Curatorial Intern - Visitor Engagement and Public Programming

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail pour une carrière vouée au patrimoine
  • Titre de l'emploi : Curatorial Intern - Visitor Engagement and Public Programming
  • Nom de l’organisme : University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Victoria, Colombie-Britannique
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2018-09-03 à 2019-02-22 (25 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 18,00 $

Curatorial Intern - Visitor Engagement and Public Programming

$18/hr, 35 hours per week; Tues to Sat, six month internship, Sept 2018 to Feb 2019. Main location of work is 630 Yates St. Downtown Victoria with occasional work on campus.


The University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries has two gallery spaces - one on campus and one in downtown Victoria. Its collection of 19,000 objects is used for research, study and teaching purposes as well as for exhibitions. Legacy hosts approximately 8-10 collaborative exhibition projects per year that bring university and community partners together to mobilize research and present exhibitions on "issues that matter."


Tasks to be undertaken:

1. Visitor Engagement program training for Testify and Our WSÁNEĆ Community including Curator’s tour for staff and formal visitor engagement program training. Delivery of program including

- strategies for meaningful engagement with visitors as they enter the gallery

- communicating key messages and inviting visitors to interact

- recording interactions

- recording attendance

- conducting visitor survey (approximately 1-3 times/shift)

2. School Tours Working with Programmer to design a school program related to one or both of our Indigenous exhibitions Testify and Our WSÁNEĆ Community:

-develop vision for the tour

-work with programmer to develop hand-on activity

-manage bookings and communication with school district teachers and UVic professors

-assist with volunteer recruitment and training

-lead or participate in tours


3. Curatorial project(s) for First Peoples House – Legacy and First Peoples House have initiated a long-term strategy for annual exhibitions at UVic’s First Peoples House to sustain collaborative way of working to keep the program flowing effectively and respectfully. These partnerships and working methods will stand the intern in good stead for future work in the museum field. The intern will assist with organizing and installing an exhibition for the Reconciliation Forum in November 2018 and will develop an art tour for forum delegates. Time permitting, the intern may undertake research for a future exhibition at the First Peoples House in consultation and collaboration with the FPH staff and the Legacy’s staff curator

- prepare installation plan for Our Relations at First Peoples House and communicate with stakeholders

- prepare artwork and labels

- work with Preparator to have works framed and transported

- assist Preparator with the installation



The intern will be a recent graduate from a related college or university program with a passion and demonstrated interest in a museum or related cultural sector career. Previous work or volunteer experience in a museum, gallery or cultural institution are considered an asset, particularly in the areas of public programming and curatorial work. A demonstrated interested in Indigenous culture is required. Basic computer literary in Microsoft Office is required. Additional advanced computer skills would be an asset including knowledge and applications of Adobe Creative Suite and wordpress.


Candidates should register on the Young Canada Works website and are asked to verify prior to the interview that they quality for the YCW program:


• be legally entitled to work in Canada;

• be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada. Note: Non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible;

• be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;

• meet the eligibility criteria of the program for which you have been approved;

• be registered in the YCW on-line candidate inventory;

• be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;

• not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with YCW.


Please send cover letter and c.v. to Caroline Riedel, Curator, UVic Legacy Art Galleries, criedel@uvic.ca


The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university



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