TO Built Internship Opportunity

The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) Toronto is looking for an intern to contribute to their TOBuilt database and to run TOBuilt’s social media.  

About the organization:

The role of the ACO Toronto has been to set the stage for conservation advocacy through public education. Our public information efforts have evolved from public events and publishing books and magazines, to development of our most significant research project to date: TO Built, a publicly accessible online database. TO Built offers a means of recording all property in Toronto, including photographs, research, drawings, and links to other, external sources of information. The database is open source and provides an opportunity for anyone with information to share it with others. We hope that consolidating community research will facilitate protection for future generations!

Description of placement:

Internship responsibilities would include photographing, researching and documenting the architecture of Toronto’s buildings. The intern would conduct research, take photographs and update TOBuilt listings in the database and then promote the work on social media (via Instagram) and engage with TOBuilt’s followers. The intern will create a social media post at minimum every second day to ensure constant engagement and growth of the brand.

This intern will work under and have weekly check-ins with ACO Toronto’s Chair. We are seeking an enthusiastic student who is willing to passionately run our social media and to get creative with engaging with our audience. Much of the day-to-day activity would largely be self-guided, so we are looking for a motivated and independent worker. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in historic architecture, heritage and urban planning to work with an established brand and obtain experience with database management and social-media marketing. 

The student intern may also have opportunities to participate in and engage with other ACO operations.

Requirements: While most of the internship would take place remotely, the ideal candidate will be based in or near Toronto in order to assist with photographing Toronto buildings.

Timing or hours of placement:

Hours per week can be flexible up to a maximum of 120 hours for 8 weeks. This opportunity can extend to two semesters up to a maximum of 240 hours for 16 weeks. (Applicants must indicate their preference in the application — changes cannot be made partway through the internship. Flexible timing throughout the week. Placement begins the week of May 9, 2022.

Credit: Half credit (0.5) or full credit (1.0). Applicants must indicate their preference in the application—changes cannot be made partway through the internship. (Half credit would run May-June, full credit would run May-August.) This internship is for course credit at the University of Toronto through the Department of Art History. This is not a paid position.

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

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