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Applications now open for National Gallery TD Internships

Every year the National Gallery in Ottawa offers TD Bank Sponsored internships in Collections Management, Archive Practices, Art Librarianship, and Education.  Each internship is 12 weeks long, and pays a $7000.00 honorarium.  If you think you might have what it takes to apply this is a tremendous opportunity to gain valuable experience!

The deadline for applications is postmarked March 30, 2012.

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

Mobile Art Museum Education

Art Librarianship and Archive Practice

Collections Management

Areas of Study


TD Internship in Mobile Art Museum Education

Specific Educational Requirements
Candidates must have completed the first year of college or university studies in museum education, art education, museum studies, web and new media, art history, education or visual arts; and they must have a particular interest in mobile approaches to art museum education.

Study and Training Opportunities

The intern will be given the opportunity to acquire valuable work experience in an art museum environment.

Candidates should submit a proposal for a specific mobile project to be undertaken by the candidate. The candidate should state the relationship of the project to his/her course of study, career aspirations, and professional development.

The objectives and duties of the internship will be determined by the Gallery and the intern, based on the proposed project and recognizing the intern’s academic background, interests and career plan.

The intern will work under the supervision of an Education and Public Programs staff member who specializes in mobile approaches to art museum education.


TD Internships in Art Librarianship and Archive Practice (2 positions)

Specific Educational Requirements
Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in art history or studio, 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 the following two areas:

Library: under the supervision of the Bibliographer and the Head of Cataloguing, the intern will participate in two projects. The first will focus on materials donated to the Library after the closure of the Dominion Gallery in Montreal, and will involve checking and adding copies to the collection in the Library catalogue database. The second will involve working on contributions to the International Bibliography of Art (IBA), the successor to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA), by selecting publications and preparing abstracts for current Canadian scholarly literature on western art.

Archives: under the supervision of the Head of Archives, Documentation and Visual Resources, the intern will participate in the project to inventory, analyze, arrange, and describe National Canada of Gallery records for past exhibitions.

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.

TD Internships in Museum Collections Management

Specific Educational Requirements

Open to second-year university and college students in art history, museum studies, visual arts, or museum technology, or to students who have completed the first year of an accelerated museum technology program.

Study and Training Opportunities

Interns will gain experience using a sophisticated automated collections management system (Mimsy XG) and will also be provided with an overall understanding of the varied operations of an active collections management department in a large art museum (art documentation, art storage, art loans management, art insurance and indemnification).

One successful candidate will provide collections documentation assistance for the following project in Art Documentation (under the supervision of the Documentation Manager, Collections Management):

Working with both the Photographs and the Prints and Drawings collections, the candidate will work on the following projects related to documentation and storage of these collections:

Prints & Drawings Collection:
This project entails the review of over 50 boxes of artwork categorized as Study or Deposit to identify, organize and document their contents.  The work will involve researching and working with the database, photographing the works for identification purposes and fully documenting any works not accessioned.

Photographs Collection:
This project entails the creation of curatorial files for a large donation and assisting with the permanent storage of this collection.

General conditions (apply to all Areas of Study)



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 in one of the two Areas of Study.

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 twelve 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 May 2012 through 30 April 2013.

Internships are valued at $7,000 for the twelve-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 $500 relocation allowance.



Applications must state clearly which of the three 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;

Candidates in the area of Mobile Art Museum Education: project proposal (see above);

Two letters of recommendation from previous or current employers and/or educational institutions, to be sent under separate cover to the National Gallery. 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 three Areas of Study and the National Gallery Human Resources department. 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.

Candidates in the area of Art Museum Education: the project proposal submitted will be judged on its intrinsic merit and on the degree to which the proposed project coincides with Gallery projects.



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 postmarked no later than 30 March 2012, and sent to:

Sandii Paquette
Human Resources Advisor
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
P.O. Box 427, Station A
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 9N4

Applications will be reviewed during April 2012.

Notification of applicants will take place shortly thereafter.