Community Partners must be non-profit organizations, social enterprises, or community organizations. Your organization must have the capacity to supervise and mentor an intern, and provide sufficient work for the duration of that internship. An internship must be a learning opportunity for the intern, and should include provisions for providing feedback for the professional growth of the intern.
If selected, participation in a site visit from the Program Coordinator is mandatory for your continued participation in the Arts Internship Program.
A site visit is a 45-60 minute meeting with you, the AIP program coordinator and your intern(s). The purpose of a site visit is to meet with Community Partners and student interns to review and reflect on student learning outcomes. It will be an opportunity for you to share your experiences, practices and ideas around employing and managing student workers, as well as an opportunity to address any issues or concerns.
All internships are unpaid positions. There is no application fee and no cost for you to participate! To ensure the student has a successful internship, you will need to ensure someone from your staff is available to provide training and offer ongoing support and feedback.
The Arts Internship Program requires positions to follow the guidelines of unpaid internships provided by the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE).
Previous Community Partners have had students help out in a number of areas including:
- Event planning & coordination
- Social media strategizing
- Graphic design
- Writing & editing (blogs, articles, grants)
- Survey writing
- Exhibition curation
- Office administration
- Volunteer coordination
Students must be provided with regular supervision, including opportunities for coaching and feedback on the student’s performance and regular face-to-face meetings. Supervisors must also be willing to review each student’s learning objectives and provide resources to help students meet these goals.
If selected for a site visit, internship supervisors must also arrange a time to be present with their student intern(s) for an in-person visit from the Program Coordinator.