Paid Internship Opportunity: TD Internships in Art Librarianship & Archive Practice, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Job Summary

Generously supported by TD, these competitive, paid internships offer study and training opportunities and work experience in the fields of:

  • Art Librarianship
  • Archive Practice

Specific Educational Requirements

Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in art history, studio, or related discipline, and must have completed the first year of a community college diploma in library or archive technology, or the first year of the master’s degree in archives, library, and information management.

Study and Training Opportunities

The Library and Archives welcomes applications from candidates interested in working in either of the two areas:

  • Library: under the supervision of the Cataloguer, the intern will gain experience in cataloguing by participating in the cataloguing of a donation to the Library and Archives, the Jacqueline Fry collection. At the same time, working with the Head of Reader Services, the intern will gain some experience in Reader Services.
  • Archives: working with the Chief, Library, Archives and Fellowship Programs, the intern will gain experience sorting, analyzing, arranging, describing and creating a finding aid for a collection of video, dvd, and audio records from Igloolik Isuma Productions fonds.

Full training will be provided for the specific project work. In addition, interns will receive a general overview of the activities of the Library and Archives, including introductions to programs in collections development, collections management, reader services, and archives management.



  • Candidates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents legally entitled to work in Canada who are enrolled in, or a graduate within the last two years of, a diploma or degree granting program
  • Please note any specific educational requirements required by the particular Area of Study, as outlined above
  • The TD Internship Program is designed to provide entrance-level professional development opportunities for students contemplating careers in the museum, library, or archives fields

Tenure and Remuneration

  • Internships normally will be for a term of 12 weeks, although the period can vary depending upon the requirements of both the candidate and the museum program involved
  • Residency must be completed during the period 1 June 2016 through 31 March 2017
  • Internships are valued at $ 7,500 for the 12 week term, and will be pro-rated in the case of approved shorter or longer periods of internship. Interns may be eligible for a discretionary $750 relocation allowance


Applications must state clearly which of the areas of study the candidate is interested in, and must include the following:

  • The proposed dates of the internship
  • A full curriculum vitae, including education, employment, awards and honours
  • Two letters of recommendation from previous or current employers and/or educational institutions, to be sent to These letters must address the candidate’s aptitudes and achievements, and assess the relevance of the internship to the candidate’s career development


Applications will be reviewed by internal committees representing the Areas of Study and consideration will be given to the relationship of the internship to the candidate’s professional development, the candidate’s academic standing, and the strength of the letters of recommendation.

A performance/progress evaluation will be provided twice during the internship: an informal exchange at the fourth week to ensure that learning and project objectives are being met and to evaluate the satisfaction of both parties; the second evaluation will be more formal and will be conducted at the end of the internship – a written evaluation of the work done and the intern’s performance will be completed by the supervisor of the internship, the intern will prepare a report to assess the success of the internship for both the National Gallery and TD.


Letters of recommendation must be received no later than June 12, 2016 and sent to Applications will be reviewed during June 2016. Notification of applicants will take place shortly thereafter.

Condition of Employment

Must meet the bilingual requirement to be invited to the interview process. Reliability Status – this factor is not used at the pre-selection stage.

Additional Information

  • A variety of assessment tools will be used to assess candidates
  • The Gallery is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environment. Alternative selection tool methods and/or reasonable accommodation are available upon request
  • Candidates are entitled to participate in the selection process in the official language of their choice


Deadline: June 12, 2016

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