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Employment Opportunity: 

Communications Intern

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is seeking an enthusiastic and professional individual to join us as our Communications Intern. This is a paid internship opportunity through Young Canada Works. Candidates must be under 30 years old, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to meet eligibility requirements outlined by Young Canada Works – Careers in Heritage.

This term position, from September 5, 2023 – March 22, 2024 ; is 40 hours a week, requiring some work in the evenings and on weekends.

Job Title: Communications Intern

Program Stream: Young Canada Works for Heritage Organizations 

Length of Assignment: September 5, 2023 – March 24, 2024

Hours per week: 40

Hourly Wage: $16.65/hr

Deadline for applications: August 22, 2023


Working with and reporting to Plug In ICA’s Communications Coordinator, the Communications Intern will participate in a broad range of activities that include various aspects of overseeing and being responsible for the communications, marketing and administrative activities of a contemporary art gallery or museum.


Communications and Promotions:

  • Assist in implementing strategies for branding and promoting Plug In ICA as a public facility and attraction, including the gallery’s exhibitions, public events and educational programming;
  • Assist in the production and distribution of marketing material, including advertising, program guides, signage, invitations, brochures, posters, banners and more;
  • Develop promotional/information-disseminating strategies using electronic media, including multimedia presentations, email promotions, banner ads, social media platforms, etc.

Media Relations:

  • Assist with the creation and distribution of press releases and press kits, addressing media requests and disseminating project information;
  • Collect and manage press clippings in an orderly and efficient manner, producing media reports as requested;
  • Assist in establishing and maintaining relationships with local, regional, national and international media personnel in order to promote Plug In ICA effectively.

Digital and Social Media:

  • Liaise with other staff to develop content for online and social media channels;
  • Assist in the management of the ICA’s social media content calendar;
  • Engage in social media conversations connected to Plug In ICA’s activities;
  • Assist in the communications, marketing design and development of the ICA’s website.


  • Act as front-of-house attendant during Plug In gallery hours;
  • Communicate with gallery visitors and acting as Plug In ambassador to the general public;
  • Assist with bookshop sales and library lending;
  • Collaborate with tourism and community groups to enhance Plug In’s public profile in the community.

Administration and Assistance:

  • Collect, analyze, archive and report on results of specific communications and marketing initiatives;
  • Research marketing and communications strategies and best practices;
  • Assist with setting, monitoring and meeting marketing and promotions deadlines;
  • Collaborate with tourism and community groups to enhance Plug In ICA’s profile.
  • Other duties as required

Candidate Profile:

The candidate will have an interest in pursuing a career in contemporary arts, particularly as a communications specialist, arts administrator or related career path. The candidate should be between the ages of 18 and 30, have graduated within the past 24 months with a degree (BA, MA, BFA, MFA) in arts administration, curatorial studies, visual arts, art history, cultural studies, marketing, media studies, communications, advertising or related fields.

The candidate should have confidence with online platforms, social media and new media technologies. Knowledge of WordPress is an asset. The candidate should also have familiarity with MS Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook), along with a strong knowledge of In Design, Illustrator and Photoshop.

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 August 22, 2023.

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

Please submit applications to:

Allison Yearwood, Executive Director, at with the subject line: YCW: Communications Intern

Full job call available below:

Communications 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 National homeland of the Red River Métis. Our water is sourced from Shoal Lake 40 First 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 Caitlin at

For more information on public programming and exhibitions contact Luther Konadu

For general information, please contact: or call 1.204.942.1043