Canadian Coalition for Cultural Heritage in Ukraine internship opportunity

The Canadian Coalition for Cultural Heritage in Ukraine (CCCHU) seeks students to support our public outreach efforts.

About the organization:

The CCCHU is a collaborative of Canadian heritage organizations working together to support Ukrainian cultural defenders in protecting their heritage during the war and immediately post-conflict. The CCCHU provides conservation expertise, emergency support, and preservation materials to Ukrainian cultural heritage organizations and practitioners, helping Ukrainians safeguard archives, artefacts, and historic sites threatened by the Russian invasion.

Cultural Heritage is fundamental to a people’s identity­—an attack on cultural heritage is an attack on a cultural group and threatens their existence. Conservation of cultural heritage is a human right under international law. The CCCHU helps Ukrainians in their fight to protect their cultural heritage, their identity, and their existence as a nation. CCCHU works directly with organizations in Ukraine. These organizations set our goals and priorities as we work together to address the evolving situation and needs on the ground.

Coalition members include: ICOMOS Canada, ICOM Canada, Canadian Archaeological Association, Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals, Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property, and Shevchenko Museum. For more information on the CCCHU and its work, visit

About the placement:

This practicum will explore the role of cultural heritage in conflict, including heritage conservation as a human right and the role of historic objects and heritage sites in politics. You will explore these issues in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as it unfolds in real-time.

Students will attend seminars with experts in cultural heritage and non-profit governance from various backgrounds, attend Coalition meetings, and produce written and visual content for the Coalition. This practicum is an opportunity to help those in need while learning about the real-world impacts of the types of objects and places studied in your university education.

You will learn about:

  • The history and heritage of Ukraine
  • The use of heritage in conflict zones
  • The international legislative context dictating heritage safeguarding
  • The current state of cultural heritage protection in Ukraine

You will develop skills such as:

  • Creating social media and broader communications plans
  • Tailoring content for different channels and platforms
  • Working with the media
  • Crafting messaging that informs, motivates and inspires

All work will be carried out 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.

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 September 5, 2022 to Dr Jessica Mace ( 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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