Architectural Internship Opportunity (Paid)
Deadline to apply:  October 13, 2021
Start date:  Approximately October 25, 2021
Duration:  5 months
Pay:  $25/hour
How to apply: email your CV along with a brief outline of your relevant qualifications and expertise to 
About Canada Ireland Foundation
The Canada Ireland Foundation (CIF) celebrates and commemorative the story of the Irish in Canada.   The Foundation does so by creating commemorative public spaces, organizing cultural programming, as well as engaging academics to produce unique research on the history and contribution of Irish migrants and their descendants to Canada.
About the Role
With support from the federal government's Young Canada Works (YCW) programme, the Canada Ireland Foundation is recruiting a recent graduate from an architecture or architectural history program for a paid internship position.
The intern will play a crucial role in the creation of an exhibition about the Irish influence on Toronto’s built heritage.  The waves of Irish emigration, through choice or enforced diaspora, impacted Toronto’s built landscape through architecture, engineering, craft and landscape at all social strata.   This project involves research of the architectural connections between Toronto, Dublin and Belfast culminating in a multi-media visual presentation for public display.
The ideal candidate for this project is a recent graduate of an architecture or architectural history program and has a strong understanding of Canadian architectural history. An Irish background is not required. However, an interest in cross-cultural influences on architectural, engineering and landscape design in heritage structures and spaces and the ability to read the language of the built environment is strongly encouraged.
We are seeking a candidate who can:
  • Uncover the traces of the architectural connection between Ireland (pre and post Republic) and Canada and examine how it relates to extant architecture in Dublin and Belfast.
  • Create a framework of themes within the historic context of Toronto to discuss the relationship between design and craft in Ireland and that which emerged in Toronto in the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Analyze the language of design that was inserted into or molded architecture in Toronto.
  • Examine engineering influences on industrial and commercial architecture in Toronto.
  • Correlate the design of Toronto’s landscape and public spaces to those found in Dublin and Belfast.
  • Study the extant quotidian non-architected cottages and utilitarian structures crafted by Irish workers for their own dwellings.
  • Interpret, through visual and tactile means, the universal story of architectural evolution and heritage when New Canadians brought their culture and skills to the built environment of Toronto. In this case, the Irish New Canadians.
The YCW intern candidate will be able to adapt their analysis as new research information emerges and formulate that information into a strong exhibit framework. The candidate will be able to anticipate and contribute to the visual expression of the research material for public consumption in an exhibit setting.
The remote nature of the internship will require someone with initiative who is able to plan and manage their time effectively. They will need to work independently but also be open to feedback and guidance from Foundation subject specialists and the intern's direct supervisor.  The subject of the exhibit is entirely new, making it essential that the intern be comfortable with uncertainty and exploring new avenues of research.
The Canada Ireland Foundation views diversity as the defining strength of Canadian society and a key driver in the future success of our programming. Therefore, we encourage applications from women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, newcomers, persons with disabilities, and members of diverse gender identities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.   To be eligible, the candidate must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.  Those holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status in Canada are not eligible. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will be primarily remote and therefore open to all eligible applicants across Canada.  Canada Ireland Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing an accessible recruitment process and workplace. Upon request, we will provide accommodation for candidates at any stage.
How to apply: email your CV along with a brief letter highlighting your relevant qualifications and expertise to by October 13, 2021.