Internships

Level up your job skills with a Free Geek Montréal internship

Free Geek Montréal offers a variety of internships for those who have the time, interest, and motivation to work outside the scope of our main volunteer program. These competitive, challenging, and highly-valued positions play a vital role in Free Geek Montréal’s organizational health and come with added benefits.

Each internship lasts 3-6 months with an option to renew afterwards. Due to the nature of these volunteer activities, we ask that applicants be at least 16 years of age.

Why should I become a Free Geek intern?

Our internships are designed to provide you with a competitive edge on the job market. While all internships at Free Geek are unpaid, there are many perks associated with volunteering your time as an intern. As an intern, you’ll receive:

  • Job skills training and professional feedback
  • Letters of reference for your job search
  • A free computer after 24 hours of service
  • 20% discount at The Free Geek Store

There are also third-party programs we support that provide more benefits to interns. These organizations, like Job Corps and SummerWorks, allow qualified applicants to receive pay for their internship.

Desired Qualifications

  • Effective communication skills
  • Punctuality and accountability
  • Patience and analytical thinking skills
  • Ability to self-motivate and work effectively without direct supervision
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and be flexible in a fast-paced work environment
  • Comfort working alongside volunteers from a wide variety of backgrounds

Currently Available Internships

With a Free Geek internship, you’ll gain skills that can be applied to:

Testing, troubleshooting, and identifying reuse potential of used technology

  • A/V Internship
  • Printer Testing Internship
  • Reuse Internship

Repairing and building computers and devices

  • Laptop Build Internship
  • Macintosh Build Internship
  • Mobile Devices Refurbishment Internship

Technology sales, service and parts

  • Free Geek Store Internship
  • Online Sales Internship
  • Technical Support Internship

Office support and administration

  • Reception & Outreach Internship 
  • Administrative Internship
  • Accounting Internship 
  • Bookkeeping Internship

Digital inclusion programs

  • Digital Inclusion Programs Internship --  coming soon

E-waste recycling, warehouse logistics and material sorting

  • Donations Triage Internship
  • Recycling Internship

If you can’t find the opportunity you’re looking for, let us know what interests you. We may be able to create an internship tailored to your interests!

How to Apply

  1. Read the internship descriptions thoroughly and decide which position best matches your interests.
  2. Attend a Volunteer Orientation Tour, held at 11am and 4pm on Tuesday-Saturday.
  3. Submit an internship application using the volunteer ID number you received during the tour. Be sure to indicate which internship you’re interested in.
  4. A Free Geek staff member will contact you within two weeks about your application. If you’re a good match for the position, we’ll schedule an on-site interview.

Internship Descriptions

A/V Internship

Learn to identify, test, and triage audio and visual tech that’s donated to Free Geek! Through the A/V Internship, you’ll learn how to troubleshoot receivers, tuners, amplifiers, speakers, TVs, DVD players, and a variety of other audio and visual equipment, old and new! You’ll also learn how to research functionality and resale value of the A/V equipment and gain experience working with the Free Geek Store and online sales department.

Job Title: A/V Intern

Hours Weekly: 8-20 hours/week

Free Geek Supervisor: Manager of Technology Refurbishment

Responsibilities

  • Research and determine value of potentially reusable A/V equipment via online sales research
  • Troubleshoot and test iPod docks, speakers, cabinet speakers, headphones, DVD players, LCD TVs, and surround sound systems, as well as other A/V equipment
  • Develop a thorough understanding of hardware specifications and Free Geek Production and Sales area needs
  • Coordinate the flow of tested equipment to the store, online sales, and bulk buyers
  • Triage and recycle incoming A/V hardware donations as needed

Desired Qualifications

  • Basic internet research knowledge
  • Technical knowledge of internal components of electronic devices is a plus
  • Experience with online sales websites like Amazon and eBay is a plus
  • Enthusiasm for Free Geek’s mission of reuse and responsible recycling

 


Printer Testing Internship

Help us to save quality printers from “The Smasher” by testing them for reuse in our Hardware Grants and Sales programs. The Printer Testing Internship focuses on triaging, testing and troubleshooting printers, scanners, and multi-purpose printers with reuse potential. You’ll learn how to research and test a wide variety of printers online. Beyond that, you’ll learn which parts of the printer are valuable for resale, and there is potential to work closely with our Online Sales department.

Job Title: Printer Program Volunteer Intern (Reuse, Sales & Recycling)

Hours Weekly: At least 8 hours/week

Free Geek Supervisor: Technology Refurbishment Staff (A/V)

Responsibilities

  • Learn printer testing & basic troubleshooting
  • Assist staff in triaging printers by identifying those with reuse potential
  • Test printers for reuse through our Sales and Grants programs
  • Identify and extract valuable printer components for online sales
  • Prepare unusable printers for recycling
  • Research printer pricing and testing methods
  • Participate in special projects related to printer reuse, recycling, and/or online sales

Desired Qualifications

  • Detail-oriented approach to problem-solving
  • Curious about printers or online sales and not afraid to ask questions
  • Ability to perform basic research online
  • Not afraid to get your hands dirty
  • Able to safely lift up to 50 lbs on a regular basis

 


Reuse Internship

Learn how to test and assemble computer hardware and gain valuable leadership experience along the way! As a Reuse intern, you’ll work with other volunteers to identify and test computer hardware, remove components for testing, and decide whether a device should be recycled or refurbished. Among the the devices you will learn about are optical drives, power supplies, monitors, video and other peripheral cards, and network devices.

Job Title: Reuse Intern

Hours Weekly: At least 8 hours/week (2 shifts or 1 full day/week)

Free Geek Supervisor: Manager of Technology Refurbishment

Responsibilities

  • Learn Free Geek’s Reuse testing procedures
  • Triage devices for reuse or recycling
  • Prepare devices and their peripherals for sale/disbursement
  • Computer and electronic component refurbishment and testing
  • Follow documentation for testing procedures of various gizmos
  • Share in ensuring the functionality of the area: maintain organization of work area, clean up after oneself after the end of each shift, help with recycling and correct routing of gizmos
  • Teach Hardware Testing procedures to new volunteers as needed
  • Research and document the strange and the unknown (often!)
  • Document advanced testing procedures for new volunteers
  • Potential to create and document new tests for odd gizmos
  • Implement data security procedures as needed
  • Keep abreast of Reuse procedure updates
  • Other duties as needed related to the Technology Refurbishment/Reuse Department

Desired Qualifications

  • While some knowledge of computer hardware is desired, it is not required
  • Understanding of Free Geek’s mission and open-source philosophy
  • Aptitude for learning detailed, complex tasks and protocols
  • Awareness of data security issues
  • Experience teaching or leading groups is a plus
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Detail-oriented
  • Not routine-averse
  • Basic internet research skills
  • Understanding of current electronics market is a plus

 


Laptop Build Internship

Learn how to refurbish and troubleshoot laptop computers. A Laptop Build Intern gains skills in testing, reformatting, and refurbishing laptop PCs. In addition, you’ll gain experience doing advanced repairs such as screen swaps and logic board swaps. As part of the Laptop Build Internship, you will gain valuable leadership and teaching experience as you guide other volunteers of varying experience through our process of laptop refurbishment. This includes leading Beginner workshops and assisting with Laptop Bootcamp instruction.

Job Title: Laptop Build Intern

Hours Weekly: At least 8 hours/week (2 shifts/week)

Free Geek Supervisor: Manager of Technology Refurbishment

Responsibilities

  • Process, triage, and test functionality of laptop PCs
  • Complete repairs such as screen swaps, battery replacements, etc.
  • Work along staff to help build and refine processes and documents
  • Research devices for reuse and refurbishment possibilities
  • Keep abreast changes and new releases in both hardware and software
  • Support Free Geek staff in triaging and recycling incoming laptop-related devices and accessories
  • Help maintain Free Geek data security standards

Desired Qualifications

  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to follow directions and provide direction to others
  • Ability to work on very small items with extreme care
  • Interest in leading workshops and teaching others about technology
  • Interest and aptitude in problem-solving and troubleshooting
  • Ability to deal with changes in processes
  • General knowledge of computers and technology

 


Macintosh Build Internship

Learn how to refurbish and troubleshoot Apple computers and equipment. A Macintosh Build Intern gains skills in testing, reformatting, and researching Apple laptops and desktop computers. In addition, you’ll gain experience doing advanced repairs such as screen swaps and logic board swaps.

Job Title: Macintosh Build Intern

Hours Weekly: At least 8 hours/week (2 shifts/week)

Free Geek Supervisor: Manager of Technology Refurbishment

Responsibilities

  • Process and test functionality of laptops, desktops, all-in ones, and others
  • Complete repairs such as screen swaps, battery replacements, etc.
  • Work along staff to help build and refine processes and documents
  • Research devices for reuse and refurbishment possibilities
  • Keep abreast changes and new releases in both hardware and software
  • Support Free Geek staff in triaging and recycling incoming Apple devices and accessories
  • Help maintain Free Geek data security standard

Desired Qualifications

  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to work on very small items with extreme care
  • An interest and aptitude in problem solving and troubleshooting
  • A desire to learn more about Mac OS X operating systems
  • Ability to deal with changes in processes
  • General knowledge of computers and technology

 


Mobile Devices Refurbishment Internship

Learn how to refurbish and troubleshoot the most cutting-edge technology in our Mobile Devices Refurbishment Internship! A Mobile Devices Refurbishment Intern gains skills in testing, reformatting, and researching tablet devices, mp3 players, smartphones, and a host of other handheld devices. In addition, you’ll gain experience doing simple repairs such as screen swaps and battery replacements.

Job Title: Mobile Devices Refurbishment Internship

Hours Weekly: At least 8 hours/week (2 shifts/week)

Free Geek Supervisor: Manager of Technology Refurbishment

Responsibilities

  • Process and test functionality of smartphones, tablets, mp3, and other mobile devices
  • Complete repairs such as screen swaps, battery replacements, etc., on a large array of small devices
  • Work along staff to help build and refine processes and documents
  • Research devices for reuse and refurbishment possibilities
  • Keep abreast changes and new releases in both hardware and software
  • Support Free Geek staff in triaging and recycling incoming mobile devices and accessories
  • Help maintain Free Geek data security standard

Desired Qualifications

  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to work on very small items with extreme care
  • An interest and aptitude in problem solving and troubleshooting
  • A desire to learn more about iOS and Android operating systems
  • Ability to deal with changes in processes
  • General knowledge of computers and technology

 


Free Geek Montréal Store Internship

The Free Geek Montréal Store Internship is a great way to get a headstart in a technology-based retail environment. Through this internship, you’ll learn how to identify a variety of tech, research market resale value, and operate a point-of-sale cashier system. You’ll also learn about merchandising techniques and store design, and you’ll hone your customer service skills too!

Job Title: Store Volunteer Intern

Hours Weekly: 4 to 15 hours/week

Free Geek Supervisor: Manager of Customer Experience

Responsibilities

  • Merchandise (tidy, label, restock) items for sale in the store
  • Greet customers and answer their questions
  • Teach a small amount about software and hardware
  • Keep up with industry standards and resale prices for various technologies
  • Work with other areas of Free Geek to help keep the store stocked
  • Take inventory of certain items
  • Occasionally test simple equipment

Desired Qualifications

  • Ability to stand for long periods
  • Analytical approach to problem-solving
  • Experience in leadership or customer service a plus
  • Technical aptitude is a plus

 


Online Sales Internship

As an online sales intern, you’ll gain valuable experience in a technology-based online retail environment. Learn how to identify a variety of tech, research market resale value, and list items to online retail sites. You’ll also learn about online advertising and optimization of sale listings, and you’ll hone your customer service skills too!

Job Title: Online Sales Intern

Hours Weekly: Up to 30 hours/week

Free Geek Supervisor: Manager of Customer Experience

Responsibilities

  • Research (and in some cases, properly condense) information about various kinds of electronic equipment
  • Take clear and consistent pictures of said equipment
  • Appropriately price equipment based on external pricing sites and critical appraisal
  • Organize and catalogue large batches of similar items
  • Pack and ship items securely and effectively
  • Create online ads using previous research (we work with a variety of online formats)
  • Coordinate and communicate well with other departments on larger projects
  • Work closely with a small team

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with online sales websites like Amazon and eBay is a plus
  • Ability to quickly identify a wide variety of basic electronics
  • Ability to work comfortably and efficiently in a fairly small space with other people
  • Experience leading or in customer service a plus
  • Knowledge of Google suite (Drive, Calendars, Docs, etc.)
  • Ability to prioritize and and multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Aptitude for learning detailed, complex tasks and protocols
  • Strong internet research ability
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to take and follow specific directions
  • Analytical approach to problem-solving
  • Technical aptitude is a plus
  • Good phone and email etiquette

 


Technical Support Internship

As a Technical Support Intern at Free Geek, you’ll have the unique opportunity to provide support to users for a large number of Linux and Mac systems. You’ll help our Tech Support staff troubleshoot and resolve hardware, software, networking, and system issues. Through this internship, you’ll gain experience in customer support, various Linux and Mac environments, and simple to advanced installations of hardware and software. In addition, you’ll learn how to utilize ticket-tracking software and organize requests within a database.

Job Title: Technical Support Intern

Hours Weekly: At least 2 four-hour shifts/week

Free Geek Supervisor: Tech Support Staff

Responsibilities

  • Learn the operating environment of GNU/Linux and MacOS
  • Answer questions over the phone, by email, and in person on a wide variety of software and hardware issues
  • Troubleshoot and resolve software, hardware, networking, and system issues
  • Perform hardware and software maintenance and upgrades
  • Teach computer skills to technical support recipients allowing for differences in their personalities and skill levels
  • Work with Reuse Program volunteers and instructors to solve tech support issues
  • Backup and transfer data from a variety of hardware and operating systems
  • Understand the sensitivities of handling user data

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of basic command line for Linux
  • Knowledge of computer hardware
  • Experience with at least one Linux text editor (emacs, nano, vi, or vim)
  • An analytical approach to problem-solving
  • An aptitude for learning new computer software
  • Interest in working closely with users to resolve issues
  • High level of patience
  • Interest in teaching
  • Knowledge of basic iMac and MacBook hardware is a plus
  • Knowledge of MacOS is a plus

 


Reception & Outreach Internship

Want to be part of the welcoming committee for Free Geek? As a Reception & Outreach Intern, you’ll be the face of Free Geek! You’ll focus your skills in customer service, database management, document creation, volunteer support, and scheduling.

Job Title: Reception Intern

Hours Weekly: 5 to 24 hours/week

Free Geek Supervisor: Front Desk Supervisor

Responsibilities

  • Maintain a welcoming and helpful reception area
  • Answer questions about Free Geek in-person, over the phone, and via email
  • Advise and schedule volunteer shifts, and log volunteer hours
  • Print and maintain a variety of Free Geek documentation
  • Clean and organize Free Geek’s reception areas
  • Organize and file volunteer data
  • Support offsite tabling and recruitment events

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Polite and approachable demeanor
  • Good phone and email etiquette
  • Knowledge of Google suite (Drive, Calendars, Docs, etc.)
  • Fluency in Spanish is a big plus

 


Administrative Internship

The Administrative Internship is a great opportunity for individuals looking for work in an office, or human resource and operations fields. As an Administrative Intern, you’ll be responsible for understanding our filing systems, processes and protocol. You will gain knowledge in office inventory management. You will learn about the general flow of office work, including drafting letters, and general support to keep the office organized. It is a great way to better understand the inner-workings of a nonprofit.

Job Title: Administrative Intern

Hours Weekly: At least 8 hours/week

Free Geek Supervisor: Chief of Staff

Responsibilities

  • Learn filing system for personnel files
  • Print and maintain a variety of Free Geek documentation
  • Organize and file personnel files
  • Check and restock administrative handouts
  • Draft letters and documentation
  • Create and archive files
  • Learn inventory aystem and check inventory backups are stocked
  • Keep inventory area clean and organized
  • Organize and tidy staff lounge, and meeting room areas
  • Refill water cooler, and assist in stocking snacks in staff lounge
  • Keep staff inboxes up to date, and occasionally put communications in boxes
  • Occasional scheduling of administrative meetings

Desired Qualifications

  • Proficient organizational skills
  • Knowledge of Google Suite
  • Interest in how an office works
  • Good phone and email etiquette
  • Detail oriented
  • Self-assured in your ability to ask questions
  • Ability to work without direct supervision

 


Accounting Internship

As a accounting administrative intern you’ll have the unique opportunity to provide support to our accounting staff. You’ll help enter data into Quickbooks. You’ll maintain the accounting filing system. This internship will help you gain knowledge in basic administrative tasks related to accounting. Previous knowledge of Quickbooks and accounting is encouraged.

Job Title: Accounting Administrative Intern

Hours Weekly: At least 4 hours/week

Free Geek Supervisor: Accounting Staff

Responsibilities

  • Learn Quickbooks, and basic Google Suite
  • Filing documents for accounting
  • Data entry of deposits, income reports, credit card records into Quickbooks
  • Review alarm logs
  • Data entry into spreadsheets for tracking of Trucks etc.
  • Maintain file system
  • Archiving files

 


Bookkeeping Internship

As a bookkeeping intern you’ll gain valuable experience helping the accounting staff at a non-profit. You’ll help maintain Quickbook records of account receivable and payable, as well a payroll entries. You’ll gain experience in cash-handling, and bookkeeping basics. Previous knowledge of Quickbooks and accounting is encouraged.

Job Title: Accounting Administrative Intern

Hours Weekly: At least 4 hours/week

Free Geek Supervisor: Accounting Staff

Responsibilities

  • Knowledge of Quickbooks, and Google Suite
  • Using statistics and calculations involving Free Geek accounts
  • Prepare tills, and deposits
  • Data entry in Quickbooks involving accounts receivable/payable
  • Data entry of percentages and calculations regarding payroll

 


Donations Triage Internship

Donations Triage Interns are masters of the Receiving & Sorting areas of Free Geek and have a strong understanding of the Québec e-Cycles Program. As a Donations Triage Intern, you’ll train to identify any type of technology that is donated to Free Geek, understand its place in the the reuse or recycling flow, and effectively organize donated tech to be processed. Additionally, Donations Triage Interns assist in training and supervising the Sorting volunteers.

Job Title: Donations Triage Intern

Hours Weekly: 8-20 hours/week

Free Geek Supervisor: Receiving, Sorting, and Recycling Supervisor

Responsibilities

  • Work alongside Free Geek staff to coordinate volunteers and the flow of material donations
  • Train and supervise volunteers to support Free Geek’s mission by identifying reusable materials in donations
  • Develop a thorough understanding of data security, hardware specifications, and Free Geek Production and Sales area needs
  • Test computer speakers
  • Support Free Geek staff in triaging incoming hardware donations as needed
  • Support Receiving and Sorting Staff in following Data Security policies
  • Support Receiving Staff in triaging incoming hardware donations as needed
  • Facilitate flow of materials throughout the building with communication from other Free Geek staff

Desired Qualifications

  • Knack for sorting and organizing
  • Ability to quickly identify a wide variety of basic electronics
  • Ability to work well with an ever-changing and diverse volunteer base
  • Ability to prioritize and and multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to comfortably lift 50+ lbs and stand for extended periods of time
  • Enthusiasm for Free Geek’s mission of reuse and responsible recycling

 


Recycling Internship

The Recycling Internship is a great program for individuals looking for work in the recycling industry or in any warehouse environment. As a Recycling Intern, you’ll be responsible for understanding Free Geek’s recycling protocol, teaching and training volunteers in recycling programs, assisting in material flow, and performing some advanced deconstruction projects. You’ll also be trained in warehouse safety procedures and pallet-jack operation.

Job Title: Recycling Intern

Hours Weekly: At least 7.25 hours/week

Free Geek Supervisor: Receiving, Sorting, and Recycling Supervisor

Responsibilities

  • Orient, teach, and support volunteers who are deconstructing desktop computers, modems, and other small electronics
  • Sort recyclable material
  • Perform advanced deconstruction tasks
  • Assist in managing material flow through the Recycling area including pallet jack operation, swapping bins and prioritizing tasks
  • Promote the safety of themselves, volunteers, and the environment

Desired Qualifications

  • Detail-oriented approach to problem-solving
  • Not afraid of getting dirty
  • Interest in learning about e-waste recycling practices
  • Ability to teach people from a range of backgrounds
  • Ability to comfortably lift 50+ lbs and stand for extended periods of time
  • Experience using hand tools is a plus
  • Ability to speak Spanish is a plus