Bronwyn & Mackenzie on gallery floor installing Kite's artwork

Employment Opportunities: 

Education and Public Programming Intern & Communication and Fundraising Intern

Plug In ICA is seeking two dynamic and professional individuals to join our team this summer as our Education & Public Programming Intern and Communications & Fundraising Intern. These are paid internship opportunities funded in part by Young Canada Works through the Canadian Museums Association. Candidates must be under 30 years old, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and be returning to school following the internship to meet eligibility requirements outlined by Young Canada Works.

These term positions, from June 6 to August 26, 2022; are 40 hours a week, requiring some work in the evenings and on weekends.

Job Title: Education and Public Programming Intern

Program Stream: Young Canada Works for Heritage Organizations (Summer Jobs for Students)

Length of Assignment: June 6, 2022 – August 26, 2022 

Hours per week: 40

Hourly Wage: $15/hr

Deadline for applications: May 13, 2022

Job Description: 

The Education and Public Programming Intern will assist with the coordination, promotion and  documentation of events related to Plug In ICA’s educational programs and other public events.

The Education and Public Programming Intern will play a key role in the execution of the Summer Institute and Plug In ICA’s 50th Anniversary celebration. Under the direction of the Executive Director: the Intern will assist with, documenting events and studio work; assisting faculty vis-à-vis logistics coordination; assisting in designing promotional material for public events; assisting in setting up for public events, Summer Institute talks, studio visits and the Open Studio; and other tasks as deemed necessary.

The Education and Public Programming Intern will also assist in the preparation and implementation of the ICA’s 50th Anniversary events. These will include a large scale exhibition in our two galleries, as well as numerous satellite events (e.g., artists talks, exhibits in other galleries, performances and so on).

This internship will provide the successful candidate with insight and experience in the demanding responsibilities of educational and artistic programming in a contemporary art institute, gallery or analogous organization.

Description of tasks:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Education and Public Programming Intern will participate in a broad range of activities, including:  

  • Preparing and archiving photographic, video, audio and text documentation of exhibitions and events;
  • Assist in collecting and organizing Plug In’s archives, including tracking, gathering and filing press related to past, current and future programs, events and exhibitions;
  • Assisting with general logistics of public programming (artists’ talks, panel discussions, screenings, education etc.) and specific needs of participants;
  • Assisting with event set-up: e.g., tables, seating, audiovisual equipment, cameras, PAs, online streaming platforms, etc.;
  • Working closely with Plug In staff and artists to ensure all programs run smoothly.

Job Title: Communications and Fundraising Intern

Program Stream: Young Canada Works for Heritage Organizations (Summer Jobs for Students)

Length of Assignment: June 6, 2022 – August 26, 2022 

Hours per week: 40

Hourly Wage: $15/hr

Deadline for applications: May 13, 2022

Job Description:

The Communications and Fundraising Intern will assist with the coordination of communications strategies and fundraising activities undertaken by Plug In ICA. Including those related to Plug In ICA’s 50th Anniversary events. 

The Intern, under the supervision and mentorship of the Executive Director, will have an integral role in the development and implementation of Plug In’s visual and graphic strategies, including but not limited to print and electronic promotions, documenting special events and other responsibilities related to expanding Plug In’s public presence in the community.

This internship will provide experience and insight into the demanding responsibilities of fundraising and communications coordination in the culture and heritage sector, developing advanced communications, marketing, event-planning, administrative and organizational skills in the process. 

Description of tasks:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Communications and Fundraising Intern will participate in a broad range of activities, including:

  • Study 50th Anniversary budget and identify potential savings and economies; create and revise working budget in consultation with Plug In staff;
  • Drafting and negotiating venue rental contracts for artworks;
  • Assist in coordinating fundraising letters and other forms of outreach to potential donors and sponsors;
  • Assist in implementing strategies for branding and promoting Plug In as a public facility and attraction, including gallery exhibitions, public programs and pedagogical events;
  • Assist in the production and distribution of marketing material, including advertising, program guides, signage, invitations, brochures, posters, banner ads, etc.;
  • Assist in the development of promotional strategies and information using electronic media, including social media, multi-media presentations, email promotions, website banners, etc.;
  • Assist in the creation and distribution of press releases and press kits; address media requests; disseminate information to media outlets;
  • Collect and manage press clippings in a timely and orderly manner, producing media reports as requested;
  • Assist in establishing and maintaining relations with local, regional, national and international media in order to promote effectively the Institute;
  • Assist in the management of the gallery’s social media content calendar;
  • Assist in the continuing marketing design and development of Plug In’s website;
  • Assist with updating databases, library and archives; mail-outs and clerical duties, including answering the phone, copying, filing, filling out timesheets and other administrative tasks;
  • Other duties as assigned

Candidate Profile:

For both positions, a successful candidate will have an interest in pursuing a career in contemporary art, particularly as an artist, curator, public educator or related practice. The candidate should be undertaking  a relevant degree (BA, MA, BFA, MFA) in curatorial studies, visual art, art history, cultural studies, media studies, communications or related fields. The candidate will need to be available to work the occasional evening and weekend.

The candidate should have experience with Adobe design programs such as In Design, Illustrator and Photoshop and a solid ground in Office software, particularly MS Words, Excel and Outlook. They should also have a strong understanding of social media platforms and be quick to learn new media applications. Experience with WordPress is an asset. 

All applicants must be eligible for the Young Canada Works, Careers in Heritage program: i.e, they must be Canadian citizens, permanent residencies or have refugee status; legally entitled to work in Canada; be of 16 to 30 years of age at the beginning of the Internship; be able to commit to the full 12 weeks of the internship and not have a second full-time job at this time; and have been a full-time secondary or post-secondary student before the commencement of the work assignment and have the intention to return to full-time studies following the conclusion of the Internship.

Plug In encourages applications from visible and invisible minority group members including Black persons, Indigenous persons, People of colour, women, persons with disabilities, persons across the spectrum of sexual orientation and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. We are committed to removing barriers to participation. Should you require accommodation during the application process, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and letter of interest by 5 pm Central Time on May 13, 2022.

Plug In thanks all candidates for their interest, but only those to be interviewed will be contacted.

Please submit applications to:

Erin Josephson-Laidlaw at

Full job calls available below:

Education and Public Programming Intern

Communications and Fundraising Intern


We are on Treaty 1 Territory. Plug In ICA is located on the territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Plug In ICA extends our heartfelt gratitude to our generous donors, valued members, and dedicated volunteers. We acknowledge the sustaining support of our Director’s Circle. You all make a difference.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We could not operate without their continued financial investment and lobbying efforts.

Plug In ICA relies on community support to remain free and accessible to all, and enable us to continue to present excellent programs. Please consider becoming a member of Plug In ICA and a donor at or by contacting Erin at

For more information on public programming and exhibitions contact Luther Konadu

For general information, please contact: or call 1.204.942.1043