To find an internship, a project or a summer job, you have to be proactive. We recommend you take into consideration the following advice:
Are you in the CPA track? Visit the CPA Practical Experience page.
Employers are looking for candidates who can demonstrate their professionalism and who are able to highlight their skills and the relevance of these skills. You have to present employers with convincing documents.
Most offers for internships, projects and jobs in the summer are posted from January to March, with a maximum in January. But, be careful!
Offers for internships and projects in the fall and winter are usually posted three to four months prior to the commencement date.
If you are a BBA student, do not prevent yourself from completing your internship in the fall or winter, even if it means graduating in more than 3 years. In fact, a future employer will look favorably upon your internship or project experience, despite your having completed your diploma over more than 3 years. Furthermore, there is much less competition for internships in the fall or winter as compared to internships in the summer.
Sending three or four applications is insufficient to get you an interview. Moreover, meeting with an employer does not guarantee that your application will be selected. You therefore need to send a certain number of CVs and use various strategies to get yourself noticed.
Notify Your Entourage
Employers tend to hire people they know or who were recommended to them. Put your close friends and family, as well as your acquaintances, to work for you. Ask them to activate their networks.
Visit the My Career Web Portal
The Career Management Services’ job search and internship site gives you access to numerous opportunities for internships, supervised projects or summer jobs. Companies hoping to recruit HEC Montréal students place their ads here. Don’t forget to configure one or many “job alerts”.
Contact Employers Directly
There are surely companies or activity sectors which interest you more than others.
The Careers in management pages are a wealth of information. You will find specific information to facilitate your search.
Use your phone. Contact the department for which you would like to work. Ask if they have openings for students. Offer your services and send them your adapted CV.
Use LinkedIn to find HEC Montréal alumni and managers working for companies of interest to you. Contact them to find out if their organization has any openings for students. Visit the page How to Use LinkedIn Effectively to successfully complete this task.
HEC Montréal can assist you in your search for an internship in Europe.
Highered – EFMD Global Career Services, internship opportunities with world-renowned companies abroad.
Accessible in the "Resources" section of the My Career portal:
Alzea, turnkey search service for internships abroad (paid, reduced rate for HEC Montréal students, from 280 euros – around 420 Canadian dollars).
GoinGlobal, job and internship search in more than 35 countries and numerous resources (information on work permits, local culture, for example).
MyWorldAbroad, job and internship search, employer directory, advice.
Vault, internship opportunities in the United States, information on careers, the job market, companies and regulations.
Additional resources? Consult the page Job search sites and resources.