Digital exhibit intern - Writing Wrongs VMC Project

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  • Titre de l'emploi : Digital exhibit intern - Writing Wrongs VMC Project
  • Nom de l’organisme : Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Burnaby, Colombie-Britannique
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2018-05-28 à 2018-09-28 (17,57 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 15,00 $

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Digital Exhibit Intern – Writing Wrongs VMC Project

Nikkei National Museum

6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby BC

604 777-7000

Period of employment: May 28 – Sept 28, 2018 (18 weeks total)

Hours: 9:30 am – 5pm Tuesday to Saturday

Salary: $15.00 per hour

The mandate of the Nikkei National Museum (NNM) is to honour, preserve, and share Japanese culture and Japanese Canadian history and heritage for a better Canada. Currently the collections include more than 25,000 photographs, 450 oral history recordings, over 30metres of archival and textual materials, and over 2000 artefacts.

Job description:

The Digital Exhibit Intern will assist with the Writing Wrongs project, a Virtual Museum of Canada online exhibit that the Nikkei National Museum is developing with partners from NGX Interactive, Tabata Productions, and the Landscapes of Injustice Project (LOI), a 7-year multi-sector and interdisciplinary research project that brought over 300 letters to light decrying the wholesale dispossession of Japanese Canadian property in the 1940s. Many Canadians know that people of Japanese ancestry, the large majority of them Canadian citizens, were uprooted from the British Columbia coast in the 1940s. Much less known is the policy, unique to Canada, to forcibly sell all of their property and the Landscapes of Injustice project is dedicated to telling this story.

The online exhibit will be innovative, narrative, and will contextualize the letters within this complex and contested history. The primary target audiences are high school and undergraduate students and their teachers. A Digital Footnote on the site will provide free access to the entire trove of 300 letters. To that end a myriad of tasks including collections management, editorial, transcription, and translation is required.

The Digital Exhibit Intern will learn the skills of archival arrangement, description following national standards, digitization following international best practices, and database management. The successful candidate will also be a part of the project team working closely with the NGX website developers and Tabata Productions creative team on this exciting project. There will be some opportunities for outreach at community festivals during the summer including Salmon Days in Steveston, the Powell Street Festival in Vancouver, and the Matsuri Festival in Burnaby.

The Digital Exhibit Intern will primarily work at the Nikkei National Museum so there will be a ready exchange of information and experience with other museum staff and the opportunity to immerse in the workings of a small, community-based, culturally significant heritage institution.

We are requesting one intern from May 28 – Sept 28st in order to meet our objectives. Work times will mainly be from 9:30am – 5:00pm Tuesday through Saturday. English fluency is required and French language skills are an asset.

The Digital Exhibit Intern must be organized and detail oriented and will perform other related duties as required. They will acquire and enhance a range of skills in communication, information management, problem solving, strategic planning, leadership skills, personal management, and collaborative environments under direction of project and museum staff. The setting will provide experience in cultural diversity, working as a team, working collaboratively with other programs and exhibitions, and the importance of preserving history for future generations.

Skills required

Student in the field of history, anthropology, museum studies, curatorial studies, or library and archival studies.

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;

• will be 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 an unemployed or underemployed college or university graduate, that is, not employed full-time;

• are a recent graduate who has graduated from college or university within the last 24 months at the start of employment;

• are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program; and

• have not previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy.

Good level of computer literacy including spreadsheets, database software, email.

Fluent in English with excellent writing skills. Advanced French language would be an asset. Drivers license not required but would be an asset.

Knowledge of Canadian History/Japanese Canadian History an asset.

Candidates will be chosen on the basis of their skill level and ability, therefore we welcome all applicants regardless of race, gender or disability.


Please forward applications with resume by email to:

Sherri Kajiwara -


We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


The Nikkei National Museum is located in the heart of Metro Vancouver, a 10 minute walk from the Edmonds Skytrain station, with easy access by public transit and car. There is free parking underground. Nearby attractions include the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, the Burnaby Village Museum, the Burnaby Art Gallery, and the Edmonds Community Centre. Metrotown Mall is 3km away and downtown Vancouver is 20km away.

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