Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art: Paid Internship Opportunity

Public Programs Assistant

Plug In ICA is seeking an enthusiastic and Plug Inst. logoprofessional individual as our Public Programs Assistant.  This is a paid internship opportunity. Candidates must be under 30 years old, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and be returning to school following the internship to meet eligibility requirement outlined by Young Canada Works.

This term position, from June 12th to September 1st 2017, is 40 hours a week, requiring some work in the evenings and on weekends.

The successful candidate will have an interest in pursuing a career in contemporary art and should be studying towards a degree in curatorial studies, visual art, art history, cultural studies, media studies or related field.  This position will provide insight into and experience in the demanding responsibilities of a Public Programming Assistant in a contemporary art institution.  The employee will develop administrative, coordinative, organizational and planning skills as well as an understanding and general knowledge of the daily operations of a contemporary art institute.


Working with the Assistant Curator, the Public Programs Assistant intern will participate in a broad range of activities that include the coordination, promotion and documentation of our public programs and events, specifically both Summer Institutes, Session I & II, as well as STAGES.

Duties include:

  • Assist with the assembly and organization of research materials, publications, websites and social media.
  • Assist with day-to-day operations of the gallery including training in various aspects of administration, participating in staff meetings, and interacting with the public.
  • Assist with organizing and delivering information to the media helping to ensure that gallery programs are well publicized and attended.
  • Assist with the logistics and organization of Plug In’s public programs, particularly the Summer Institute & STAGES.
  • Liaise with external organizations as required to fulfill duties.
  • Assist with presentation and security of gallery by working in the exhibition space, as well as gallery offices. This includes coming into contact with a wide range of gallery visitors, speaking to the public, discussing the exhibitions with various visitors, and maintaining statistical information for feedback and analysis.
  • Assist with the setup of program activities and events including events, talks, and workshops related to both Summer Institutes & STAGES.
  • Assist, when appropriate, with the installation of exhibitions or artworks.
  • Assist with updating databases, library and archives, mail outs and clerical duties, including answering phone, copying, etc.
  • Assist with the presentation of public programs including artist talks, screenings and other activities.
  • Assist with the documentation of public programs through video, audio, and photography.
  • Review correspondence, and work with the Assistant Curator to ensure that the Summer Institute: Sessions I & II run smoothly.
  • Work with STAGES’ Project Coordinator to ensure that the project runs smoothly.
  • Other duties as assigned.

This full-time (40 hours) paid internship runs from June 12th to September 1st 2017. The successful candidate is required to work some evenings and weekends.


For the downloadable job description and how to apply please click here.

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