Photo of a roof top gathering, 2019
2019 Trackings and Trappings Summer Institute Open Studio celebration on the Plug In ICA rooftop

Employment Opportunities at Plug In ICA • Paid Summer Internships

Employment Opportunities: 

Education and Public Programming Intern & Communication and Fundraising Intern

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art seeks two enthusiastic and professional individuals to join our team as our Education and Public Programming Intern and Communications and 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 7 to August 27, 2021; are 40 hours a week, requiring some work in the evenings and on weekends.

Education and Public Programming Intern

Job Title: Education and Public Programming Intern
Program Stream: Young Canada Works for Heritage Organizations (Summer Jobs for Students)
Length of Assignment: June 7, 2021 – August 27, 2021
Hours per week: 40
Hourly Wage: $15/hr
Deadline for applications: May 21, 2021

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 be key to the successful implementation of the Summer Institute and Interpreting[Interrupting] Youth  and will be actively involved in the implementation of this program under the direction of the Executive Director: documenting events and studio work; assisting faculty vis-à-vis logistics coordination; assisting in setting up for public events, Summer Institute talks, studio visits and the Open Studio; and other tasks as deemed necessary.

For STAGES 2021, the Education and Public Programming Intern’s responsibilities will include: assisting with the preparation and dissemination of the exhibition programming guide (curatorial statement, artists’ bios, description and location of artworks, dates of special events); tracking, collecting and archive press mentions of STAGES 2021 exhibition and events; and other duties as become necessary. The Education and Public Programming Intern will garner considerable experience in the planning and implementation of large-scale artistic, pedagogical and, more generally, public-facing projects.

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.

Communication and Fundraising Intern

Job Title: Communications and Fundraising Intern
Program Stream: Young Canada Works for Heritage Organizations (Summer Jobs for Students)
Length of Assignment: June 7, 2021 – August 27, 2021
Hours per week: 40
Hourly Wage: $15/hr
Deadline for applications: May 21, 2021

Job Description: 

The Communications and Fundraising Intern will assist with the coordination of fundraising activities and communications strategies undertaken by Plug In ICA, including those related to the STAGES 2021 biennial, our 2021 Summer exhibition and public programming schedule and preparation for Plug In ICA’s upcoming 50th anniversary.

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:

  • 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;
  • 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 other clerical duties and administrative tasks;

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 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.

The candidate should have a solid ground in Office software, particularly MS Word, Excel and Outlook. The candidate should also have a strong understanding of social media platforms and be quick to learn new media applications. Experience with In Design, Illustrator and Photoshop is an asset.

Plug In ICA welcomes applications from participants in the Government of Canada’s job equity groups (i.e., women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous people). 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 11 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 completion of the internship.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and letter of interest by 5 pm Central Time on Monday, May 21, 2021.

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

Please submit applications to:
Angela Forget, Operations Manager

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 Angela at

For more information on public programming and exhibitions contact Allison Yearwood at

For general information, please contact: or call 1.204.942.1043