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Employment Opportunity: 

Education and Public Programming Intern

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art seeks an enthusiastic and professional individual as our Education and Public Programming Intern. This is a paid internship opportunity 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.

This term position, from June 10 to August 30, 2024; is 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 10, 2024 – August 30, 2024

Hours per week: 40

Hourly Wage: $16/hr

Deadline for applications: May 10, 2024

Job Description: 

The Education and Public Programming Intern will participate in a broad range of activities that include various aspects of running a contemporary art gallery, museum or institute, as well as research, writing and administration. The candidate must be able to prioritize competing demands in a dynamic work environment. The position is well-suited for a candidate interested in pursuing a career in the not-for-profit and/or culture and heritage sectors.

The Education and Public Programming Intern will play a key role in the execution of the Summer Institute. 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.

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:

Ultimately reporting to the Executive Director, receiving daily instruction and direction from the Communications Coordinator, the Education and Public Programming Intern will participate in a broad range of activities, including but not limited to:  

  • Assist with logistics and organizations of Plug In’s public programming, focusing primarily on the July 2024 Summer Institute, including artists’ talks, screenings and other activities;
  • Promoting events and exhibitions through the production and distribution of print materials, online promotions and social media events;
  • Developing and implementing new print, digital and social media outreach strategies;
  • Preparing and archiving photographic, video, audio and text documentation of exhibitions and events;
  • Assisting with general logistics of public programming (artists’ talks, panel discussions, screenings, etc.) and specific needs of participants
  • Assist with updating databases, library and archives, mail-outs and clerical duties

Candidate Profile:

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 or have recently completed 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 when absolutely necessary.

The ideal candidate should have a solid knowledge of MS Office software, particularly MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and Mac IOS systems. The candidate should also have a strong understanding of social media platforms and be quick to learn new media applications. Experience with InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop is preferred.

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 10, 2024.

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: Education and Public Programming Internship Application 

Full job call available below:

Education and Public Programming 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