1. Notetaking
  2. Tutoring
  3. Captioning
  4. Proofreading
  5. Events
  6. Scribing
  7. Computer Notetaking
  8. Work Study
  9. Internships
  10. Be a Low-Sensory Orientation Mentor

Getting involved with the Paul Menton Centre is an excellent opportunity to build your credentials – both volunteer and compensated – as well as to enhance your academic experience while investing in the experience of your peers.


As a Volunteer Notetaker, you will attend each lecture and take comprehensive notes to be made available online within 48 hours. Note-takers have the unique opportunity to improve their own skills and develop a sense of social responsibility while positively impacting the classroom experience of their peers.

For more details and to volunteer please fill-out and submit the online form.

Volunteer Notetaker FAQ’s


The PMC has partnered with CUSA and Nimbus Learning for a one-year pilot program!

Nimbus Learning is a mobile learning platform provider designed to ensure access to support for as many courses as possible at Carleton University, while making the booking, communication and scheduling process as easy as can be.

Tutors work one-on-one with students who require academic support in learning and understanding course material. The tutor acts as a coach and mentor by integrating academic support with the development of effective learning strategies and study habits. The main goal is to provide students with in-depth support while at the same time imparting skills to maximize the likelihood of future success and independence of the student.

The demand for tutors in specific content areas will depend on students’ needs from term to term. When we get a request for a tutor we check our Tutor Database of applicants who have applied to become tutors. If we cannot find a match, we will post an advertisement in the department for which a tutor is requested.

If you are interested in becoming a tutor, or would like more information about the position, please complete and submit the online Tutor Application form.


Please note: recruitment for new captioning volunteers is on hold until further notice.

Captioning refers to text that appears on screen in films and videos. It is the primary way students with hearing impairments can access the audio components of such film and videos shown in class. The PMC captions multimedia clips offline (i.e. the captioning is not done in real time) before the clip is shown in class. Responsibilities of an offline captioner include captioning videos using updated technology as well as writing and editing transcriptions of videos. S/he works in collaboration with other offline captioners.

Apply to be a volunteer captioner by completing the online form.


Proofreaders work directly with the PMC student either in person or via e-mail. The assignment in need of proofreading will be “marked up” (usually through the “track changes” button in Word) in such a way that the student will understand what changes are suggested. The volunteer proofreader must be careful not to change the style or content of the written assignment, but rather, to make improvements to spelling, grammar and sentence structure.

To apply to be a volunteer proofreader please complete our online application form. Once your application has been reviewed a member of our team will be in touch with you directly regarding next steps.


Throughout the year, the Paul Menton Centre organizes a variety of events around the Ottawa community to promote disability awareness, research and accessibility. Event Volunteers receive training for the specific event(s), and their responsibilities will vary but can include greeting, directing or guiding guests, helping with ad hoc requests from the event manager or facilitating interactive event components. Event volunteers are flexible and always excited to take on a new challenge.

Interested in volunteering at PMC events? Please fill and submit our online form to get started.


Scribes work one-on-one with registered PMC students with mobility limitations to support classroom learning, testing, or assignment-completion. You will facilitate the typed and/or written responses as formulated by the student, as close to verbatim as possible.

Computer Notetaking

Please note: recruitment for new Computer Notetakers is on hold for the Spring/Summer 2020 semester.

For information about Verbatim Notetaking/Computer Notetaking positions, please email Hunter, at hunter.calder@carleton.ca.

Work Study

The Work Study Program is a financial aid program funded by Carleton University. Students must apply to participate in the Work Study Program each year and be approved by the Awards Office before they can be hired.


A limited number of practicum or internship opportunities are available for upper-year and graduate students in Educational Counselling, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology to gain practical experience working with students with disabilities.

Be a Low-Sensory Orientation Mentor

The Low-Sensory Orientation is designed to help students with ASD, anxiety disorders or acquired brain injuries feel comfortable within the Carleton community. Between five and seven mentors (current Carleton students with low-sensory accommodations) assist with registration and an interactive information session as well as accompany participants on a tour around campus. Mentors can also participate in a Student Success Panel, sharing tips for success at post-secondary. A preparatory training afternoon is mandatory.

NOTE: this opportunity is only open to those students who have been diagnosed with ASD, anxiety disorders or acquired brain injuries and hold second (2nd) year standing, or higher.