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Opportunity: Curatorial Internship at the Power Plant

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Saturday, July 11. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Reporting to the Senior Curator of Programs and the Assistant Curator of Exhibitions, Curatorial Interns provide a range of administrative and research assistance to The Power Plant's Curatorial and Programming team.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


- Filing and labeling exhibition and public programming materials
- Managing the research library
- Updating the catalogue exchange database
- Helping to coordinate the submissions review program
- Compiling exhibition checklists and didactic panels
- Assisting with artist and speaker travel, hotel arrangements and hospitality
- Securing images for publications and PR
- Helping to fulfill catalogue orders
- Assisting in compiling packages for artists, galleries, and lenders


- Researching artists, performers, film makers, and lecturers for exhibitions and programs
- Compiling exhibition reading packs and bibliographies
- Proposing themes and participants for public program events


- Preparing texts on artists, public programs and exhibitions

Public Interaction

- Assisting at exhibition openings and public programs
- Writing and leading one gallery tour of the current exhibition
- Responding to enquiries from the public

Requirements and Timeframe:
Internships are open to anyone with a serious interest in contemporary art who has completed an undergraduate degree within the visual arts, art history or humanities.

A minimum of two days per week for three months is required, during regular office hours of 9am - 5pm (or the equivalent number of hours over a shorter time period). Hours do not need to span two full days and can be spread out over the course of a week.

How to Apply for an Internship
Please send the following materials:

- CV
- letter outlining why you would like to intern at The Power Plant. 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)
- writing sample (a class essay, a published text, or an article that you intend for publication: avoid anything too personal or flowery)

Send materials to: desposito -at-

There is no strict deadline for applying for a Curatorial Internship. However, the Power Plant suggests that you contact them at least four months in advance as Curatorial Internships are competitive and are typically confirmed several months in advance.

Please direct responses to:
Daniela Esposito, Head Animatuer
The Power Plant
231 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON M5J 2G8 Canada

thepowerplant -at-

T: 1-416-973-4949

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