Employment Opportunity at Plug In ICA • Communications Intern

Employment Opportunity: Communications Intern

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

This is a term position, from 6 September 2022 to 27 March 2023, is 40 hours/week, and requires some work in the evenings and on weekends.


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

Duties will include:

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, fundraising activities, 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.
  • 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;
  • Liaise with other staff to develop content for online and social media channels;
  • Assist in the communications, marketing design and development of the ICA’s website.


  • Acting as front of house during gallery hours (Tues – Sat)
  • Communicating with gallery visitors and acting as a Plug In ICA ambassador to the general public
  • Assisting with bookshop sales and library lending
  • Collaborate with tourism and community groups to enhance Plug In ICA’s profile

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;
  • General administrative tasks such as filing, answering phones, participating in staff meetings
  • 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 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.

All applicants must be eligible for the Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage program and be registered in the YCW candidate pool. An individual may be eligible for an internship if they:

  • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;
  • are unemployed or underemployed;
  • are a college or university graduate; and
  • are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program.

Note: Priority will be given to graduates that have not previously participated in YCW internship programs.


The candidate should have graduated 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.

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 their CV and letter of interest to Bookstore Manager, Erin Josephson-Laidlaw, at by 5 pm CST on August 12, 2022. Please include “YCW: Communications Intern” in the email subject line.

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

Full job description available here.