ACO NextGen internship opportunity

ACO NextGen is seeking one student with interests in art, history, architecture and conservation to join the team for the fall of 2022. The intern will assist in planning our major annual event, the Design Charrette (held Fall 2022), 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 ACO is a charitable organization operating through a network of autonomous local branches in communities across Ontario. 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.

About the placement:

The intern will assist in planning our major annual event, the Design Charrette (held Fall 2022); 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 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.

Programming:

  • 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.

Outreach:

  • Assist with online outreach and promotion using Instagram and Facebook by creating heritage-related posts, researching news and job opportunities.

Research:

  • 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.

Misc.

  •  Other duties as assigned
Requirements

The ideal candidate will be based in or near Toronto to assist with and attend the Design Charrette. Otherwise, meetings and work will be conducted remotely. The intern must have access to a computer and reliable internet connection. 

Timing or hours of placement: 8-10 hours per week/12 weeks, up to a maximum of 120 hours. Flexible timing throughout the week. Placement begins the week of September 12.r 12.

Credit: Half credit (0.5). This internship is for pass/fail course credit at the University of Toronto through the Department of Art History. This is not a paid position.

(Graduate students: Please note that the course code will be different for you than that shown in the application package. You are still eligible to apply.)

Interested students should send an application by August 25, 2022 to Dr Jessica Mace (jessica.mace@utoronto.ca). Applications should include a letter of interest (including any relevant coursework or experience), and a resume. Please indicate to which posting(s) you are applying. If you are interested in multiple postings, you only need to submit one application.


This project is supported by the Learning & Education Advancement Fund at the University of Toronto

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