Curatorial Internship Program

The Curatorial Internships 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 2022.

The deadline for applications is 28 February 2022, 5pm EST (Eastern standard time).

Eligibility and terms

Students and young professionals thirty years of age or younger on 1 January 2022 are eligible to apply for the annual curatorial internships 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 CAN $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.

Application

Applications should be submitted through the CCA online application portal and consist of the two (2) following documents, in English or in French, in PDF format (5MB maximum for each file):

• A critical analysis of 750 to 1,000 words of a CCA collection object, article, event or exhibition
• A curriculum vitae detailing education, professional experience, working languages, and any other relevant information

Contact information for two academics or professionals who are familiar with the candidate and his or her work will also need to be provided.

Only applications through the CCA online application portal will be accepted. Only complete applications will be considered.

Selection

The CCA will select the interns and will notify all applicants by the end of April 2022. 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 the immigration authorities of Quebec and 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.

The diversity of our institution is at the core of our creativity and strengthens our research efforts. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from persons with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and other people of colour, of all genders, and LGBTQ+ persons. Applicants who require accommodations for any part of the application process can contact vsamson@cca.qc.ca to receive confidential assistance.

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 thirty years of age or younger 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 2022–2023 Curatorial Internships Program is 28 February 2022.

3) What if I cannot travel to Canada for my internship due to Covid-19 restrictions?

If you are unable to travel to Canada due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will offer you the possibility to pursue the internship virtually from your place of residence. If you are doing a virtual internship, we will remain flexible in terms of work schedule to accommodate time differences.

4) 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.

5) 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.

6) 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.

7) 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.

8) 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. Depending on Covid-19 restrictions and CCA’s policy, some degree of teleworking might be required.

9) 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 2022–2023 internship will be announced later.

10) 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.).

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

The CCA does not pay for moving expenses. However, 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.).

12) 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.

13) 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.

14) 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. Depending on Covid-19 restrictions and CCA’s policy, some degree of teleworking might be required. 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.

15) 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.

16) 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.

17) 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

2020–2022
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)

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) – 2-month internship

2019–2020
Laura Aparicio, Bachelor of Architecture (2015) and Art (2013), Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia
Jann Wiegand, Bachelor of Architecture, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany (2018)

2018–2019
Hannah M. Strothmann, Bachelor or Architecture, Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germanu (2018)
Keren Kuenberg, Bachelor of Architecture, Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel (2015)
Melania Grozdanoska, Bachelor of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, United States (2017)

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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