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Opportunity - Curatorial Internships, The Power Plant

Posted by April Steele • Friday, July 8. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Curatorial Internships at The Power Plant

Deadline: Ongoing

Reporting to the Curator & Head of Programs and other members of The Power Plant's Curatorial team, the Curatorial Intern provides a range of administrative and research assistance related to The Power Plant's exhibitions, publications and editions, public programs, and website.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


• Contributing to grant applications
• Preparing packages for couriers/mailing
• Processing material for the reference library
• Managing the catalogue exchange database
• Coordinating the submissions review program
• Compiling exhibition checklists and didactic panels
• Assisting with the promotion of events, publications and editions
• Assisting with artist and speaker travel, hotel arrangements and hospitality
• Assisting in compiling departure packages for artists, galleries and lenders


• Compiling exhibition reading packs and bibliographies
• Sourcing images and captions for publicity material and publications
• Researching funding sources for exhibitions, programming and publications
• Identifying publications to sell in the bookstore and include in the reading room
• Researching artists for exhibitions, participants for public programs and writers for publications

Writing and Editing

• Assisting with proof reading and copy editing
• Preparing material for the website and Facebook
• Preparing texts on artists, public programs, exhibitions, catalogues and artists' editions

Public Interaction

• Assisting at events
• Responding to enquiries from the public
• Preparing and leading a Sunday Scene gallery tour with another Intern

Requirements and Timeframe

Internships are unpaid and are open to anyone with a serious interest in contemporary art. Applicants have typically completed an undergraduate degree in the visual arts, art history or the humanities, but we consider all applications. We also encourage Interns to bring their own projects/initiatives to the table, and we strive to work with Interns' specific strengths and interests.

We require a minimum of 2 days per week for 3 months, during office hours of 9 AM – 5 PM, or the equivalent number of hours or days over a shorter period of time.

How to Apply for an Internship

Please send the following materials by email to info(at) with the subject line "Curatorial Internship."

• CV
• Letter outlining why you would like to intern at The Power Plant and your past experience in the field of contemporary art. Include details of when you would seek to start/finish and confirm your ability to meet the necessary time requirements.
• Contact information for two referees (one academic, one previous employer, if possible)
• Writing sample (a class essay, a published text or an article you intend for publication)

There is no strict deadline for applying for a Curatorial Internship. However, we suggest that you contact us at least four months in advance as they are highly competitive – typically we take on 8-10 per year and they are confirmed several months in advance.

The Power Plant
231 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
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