Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada internship opportunity

The Society for the Study of Architecture (SSAC) seeks a student intern to assist with activities and initiatives associated with our 50th anniversary as a society.

About the organization:

The SSAC is a learned society and registered charitable organization dedicated to the study of the Canadian built environment. It has a varied membership that includes students, historians of architecture, architects, heritage practitioners and cultural planners. Founded in 1974, it has encouraged the collection and preservation of the country’s architectural records, stimulated and supported important scholarly publication, and, through both its members and its Journal, has fostered the understanding and preservation of the built environment. 

In 2023, the SSAC will celebrate its 50th anniversary. For this special occasion, we would like to prepare a retrospective on the society’s history, its activities, and its role in the lives of its members.

About the placement:

The successful applicant will be supervised by and work closely with the President of the SSAC, and will work collaboratively with the society’s Executive Officers, Board of Directors, fellow, and members to compile and develop materials to be used in the 50th anniversary retrospective.

These materials may be distributed amongst members, included on our website, posted to our social media platforms, and there is the potential for publication in one of our various outlets, including our newsletter and/or journal.

Tasks may include:

  • Attending and participating in regular online meetings with the President of the Society.
  • Researching and preparing materials on the history of the society, its founding members, its prizes, its annual meetings, and its initiatives.
  • Interviewing founding, long-time, and new members of the SSAC.
  • Interviewing past Presidents of the SSAC, former and current board members, and society officers.
  • Interviewing winners of the Phyllis Lambert Prize and winners of the Martin Eli-Weil Prize.
  • Work collaboratively with the Officers of the Society, board members, and the 2023 conference organizer to brainstorm modes of presentation (events, publications, etc.)
  • Preparing reports, videos, podcasts, and other media to present the findings to the membership.

The successful applicant will have opportunities to network with the members of the SSAC (professors, historians, architects, planners, etc.), will gain knowledge of the daily workings of a non-profit organization, and may have the opportunity to collaborate with students from other institutions.

Additionally, the intern will receive all benefits of society membership for one year.


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 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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