Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada internship

The Society for the Study of Architecture (SSAC) seeks a student intern to assist with the planning, organization, and implementation of our 49th annual conference being held in Calgary, Alberta from May 31 – June 3, 2023.

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. 

About the placement:

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 successful applicant will be supervised by and work closely with the SSAC’s Vice-President of Conference and our Conference Organizers, and will learn the basics of event planning, while gaining insight into the day-to-day running of a not-for-profit organization. The intern will play a key role in shaping the conference, preparing and editing its online components, and will assist with post-conference activities.

Tasks may include:

  • Support conference organizers with event planning
  • Attend (virtually) and record minutes for all meetings of the conference organizing committee
  • Assist with communications between conference organizers, session chairs, and presenters
  • Create conference blog and email posts
  • Create promotional materials for social media
  • Prepare conference materials (programs, name tags, conference packages, etc.)
  • Assist with livestreaming of the event
  • Edit and post video recordings of conference sessions
  • Support conference organizers at the conference (subject to funding)
  • Assist with post-conference activities (budget reconciliation, post-conference meetings, etc.)

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

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


The intern must be available and ready to travel to Calgary the week of the conference. Otherwise, the work will be conducted remotely. The intern must have access to a computer and reliable internet connection. 

Timing or hours of placement: 120 hours total between May 8 through June 30. The candidate should be available for the dates of the conference. Otherwise, hours can be flexible throughout the week in discussion with the placement advisor. 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) a 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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