate Taster

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Probably not skinny, but definitely delicious.


Personal Ferrari Shopper

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I wonder if there’s a staff discount?


Vacation Tester

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Getting paid to vacation, I’m sold.


Award Show Seat Filler

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Rub shoulders and hang out with celebrities, what’s not to like?


Livestream Eater

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Indulge while doing some serious public service by ensuring people never eat alone (Yes, this is seriously a thing).


Video Game Tester

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The best way to avoid being yelled at by a parent/significant other/roommate about your video game addiction is (of course) by making a job out of it so no one can tell you otherwise. You’re really busy “working”.


Movie/Food Critic

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You literally get paid to go to the movies. Need I say more?


NFL, NHL (or any major sports league) Official


See the games from the best possible spot… On the field!


Paranormal Investigator

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You can actually be a GhostBuster.


Disney Princess/Prince

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Live out that childhood dream.



Whatever you passion, what’s stopping you from turning it into your job!


How to work in the “me” generation.

Ah, the everlasting money chase- it seems to be a common theme among students, no matter their situation. Between a strange class schedule,  a commitment phobia,  or just really not wanting an unfortunate part-time job, motivation to hand out resumes is often lost, thus creating an increasing group of students who may want to work, but don’t have the opportunity. We’re all about solutions here, so have created a list of 13 unconventional student jobs that may be suited for you this school year, and we’re not talking paid survey taking or essay selling here – our list will really work:


Fitness Instructor

Fitness Instructor

Take your passion to the next level and become a fitness instructor. This can be great for those who love being at the gym anyway, and even more so for outgoing people with a passion for fitness. Not only that, but becoming a fitness instructor leaves you with many options for personal training, to yoga, to aerobics or dance aerobics, and more!


Get information of the Fitness Instructor Training program ran through the YMCA here: http://www.ymcaquebec.org/en/Health-and-Fitness/Fitness-Instructor-Training/Fitness-Instructor-Training-Program-FIT



Brand Ambassador or Promotional Model


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If you love people, are extremely smiley and outgoing, and have a flare for customer service and interaction, this job is for you! Many companies hire promotional models and brand ambassadors on behalf of their event, brand, or product, in order to create brand, campaign, and product awareness. These jobs are typically contractual, and tend to pay very well as they tend to be short programs and long shifts- but are extremely beneficial- not only is the work easy, fun, and well-paid, but you’re constantly interacting and making new connections, get to attend the hottest events, and can also walk away with some free stuff! Best of all, MINIMAL COMMITMENT because most activations are no longer than 1-3 shifts.


Check out some Montreal Brand Ambassador positions here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/brandambassadorsofmontreal/


Dog Walker/Sitter

Dog Walker

For those of us lacking a pet, this is an ideal position because you get to make money while spending time with a furry friend. There are many people who are simply too busy to walk their dogs, and this is where you come in, as the dog walker extraordinaire you are.


Check out Pet Sitting and Care jobs here: https://www.care.com/en-ca/jobs/dog-sitting/montreal



Entrepreneur 2

Take what you like, and make money from it. Are you the type of person that like to get what you want no matter what, if something isn’t there for you, do you make it happen for yourself? Maybe you should consider entrepreneurship of sorts. Running your own business can have many advantages and can be kept simple when you are simply looking to build a revenue instead of a brand. You can capitalize on your talents, or find an answer to an issue that needed solving; either way, entrepreneurship can reap many benefits at this age that other jobs cannot.


Check out a Canadian-wide incubator and sponsorship program here: http://www.futurpreneur.ca/en/





Task apps like Kutoto- Canada’s version of TaskRabbit, is the answer for people who don’t have time to commit. This app works similar to Fiverr, but offers matching local errands and jobs with local job seekers, worth $10 or more. Jobs vary from standing in line, baking cakes, walking dogs, and much more. It’s like the Uber or Tinder for quick errands and quick money making- all cashless (a credit card is required).

Get more information on Kutoto here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/kutoto-get-things-done-locally./id585915367?mt=8

Check out similar apps here: http://appcrawlr.com/app/related/2286384



Social Media for a Small Business

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You’re hanging out on instagram all day anyways ….

Take advantage of your consistent knowledge of social media and reach out to a small business seeking social media help. Many small companies are looking for someone with basic skills such as setting up a Facebook and various social networking pages, something you can do in your sleep! Thus, surprisingly, your fluency in social media, hashtags, and posting, turns you into an ideal social media intern for a small business.


You can check job ads on sites like Kijiji and Indeed. http://www.kijiji.ca/b-grand-montreal/social-media/k0l80002 and http://www.indeed.ca/



Tutor or Teacher


If you show scholastic aptitude towards a certain subject, or can speak another language (or two), you might actually be the ideal tutor! Not only does it pay well, but you can choose to tutor in subjects that interest you or that you excel in, but you’re guaranteed to meet some cool new people and students, and it looks great on a resume!


You can check out tutoring jobs here: https://www.tutorhero.me/blog/post/51/Tutoring-Job-in-Montreal-Quebec-The-Best-Company-to-Work-For



Club Work

Bottle Service

Similar to social media, since you’re probably spending time there anyways, why not work in a club? Working in a club has a schedule benefit because typically you won’t be working before 10pm, but is also ideal to make new friends, get into the nightlife scene, and offers diverse roles- from a bottle service girl/boy, DJ, promoter, shooter girl, or bartender, to a bouncer, host/coat check, marketing and PR agents, and promotional model – the club industry, provided you’re a night owl, has a job to suit you.



To apply to work in a club in Montreal stay tuned- most clubs will host a job fair early September that will be advertised on their Facebook or Instagram pages.



Mystery Shopping

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Mystery shopping is a really cool part-time job- you essentially assess customer service at various stores, from a boutique, to a spa, to a restaurant, the opportunities are endless. Although the pay is somewhat lower, you end up getting many fun outings paid for by the company, provided you can stay discreet within your assessment and fill out the corresponding report. I must warn however, if you see ads claiming to pay $400 or high amounts per assignments, it may be a scam (even if they send you a job application), be wise and weary- if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!

Apply to one of Montreal’s many Mystery Shopping firms here: https://premierservice.ca/apply/  



Create an Etsy or Ebay Store

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If you’re artistic, create a homemade product, and start and a corresponding Etsy store! Etsy specializes in selling handmade and vintage products, and is incredibly easy to use. If you’re not into making something or scouting vintage finds, you can always downsize and sell some used items Kardashian style via your very own Ebay store.


Check out Etsy and Ebay Stores here: https://www.etsy.com/ca/ and http://stores.ebay.ca/



Valet Parking Attendant

Valet Parking Attendant

If you’re car-less but enjoy driving, try finding a Valet Parking Attendant job- this is something different and surely a cool way to drive nice cars and spend work your time, differently.


Check out Valet Parking Attendant jobs in Montreal here: http://www.wowjobs.ca/BrowseResults.aspx?q=Valet&s=r&l=Montreal%2C+QC


Ride Share or Uber Driver

Uber Driver

If you have your own car, become a ride share or Uber driver – although Uber is banned in the city of Montreal (hyperlink this), it’s up and running as close as the area of Laval.


Furthermore, ride share drivers tend to make a huge profit and have their gas paid for. So when travelling between Montreal and another city, think about doing a ride share. Consider this: if you’re travelling from Ottawa to Montreal and fill your car up at $15 a person, you’re making $120 for the round trip. Not a bad profit, especially if you’re driving from point A to point B regardless.


Get more information on becoming an Uber driver here: https://partners.uber.com/join/

Get rideshare information here:  http://www.kijiji.ca/b-covoiturage/grand-montreal/c5l80002?siteLocale=en_CA and http://www.kangaride.com/ and check your local and university rideshare groups on Facebook (hyperlink fb)


Freelance Writer/ Blogging

Freelance writing

If you have a lot to say, or extended knowledge in one subject, freelance writing or blogging could be for you. Many websites are seeking bloggers and freelance writers, and allow submissions from the public- best of all, if they choose your story or piece, you will be paid!


Check out websites that pay to feature your writing here: http://www.makealivingwriting.com/websites-that-pay-writers-2015-79-sites/


Places to volunteer in Montreal

In an effort to bulk up resumes and graduate study applications, many students may be seeking a volunteer position at some point this year. There’s always the need for volunteers within various organizations around the city, so we have created the ultimate list of interest categories and potential corresponding volunteer locations for seeking students this year:





Tutor at Le Baobab Familial   http://www.baobabfamilial.org/benevolat/ 

Ladies Learning Code http://ladieslearningcode.com/get-involved/ 

World Computer Exchange http://www.worldcomputerexchange.org/volunteer

C2 Montreal   https://www.c2montreal.com/volunteer-2016/

The Centre for Literacy http://www.centreforliteracy.qc.ca/tutoring 

Concordia and Mcgill Universities http://www.concordia.ca/students/volunteering/opportunities.html  https://www.mcgill.ca/cle/team/volunteer


Business – Internships


Narcity Montreal/ MTL Blog https://narcitymediainc.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=37 

C2C Ventures Inc http://www.c2csocialaction.com/volunteering.html

Montreal Arts- Affairs  http://www.montrealartsaffaires.org/en/fiche/benevoles-d-affaires

Conseil des Arts de Montreal- business volunteers https://www.artsmontreal.org/en/business/business-volunteers


Arts and Culture

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Dress to Impress Montreal – Donate clothing https://montreal.dressforsuccess.org/get-involved/volunteer/

Artscene Montreal  http://en.artsscenemontreal.com/ 

Volunteer Association of Montreal Museum of Arts http://www.mbam.qc.ca/en/volunteer-association-of-the-mmfa/ 

Conseil des Arts de Montreal https://www.artsmontreal.org/en/business/business-volunteers 

C2 Montreal https://www.c2montreal.com/volunteer-2016/



health volunteer


Alzheimers society http://www.alzheimer.ca/en/montreal/Get-involved 

Montreal Heart Institute https://www.icmmhi.org/en/about-us/become-volunteer 

Doctors without Borders http://www.msf.ca/en/volunteer-our-offices

St. Mary’s Hospital http://www.smhc.qc.ca/en/volunteers/volunteer-opportunities

Douglas Mental Health University Institute http://www.douglas.qc.ca/page/volunteer-options 





SPCA Montreal  http://www.spca.com/page_id=7&lang=en 

Animal Rescue Network http://www.animalrescuenetwork.org/info/display?PageID=988

Humane Society Canada/International http://www.hsi.org/world/canada/work/puppy_mills/tips/animal-rescue-volunteer-hsicanada.html?referrer=https://www.google.ca/

World Wildlife Foundation http://www.wwf.ca/takeaction/volunteer/ 


Children and Montreal Youth



Big Brothers Big Sisters Montreal https://www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/en/home/mentoringprograms/becomeamentor/default.aspx 

Sun Youth Organization http://sunyouthorg.com/en/contribute/become-volunteer/

Montreal’s Children’s Hospital http://www.thechildren.com/volunteer 

Starlight Children’s Foundation http://www.starlightcanada.org/getinvolved/volunteer/



Politics and Human Rights



Engineers without Borders http://legacy.ewb.ca/en/whatyoucando/volunteer/opportunities.html 

Bureau of Montreal                            http://cabm.net/en

Montreal Climate Action http://actionclimatmtl.org/get-involved/ 

Amnesty International https://amnestymontreal.org/category/volunteer-opportunities/

Unicef – ORT Montreal http://m.unicef.ca/workandvolunteer.html

Canadian Council for Refugees http://ccrweb.ca/en/get-involved