Art Internships in North America

Art Matters Festival Job Opportunities

Art Matters is North America’s largest student-run art festival, taking place annually in March throughout Montréal/Tiohtia:ke.

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Art Souerrain Internship

Since its creation in 2009, Art Souterrain aims at promoting contemporary art and Montreal’s undergrounds’ architectural inheritance by combining them around a festival unique in North America. As a non-profit organization, Art Souterrain wishes to grant a large public access to advanced art by freeing the pieces from their traditional venues of exhibition. A permanent team works throughout the year on the festival and the various projects and we offer internships and volunteering on different missions to help us reach our goal.

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Association of Research Institutes in Art History

The Association of Research Institutes in Art History (ARIAH) is offering paid professional development internships for up to 20 students and recent graduates interested in careers at art museums and art history research centers. The internships will be virtual and participants will commit from 10 to 12 hours per week for a period of four weeks. You are encouraged to apply if you are an undergraduate student currently enrolled at an educational institution in the USA, Canada, or Mexico, or a recent graduate (within one year) and interested in learning more about how museums work. We seek applicants from all disciplines, concentrations, and backgrounds, particularly those who have not previously held internships at arts-related institutions. You do not need to have prior museum experience to apply.

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CCA Curatorial Internship Program

The Curatorial Internship Program is designed to share the CCA’s expertise with students and young professionals in architecture, the design disciplines, the arts, the humanities, and cultural studies who are interested in exploring editorial and curatorial work in architecture. Selected candidates will have the opportunity to become acquainted with the CCA’s curatorial approach—in particular its collection, exhibitions, editorial projects, and research programs—through a nine-month internship in Montréal beginning in the fall of each year.

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Fonderie Darling Internship

Since its beginnings, Fonderie Darling has been a platform for students to acquire a significant professional experience in the field of visual arts. With its two main poles, exhibitions and artist residencies, a wide variety of creative and administrative tasks are proposed to young people willing to join a hard-working team with a common goal to offer a strong programming and an exceptional space for artists to develop their practice in. These unpaid internships are tailored to the candidates’ interests and aptitudes, depending on the organization’s needs.

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IMMA (Independent media arts alliance) Internship

This internship will immerse you in the activities of the Independent Media Arts Alliance, an exciting and dynamic workplace that is currently engaged in a number of ambitious projects which advance and strengthen the media arts community in Canada. The specific focus of this internship is the coordination and promotion of IMAASource (imaa.ca/Source), an online resource hub for media arts organisations. IMAASource offers access to a comprehensive, interlocking, and mutually reinforcing breadth of pre-existing content that has been developed by IMAA’s close partners, members, or counterparts in other fields.

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Klezkanada Internship

Based in Montreal, KlezKanada is one of the world’s leading Jewish cultural institutions. With a focus on klezmer music and Yiddish culture, KlezKanada teaches, nurtures, and presents the best of Jewish traditional arts and culture. In addition to concerts, workshops, and other events throughout the year in Montreal, KlezKanada’s flagship program is an annual summer retreat at a camp in the Laurentian mountains, an immersive residential festival for students, artists, families, and more, attended by a diverse array people from all over the world.

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List of Internships Opportunities from Concordia University

These non-profit organizations have expressed interest in hosting a funded internship in the context of the Elspeth McConnell Awards. Explore their profiles by clicking the button below.

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art Internship

Supported by a grant from the Getty Foundation, LACMA is offering three paid, ten-week Getty Marrow Undergraduate Summer Internships, one each in Conservation, Education & Public Programs, and Registration & Collections.

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McCord Museum Volunteer

McGill CKUT Radio Internship

McGill University does not have a journalism program, so CKUT plays an essential role on campus to offer a space for training and broadcasting. CKUT can help put research into action and act as a vehicle to both bring the important work done at McGill to the greater public and bring the important work done in the Montreal community to the McGill population. In this way, CKUT represents a critical voice for the McGill campus and offers a link for students to connect to the broader Montreal community.

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McGill Visual Art Collection Internship

The McGill Visual Arts Collection is strongly committed to the development of students’ knowledge and professional skills. Every year, the Collection offers positions such as academic internships and fellowships, work-study employment, and summer jobs for graduates and undergraduates in the fields of art history, communications, history, and beyond. These positions, largely funded by generous donors and student associations, provide unique opportunities for students to learn about art historical research and documentation, art preservation, museum best-practices, the art market, and philanthropy in cultural organizations.

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Pointe-à-Callière Archaeology and History Complex Internship

Pointe-à-Callière is a stimulating work environment. The Museum offers positions in many different areas, from general management to management of the Foundation, administration, marketing, communications, services to the public, exhibitions, conservation, public programs, property management and security.

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Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Internship

MASS MoCA offers internship positions in almost all departments and they are also looking for volunteers. MASS MoCA is located at 1040 MASS MoCA WAY, North Adams, MA.

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New York State Museum Internships

An Internship at the State Museum encourages participants to take an active role through hands-on learning opportunities throughout research and collections, education, public programs and administration offices. Internships exist in a wide variety of specialized departments throughout the museum providing exciting educational opportunities that not only provides personal and professional growth to participants but is a valued resource for the museum itself enlisting talented motivated individuals. Museum internships are unpaid, may be part-time or full-time, and set up to accommodate any semester throughout the year. A typical internship lasts 6-12 weeks, but can be shorter or longer, depending on the school requirements and the organizational needs.

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Canadianart Editorial Mentorships

The Canadian Art Editorial Mentorship is an 11-week, full-time residency in the Canadian Art office, located in downtown Toronto (however, geographical work guidelines have changed for 2021; see below for details). Offered on a quarterly basis, the Canadian Art Editorial Mentorship is a contract position available to applicants who meet the following criteria: current student (summer session only) or recent undergraduate, graduate or other post-secondary student,* or an applicant with equivalent experience, with an interest in developing expertise in the realm of professional art-magazine publishing. Experience will be gained in writing, editing, proofreading, layout, image research and digital initiatives.

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