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An Internship Farewell

25 Aug

Goodbyes are never easy, and this week at the Museum of Inuit Art (MIA) is no exception. The time has come for me to finish another summer of work here at the Museum of Inuit Art, and I must say, it’s just as difficult the second time.

As you can imagine, I’ve grown quite attached to the MIA. I never expected that I would get the chance to work here for two summers in a row, but I’m so grateful I did! Back in May 2014 when I started my first Young Canada Works position as Visitor Services Officer, I had a lot to learn about museum work. My knowledge has drastically increased since then, as I’ve had the opportunity to fill various roles during my time here, such as conducting a visitor evaluation, processing admissions at the front desk, giving tours and promoting MIA at local arts and culture festivals.

I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped out with all the out reach sessions we attended. It was so great to meet people who were interested in learning and sharing knowledge about art and history. It’s so inspiring to see community members giving back by lending their time and experience.

I would also like to thank all the visitors that came out to the programming – both on and offsite of the museum. It was great to put into practice what I had been developing behind the scenes. Through interactions and testing I was able to adapt some new activities and make them even better for the next group of curious museum seekers.

And last but not least I would like to thank MIA staff for welcoming me back, and for making this summer such a wonderful experience. I’ve learned even more about museum work and programming, and after venturing all over Toronto with our outreach team and special events volunteers, I’ve been able to see the museum from a different perspective. Bringing objects from MIA’s Educational Collection to Toronto Public Library branches and local events opened my eyes to the many outreach possibilities in the city, and I’m grateful to have been a part of that.

Even though I’m leaving at the end of another rewarding summer, I look forward to visiting the museum again soon – I’m especially excited for the Abraham Anghik Ruben exhibition this fall! I am so fortunate that I’ve been able to gain experience in my chosen field, and I couldn’t have asked for a better place to work. Thanks again, MIA!


Posted by Serena Y., MIA’s Community Engagement Officer

Introducing Our New Community Engagement Intern!

14 May


Hello, my name is Tom and I am the new Community Engagement Intern here at the Museum of Inuit Art! I’ve been volunteering as a docent with MIA since August 2014. As a docent, I have had many wonderful opportunities to gain community engagement experience and I’m hoping to expand on that during my internship. Aside from my public docent tours that lead visitors through popular themes in Inuit art, stylistic differences across the Canadian Arctic, and the various types of material used to create the art, I’ve also assisted with several special events – you may have seen me during March Break and Winterfest! I’ve also had the opportunity to deliver MAP Family Saturday programing where I’ve visited Toronto Public Library branches and brought out museum artifacts from the museum’s Educational Collection for Hands-On sessions, played traditional Inuit games and led art activities so visitors could bring their own piece of art back home. I’ve also been attending a Museum Management and Curatorship program at Fleming College over the course of the past year. This program helped me develop a solid foundation of knowledge upon which to build my museum experience. While the program involved all sorts of work including care of collections and exhibition development, I’ve always had a strong interest in working with the public. When I needed to seek out a placement for an Internship for the MMC program, the MIA stood out to me both due to my cherished experience with the museum as well as the fact that I knew it had a lot of community programing coming up over the spring and summer. I was very happy that the Museum was willing to host my internship, and am excited to have the opportunity to develop my skills during my time here. I am really excited to be a part of the MIA team, thanks for having me! – Posted by Tom E., MIA’s Outreach Intern

Introducing our new Collections Intern!

8 May
Hi! My name is Taylor Maunder and I am excited to be the new Collection Management Intern.


I am currently a student at Georgian College’s Museum and Gallery Studies post-graduate program. I came into this program after starting my university career at the University of Ottawa as a Science student. It wasn’t until my second year there that I found, and fell in-love with, the university’s Classical Studies program. After switching programs midway through my second year, I found a little museum associated with the school, the Museum of Classical Antiquities. As a third year student I began volunteering there and soon began to love museum work, working up with objects so often left behind glass. So I decided to pursue a career in museum work.


And so I searched for an internship position which would allow me to working with a collection of objects that I found interesting and knew little about. This, of course, led me to the Museum of Inuit Art. I will be the Collections Management Intern for the next four months where I will be working beside Lauren Williams and the other staff of MIA to gain as much knowledge as I can! I hope to be gaining knowledge on current museum practices, applying some of my schooling, and of course learning about Inuit Art, the culture and the artists.


– Posted by Taylor M., MIA’s Collections Intern

Join the Team: Internship Opportunities at MIA

18 Jan
Intern Brittany HollissFormer intern (and current staff member) Brittany Holliss on the first day of her internship. Want to follow in her footsteps?

The Museum of Inuit Art (MIA) is now accepting applications for a wide-array of internship positions that cover many aspects of our operations. If you are looking for experience within a museum setting that values cultural diversity and visitor relationships and is committed to delivering community-focused programming, we might have just the right opportunity waiting for you!

Full-Time Summer Internships

MIA’s summer internship opportunities are perfect for students and emerging professionals looking to gain practical experience in a museum setting. Each of these internships has a developed work plan which outlines projects you would be involved in from their initial development to their implementation in the museum. These positions run from May to August 2013, with a time commitment of five days a week. All shifts run from 10AM to 6PM and may include weekends and holidays.

The available positions are as follows:

MIA Collections Management Internship

MIA Educational and Public Programming Internship

MIA Communications and Marketing Internship

MIA Photography and Digitization Internship (Please note that the Photography and Digitization internship is a part-time commitment).

Deadline to apply for these internships is Sunday, March 1, 2013.

Assistant Technician, Ali, preparing drawings for hanging.

Get hands on professional experience during our exciting summer of new exhibitions and programming.

Part-Time Internships

MIA’s  part-time internships provide opportunities for individuals with specific skill sets to make a meaningful contribution to a local, community-focused museum. We are looking for individuals to start immediately and are asking for a commitment of one to two days a week. These opportunities are perfect for emerging  professionals looking to add significant projects to their portfolios!

The available positions are as follows:

MIA Technician Internship

MIA Special Events Internship

MIA Visitor Experience Accessibility internship

MIA Web Accessibility Internship

MIA Web Developer Internship

For more information about MIA and our internship program, click here.

UPDATE: If you have any questions about our internship program please email miamuseum [at] gmail [dot] com.

To apply for an internship, please email your cover letter and resume to Alysa Procida, MIA’s Associate Curator and Director of Education, at miamuseum [at] gmail [dot] com.

Posted by Lindsay Bontoft, MIA’s Volunteer Coordinator