Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada Internship Opportunity

The Society for the Study of Architecture (SSAC) seeks a student intern to help organize its first online annual conference.

Brief description of organization:

The SSAC annual conference is a dynamic forum that brings together historians, architects, professors, heritage professionals, and architectural enthusiasts to discuss all aspects of the Canadian built environment. At the conference, a wide range of topics will be explored using historical and contemporary approaches at the scale of the building, city and wider landscape.

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. 

Description of placement:

The successful applicant will be supervised by and work closely with the SSAC’s VP Conference, and will learn the basics of event planning and gain insight into the day-to-day running of a not-for-profit organization. The intern will play a key role in shaping the conference and will assist with post-conference activities.

Tasks may include:

  • Researching and/or writing and/or podcasting brief reports on buildings and/or neighbourhoods in Canada
  • Preparing and/or leading virtual tours of historic sites in Ontario
  • Writing brief book reviews
  • Preparing and conducting interviews with architects, historians, and/or conference presenters
  • Contributing to the SSAC newsletter
  • Promoting the conference on social media

The successful applicant will be invited to attend the SSAC conference and all events associated with it, where they will have the opportunity to network with professionals from a variety of architectural fields.

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

Special Requirements for a student placed in this organization: The ideal candidate would be able to dedicate a large portion of their hours (up to a maximum of 120 hours) in May, as the conference takes place at the end of May. Some tasks will require attention after the conference.

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