Youth internship opportunity – Young Canada Works

Position: Media Arts Projects Coordinator 

Location: anywhere in Canada

Wage: $18.25 per hour, 30 hours per week

Contract Dates: June 1 2021 to March 31 2022

About the position:

This internship will immerse you in the activities of the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) and its close partner the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition (NIMAC). Both organizations are exciting and dynamic workplaces that are currently engaged in a number of ambitious projects, which advance and strengthen the independent media arts community in Canada.

Your time will be split evenly between the two organizations. 

During your time with IMAA, you will be responsible for: 

  • Maintenance, expansion and promotion of our online resource hub IMAASource (imaa.ca/Source
  • Participating in the early planning stages of a national media arts conference in 2022

While at NIMAC, your responsibilities will include:

  • Planning and promoting a series of online conversations on subjects of importance to Indigenous media artists
  • Logistics support (liaison with members, configuring communications tools) 

Your general responsibilities at both organizations will also include:

  • Updating membership contact lists to facilitate engagement and community participation 
  • Communications-related tasks (website maintenance, contributing to monthly newsletter, social media campaigns)

Over the course of this ten-month internship, you will first receive intensive on-the-job orientation and training and then have the opportunity to participate hands-on in our organizations’ active projects. You will benefit from exposure to a very experienced and highly professional team of arts administrators, organizers, and other specialists, participating fully in our day-to-day work over the course of the internship. 

By the end of the internship period, you will have dramatically increased your understanding of the Canadian media arts sector, made concrete decisions regarding your future specialization within the field, equipped yourself with tools for seeking further employment or self-employment options, and be better positioned to pursue those options.

About you:

  • You hold a degree in arts administration, film studies, library and information science, Indigenous studies, or another field related to the position. 
  • You have a passionate interest for, and preferably also hands-on experience working in independent media arts (film, video, audio art, and/or digital art). In particular, you have an affinity with or experience in the Indigenous media arts community. 
  • You’re seeking experience in arts administration and wish to contribute to supporting the development of the independent media arts sector. You’re interested in distributing information or stimulating conversations that support independent media artists in their work. 
  • You have strong organizational skills, including proficiency with all standard digital office tools, and well-developed work practices. You are responsible, accountable, and able to work largely in a self-directed manner. You have excellent communications skills and a demonstrated ability to work well in teams.
  • You meet all the eligibility criteria for the “Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage” program (please refer to https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/young-canada-works/students-graduates/careers-heritage-graduates.html ). 
  • You should also register for the YCW program by creating an account here: https://young-canada-works.canada.ca/Account/Register

English language skills (written and spoken) are essential for this position. Written and spoken French would be considered an asset, but not a requirement of the position.  

IMAA is strongly committed to correcting historical employment inequities in the sector it serves and is working proactively to centre diversity within the organization. We welcome all applications from women, racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Accommodations will be made available to applicants with disabilities in the recruitment process. If you require accommodation, please provide details in your application – you may append your requirements to your cover letter. 

To apply: 

Please use the https://young-canada-works.canada.ca/Account/Login portal to submit your application. Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. your resumé
  2. a cover letter summarizing your interest and relevant skills and experience

Please be sure to submit BOTH a resumé AND a cover letter. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

The application deadline is Monday May 3rd 2021 at 23:59 EDT.

For more information:

About the Independent Media Arts Alliance: https://www.imaa.ca/about-us/

About the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition: http://www.nationalimac.org/ABOUT-NIMAC-1 

Image by Katie White from Pixabay 

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