The Diefenbaker Canada Centre (DCC) seeks to employ a recent graduate from college or university within the past 24 months, preferably from the disciplines of History, English, Education, International or Political Studies, Museum Studies, as a Senior Docent and Exhibit Research Intern (ERI). The ideal candidate is passionate about Canadian history and is interested in pursuing a career in the cultural heritage sector.
This internship is through the Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage program.
An individual may be eligible for an internship if they:
• are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible); are legally entitled to work in Canada;
• will be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
• are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
• will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program; are an unemployed or underemployed college or university graduate, that is, not employed full-time;
• are a recent graduate who has graduated from college or university within the last 24 months at the start of employment;
• are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program; and have not previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy.
The ERI will be involved in various phases of the creation and production for a new exhibit on TRH John G. Diefenbaker. This will include finalizing research, script writing, overall exhibit design & production, as well as supporting the visitor experience through the development of connected interpretation guides & educational programming. The ERI will also be actively involved in developing an adjunct exhibit to a travelling exhibition from the Canadian Museum of History, as well as assisting with the exhibit takedown and installation process. Further, the ERI will be involved in a range of daily museum operations, in particular general gallery interpretation and educational programming.
Start Date: October 9, 2017
End Date: March 31, 2018
Hours Per Week: 35
This position requires schedule flexibility as some weekend and evening shifts are included. The ideal candidate will be passionate about history and culture and will have some general familiarity with or the willingness to work towards the following skill set:
• Synthesize recently researched material pertaining to Diefenbaker and assist the Curator and Collections Manager in the designing of a new exhibit, which will consist of both a full-scale gallery exhibit and a condensed mobile travelling display.
• Assist in the installation of a new travelling exhibit and creation of a community connected adjunct exhibit.
• Become familiar with the pertinent political, historical, and cultural themes of the DCC to conduct effective research, deliver and develop high quality interpretative tours and programs, and be able to communicate accurate information to a varied audience.
• Contribute to the final programming and planning for History Travels 2017 (community outreach activities)
• Assist in website and social media content management
• Help create marketing materials for the new exhibit and connected programming
• Assist with the overall organization of the educational programming and tour process.
• Additional job duties as assigned in the day-to-day functioning of the museum
This position requires an individual with, or the willingness to work towards, the following skill set:
• Strong research and analytical skills
• Understanding of and interest in Canadian history & the heritage sector
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Culturally sensitive and comfortable working with diverse groups
• Strong interpersonal and networking skills
• Organizational and administrative skills
• Ability to adapt to change and problem solve effectively
• Ability to show initiative and set and meet deadlines while working on multiple projects
• Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team, in both a leadership and support capacity
• A commitment to creating an exceptional visitor experience, including effective in person, phone, and email communication with diverse patrons
• Ability to utilize the knowledge and skill set of peers and to seek guidance
• Strong computer skills, including familiarity with MS office and Windows. InDesign experience is an asset
Application Deadline: Sept 28, 2017
Submit cover letter and resume with references by email to Terresa Ann Demong at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for submitting your application; candidates selected for an interview will be contacted further upon confirmation of the eligibility criteria.