Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE) internship

NiCHE is looking for a student with an interest in environment and history who will work with our executive and editors to help develop, enhance, and manage our website and blog during the Spring of 2023.

About the organization:

The Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE) was founded in 2007 with a mandate to help create intellectual connections and a scholarly community for students, teachers, and researchers interested in history and environment in Canada. In 2010, NiCHE created a website as its central hub of operations. Over the years, the website has expanded to include a variety of resources related to history and environment in Canada, including project pages for researchers, an open-access scholarly journal, and a popular blog called The Otter.

NiCHE is a non-profit organization led by an executive of emerging and established scholars based in North America and Europe. The Otter blog is managed by two co-editors-in-chief and an editorial collective to publish short blog posts several times per week.

About the placement:

NiCHE operations are designed to foster an intellectual community by facilitating connections between students, scholars, and teachers, as well as by mobilizing knowledge emerging from research and teaching in the environmental humanities, including art and architectural history. Working with NiCHE is an opportunity to develop contacts with an interdisciplinary network of scholars, while simultaneously learning how to manage and create web content produced by scholars for a wider public audience.

The intern will work closely with the NiCHE executive director and The Otter editors-in-chief, as well as various other project managers and editors, to update website content, help create new project pages, and contribute to the editorial process of the blog. The intern will receive guidance and training on the work required—most of which will be done using WordPress software—and should have strong writing and editing skills. 

Edit back pages of the blog

  • assist in editing older blog content to bring in line with more recent style guidelines and technical features
  • work independently to fix and eliminate errors and resolve issues

Update older resource pages the NiCHE website

  • assist in updating older website resource pages
  • work independently to fix and eliminate errors and resolve issues

Create new project pages on website

  • assist NiCHE executive members working on new pages on the website
  • create and edit content in consultation with project managers

Develop content for the NiCHE website, blog, and/or social media

  • take initiative to envision and develop a project related to environment and history, such as gallery page or blog series
  • work with social media editor to create social media content, including graphics and Instagram reels
  • work independently to coordinate content for the website

All work will be carried out remotely. The intern must have access to a computer and reliable internet connection. 

Timing or hours of placement: The placement is 12-15 hours per week for 8 weeks during the Spring 2023 semester (May-June). Flexible timing throughout the week. Placement begins the week of May 8.

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.

Interested students should send an application by April 7, 2023 to Dr Jessica Mace ( Applications should include 1) a letter of interest (including any relevant coursework or experience), 2) the bursary eligibility form, and 3) 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 has been funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Innovative Work-Integrated Learning program and CEWIL Canada’s iHUB.

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

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