ACO NextGen is seeking a student with interests in art, history, architecture and conservation to join the team for the fall of 2021. The intern will assist in planning our major annual event, the Design Charrette (held Fall 2021); help us reach new members through social media and programming; and will have the opportunity to lead their own projects based on their interests.
About the organization:
ACO NextGen is a group within the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) dedicated to students and emerging professionals who share an interest in historic architecture and conservation. Since 2011, NextGen has led a series of programs and events for our members, including our annual Design Charrette and Job Shadow Program, Ontario Heritage Conference sponsorships, NextGen Awards, pub nights, building tours and lectures.
The Architectural Conservancy Ontario is a charitable organization operating through a network of autonomous local branches in communities across Ontario, linked by a coordinating office in Toronto, and governed by its Executive and Provincial Council. ACO has been involved in preserving Ontario’s architectural and environmental heritage since 1933 by helping communities and owners preserve structures of architectural merit, and places of natural beauty or interest.
Description of placement:
The intern will assist in planning our major annual event, the Design Charrette (held Fall 2021); help us reach new members through social media and programming; and will have the opportunity to lead their own projects based on their interests.
We are constantly seeking to reach more students and emerging professionals with the goal of helping them in their careers and creating interest and awareness of the importance of heritage preservation. The intern will help us reach new members through social media, programming, and will have the opportunity to create and lead their own projects based on their interests.
This is an opportunity for a student to learn about working at a non-profit, understand the main players in the heritage sector, and spend time researching, writing, and publishing about their topics of interest. The intern will report directly to the ACO NextGen Chair and work in consultation with the ACO NextGen Outreach Director, meeting regularly to discuss work.
The intern should have strong writing skills, graphic design skills (for social media), and an interest in heritage, history, or architecture. They should be able to work independently and take initiative. We are flexible in working with the interests of the intern.
- Assist with the planning and execution of NextGen’s annual event, the Design Charrette—a design competition where students are asked to imagine the future of a historic building at risk.
- Assist with online outreach and promotion using Instagram and Facebook by creating heritage-related posts, researching heritage news and job opportunities
- Research topics of choice related to architecture, art, or heritage, in consultation with ACO NextGen Executives, and submit an article to be published in the ACO magazine (Acorn) or on the ACO NextGen Blog.
- Research organizations in the heritage sector.
- Contribute findings to the TOBuilt database, if relevant.
- Other duties as assigned
Timing or hours of placement: 8-10 hours per week/12 weeks, up to a maximum of 120 hours. Flexible timing throughout the week.
This project is supported by the Learning & Education Advancement Fund at the University of Toronto