Education at The Works - Art Internships

 Works to Work Summer Internship

Classroom Session at The Works Office in McCauley (2016)

The Works Art & Design Festival Works to Work Program accepts applications for students looking for positions in the art and design field. Learn more about the intern experience at The Works Blog.

Deadline for applications: March 15, 2020

To Apply:

Email the following items in one PDF document to with the subject, Attn: Amber Rooke:

  • Cover letter, indicating the preferred stream

  • Resume, including phone numbers for 3 references (work experience related references)

  • Recent transcripts (unofficial is acceptable)

Applications are also accepted by mail, to 10635 95 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta, T5H 2C3


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.

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.

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

Placements available in the following 5 streams:

1. 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.

Guest Instructor, Joleen Ballendine from Rapid Fire Theatre, Classroom Session (2016)

Guest Instructor, Joleen Ballendine from Rapid Fire Theatre, Classroom Session (2016)

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

Contact Betty-Jo at (780) 426-2122 ext. 240 for more information

The Places Internship Program

The Art & Design in Public Places program offers positions ranging from three months to a full year. Open to any student or recent graduate of an arts & design education program, The Places Internships use on-the-job training, mentoring, and hands-on experience to help the intern develop critical business and arts administration skills such as: project management, administration, event management, marketing, and audience development.

 Past Places interns have worked with professional and emerging artists, designers and architects as well as government and corporate sponsors to stage permanent artworks throughout Edmonton, including graffiti murals, large-scale sculptures, interactive kinetic sculptures, mosaic murals, and sculptural banners. Participating in The Places’ collaborations between artists, community, government and corporations prepares the intern for a successful career in Canada’s thriving arts and cultural management field.