Works to Work Summer Intern

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The Works Art & Design Festival

Works to Work Summer Intern

The Works Art & Design Festival Works to Work Program in Edmonton accepts applications for students looking for positions in the art and design field.

Position Title: Works to Work Summer Intern
Wage: $17 per hour
Hours: 35 – 40 per week
Deadline for Applications: March 19, 2023 — 11pm

The Works to Work Summer Internship program begins in May and runs throughout the summer. This paid program is fast-paced and connects theoretical learning with real-world applications: participants complete 46 plus hours of in-class/ home-study instruction as well as up to 500 hours of practical work experience in delivering The Works Art & Design Festival. Participants benefit from working with experienced arts presenters and world class artists, while learning in a variety of ways that include assignment modules, research, student instruction, guest lectures, professional exposure and hands-on experience.

The program will assist interns in developing skills in the following areas: Client service, teamwork, communication of some form, leadership, technical skills.

Works to Work participants may return summer after summer to encourage ongoing skill development, progressing from assistant to coordinator to supervisor to lead supervisor levels in each department.

Placements are available in the following five streams:

  • Exhibit Production & Technology: Oversee the physical aspects of 20+ exhibits and installations including venue preparation, artwork handling, install & dismantle, construction techniques, resource management, inventories and special projects.
  • Curatorial: Administer and document festival presentations including curatorial research, registration, reporting, archiving, contracts, insurance, communications, curatorial intent, artwork handling, install & dismantle, exhibit interpretation and audience development.
  • Design: Assist with the design of The Works Art & Design Festival marketing collateral, apply festival campaign to print and web outputs including festival guide. Internship opportunities also offered in exhibition design, industrial design and related disciplines.
  • Marketing, Public Relations, Special Events: Develop and implement public and media outreach strategies, administer and deliver special events throughout the Festival season including the media launch, artist events, stage presentations and celebration events.
  • Volunteer Administration: Recruit, orient, schedule and develop event and appreciation programs for The Works volunteers. Maintain and develop relationships with volunteer organizations and community supporters. Operate volunteer headquarters during festival.


  • Eager to develop skills in one of the stream-specific areas.
  • Thrives in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
  • Interested in professional and leadership development in the arts and culture industry.
  • Legally able to work within Canada.

Who Should Apply?

  • Students and graduates of visual art and design programs, marketing, communications, public relations, and arts and cultural management programs.
  • Students in related fields (museums, theatre, heritage, recreation, etc.).
  • Emerging artists interested in building and expanding their careers.
  • Persons considering a career in arts and culture.
  • Anyone interested in learning about visual art.

Apply through our online form located on our website at with a cover letter, resume and two to three references prepared.

Contact for Questions: Autumn (it/its, mononym) at

Works to Work Paid Summer Internship | Application deadline: Sunday, March 19, 2023 | Applications for the 2023 Works to Work Summer (May to August) Internship are now open! Apply to one of five streams: Exhibition Production & Technology | Curatorial | Design | Marketing, Public Relations, Special Events | Volunteer Administration | Includes The Works logo

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