Curatorial Internships

The Curatorial Internship Program is designed to share the CCA’s expertise with students and young professionals in architecture, the design disciplines, the arts, the humanities, and cultural studies who are interested in exploring editorial and curatorial work in architecture. Selected candidates will have the opportunity to become acquainted with the CCA’s curatorial approach—in particular its collection, exhibitions, editorial projects, and research programs—through a nine-month internship in Montréal beginning in the fall of each year.

The call for applications is now closed. The next call for applicants for the 2021–2022 curatorial internships will open in January 2021.

Eligibility and terms

Students and young professionals who are 30 years-old or younger as of 1 January of the year of application are eligible for the annual curatorial internship program, regardless of citizenship and place of residence. We expect interns to have completed or be enrolled in a university-level program.

The program provides a monthly stipend of CAD 2,500 over a period of nine months, calculated to defray costs of living in Montréal (subject to the income tax laws of Canada and Québec if applicable). The languages in use at the CCA are English and French. The internship is non-renewable.

Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Chief Curator, the interns will collaborate in the research for and preparation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, public programs, and communications and collection activities.

Selection

The CCA will select the interns and will notify all applicants by the end of each year. The CCA will select the candidates according to their curricula, the relevance of their critical thinking about architecture, and their intended trajectory in the fields of curating and publishing.

The internship will be effective only after the recipient has obtained all authorizations from Immigration Québec and Immigration Canada required in order to be legally entitled to conduct the internship in Canada.

For more information, please send an email to curatorialopportunities@cca.qc.ca.

This program is generously supported by the Power Corporation of Canada.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Who can apply to this internship?

We accept applications from students and young professionals in architecture, design, the arts, humanities, and cultural studies, regardless of citizenship and place of residence, as long as you are not older than 30 years-old on 1 January of the year of application. We expect interns to have completed or be enrolled in a university-level program.

2) What is the application deadline?

The deadline for applications for the 2021–2022 curatorial internship program will be announced in January 2021.

3) Is there a level of study or a diploma required? Can I apply if I have a background in a discipline other than architecture?

The internship is designed for students and young professionals in architecture, design, the arts, humanities, and cultural studies who are interested in exploring editorial and curatorial work in architecture. We expect interns to have completed or be enrolled in a university-level program. While applicants do not need to have formal training in architecture, evidence of a sustained interest in the field is preferred.

4) Are language tests or certificates required?

We do not ask applicants to pass any language tests or hold any language certifications. However, we work primarily in English and French, and expect that curatorial interns be fluent in reading, writing, and speaking in at least one of the two languages.

5) Does the CCA offer architectural training? Will I receive an educational diploma after the curatorial internship?

We do not offer professional architectural training. After finishing the curatorial internship, neither a certificate nor a diploma will be granted.

6) What is a critical analysis? Where can I find information about the CCA collection, events, exhibitions, or articles?

The critical analysis is an open prompt, such that applicants can demonstrate their interests in curatorial work, their thought processes, and give a sense of their ideas about architecture and the built environment in 750 to 1,000 words. The critical analysis must be related to our collection, one of our events, one of our exhibitions, or one of our articles.

Learn more about our collection and archival holdings, here.

Explore our past events and exhibitions here, or watch event recordings here.

Or, read our articles: here.

7) Is this a full-time internship?

Yes, interns are expected to be at the CCA Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm, for the nine-month duration of the internship, though some flexibility in scheduling will be required.

8) How long is the internship? When does it start and end?

The internship lasts nine months and usually begins in October and ends in June. Dates for the 2021–2022 internship will be announced later.

9) What is the monthly stipend and what does it cover?

The program provides interns with a monthly stipend of CAD 2,500, for nine months, which can be used to cover living costs in Montréal during the internship at the CCA (rent, food, etc.).

10) Does the CCA pay for moving expenses (plane tickets, movers, etc.)?

The program provides interns with a monthly stipend of CAD 2,500, for nine months, which can be used to cover living costs in Montréal during the internship at the CCA (rent, food, etc.).

11) Does the CCA provide accommodations?

The CCA does not provide accommodations, however, the curatorial intern may choose to allocate the monthly stipend to cover the cost of accommodations.

12) If I am selected, is it guaranteed that I will obtain a visa and/or work permit for the internship?

In all cases requiring a visa and/or a work permit, the CCA cannot guarantee that these documents will be obtained, as immigration decisions are made by Immigration Québec and Immigration Canada.

13) Can I study while being a curatorial intern?

The internship is full-time and curatorial interns are expected to be at the CCA Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm, for the nine-month duration of the internship. If the schedule permits and you are coming to Canada from abroad, consult with Immigration Québec and Immigration Canada or a local Canadian embassy to acquire the proper authorizations to study while interning.

14) Can I stay in Canada after the internship?

We cannot advise on immigration or visa matters. We will help curatorial interns acquire work permits that authorize their internship at the CCA for the nine-month duration of the internship. For any other immigration matter, consult with Immigration Québec and Immigration Canada or a local Canadian embassy.

15) Can I bring my family with me to Canada?

We cannot advise on immigration or visa matters. We will help curatorial interns acquire work permits that authorize their internship at the CCA for the nine-month duration of the internship. For any other immigration matter, consult with Immigration Québec and Immigration Canada or a local Canadian embassy.

16) Who will evaluate the applications? When will the results be announced and how many people are selected?

A selection committee will evaluate the applications according to the applicants’ curricula, the relevance of their critical thinking about architecture, and their intended trajectory in the fields of curating and publishing. Three applicants will be selected for the internship. All applicants will receive a response by the end of each year.

Recipients

2020–2021
Marie Kordovská, Master of Theory and History of Art, Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, Prague (2019), Bachelor of History of European Culture, Charles University, Prague (2016); Freelance production manager and curator; Co-founder of “Respekt Madam” initiative for the protection of post-war architecture in the Czech Republic (2015- ongoing)

Roxane Le Grelle, Master of Art History (2017) and Master of Architecture (2014), Université Libre de Bruxelles; Culture and Public Interaction Management, 51N4E, Brussels (2018-2020)

Neady Atieno Oduor, Master of Arts, Architecture, Dessau International Architecture Graduate School (2020), Bachelor of Architectural technology, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (2016)

Dina Taha, Master of Environmental Design, Yale University (2019), Bachelor of Architectural Engineering, The American University in Cairo (2015); Project Coordinator, Yale School of Architecture (2020)

2019–2020
Laura Aparicio, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia
Jann Wiegand, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany

2018–2019
Hannah M. Strothmann, University of Arts Berlin, Germany
Keren Kuenberg, Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel
Melania Grozdanoska, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, United States

2017–2018
Corinna Anderson, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, United Kingdom
Federico Ortiz, Architectural Association, London, United Kingdom
Yuma Shinohara, Columbia University, New York, United States

2016–2017
Ariana Revilla, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Ushma Thakrar, Architectural Association, London, United Kingdom
Tania Tovar Torres, Columbia University, New York, United States

2015–2016
Irene Chin, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, United States
Anna Renken, Yale University, New Haven, CT, United States
Stefan Sauter, Universidad VERITAS, San José, Costa Rica

2014–2015
Gregory W. Barton, Columbia University, New York, United States
Alice Haddad, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Josephine Minhinnett, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

2013–2014
Jayne Kelley, University of Illinois at Chicago, United States
Jesse Seegers, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, United States

2012–2013
Victoria Bugge Øye, Columbia University, New York, United States
Alexandra Courcoulas, Institute of Fine Arts, New York, United States

2011–2012
Marta Masferrer, Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona, Spain
Cerys Wilson, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom

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