What is the Internship in Contemporary Arts?

The School for the Contemporary Arts is seeking to partner with arts-focused organizations who are committed to engaging and mentoring emerging artists currently studying at the undergraduate and graduate level at the School in diverse and interdisciplinary practices by offering part-time, unpaid hands-on learning opportunities.

Our students have skills in community engagement, curating, event planning, outreach, research, social media, stage management, and production, teaching, video editing, website development, writing and much more. Internships are 8-12 hours per week for a minimum of 120 hours and typically run the duration of a 4-month semester, depending on the needs of the organization and the availability of the student.  

Why work with a Contemporary Arts student intern?

  • You will gain a skilled and motivated student to support or enhance your organization’s work
  • Interns can provide support for special projects, festival, event or day-to-day operations of the organization by taking on a specific role
  • A student can bring fresh ideas, new perspectives, and knowledge of recent trends, research and technology

What is required of a Community Partner?

  • Offer an internship position that serves the needs of the organization as well as provides a rich learning experience for students
  • A willingness to assign a supervisor to work with the student to meet their learning objectives
  • Participate in a mid-way point site visit and a final evaluation of the student’s experience
  • A desire to cultivate the student’s curiosity outside the classroom


The internship is offered to students every semester: Spring (Jan-Apr), Summer (May-Aug) and Fall (Sept-Dec). Ideally, job descriptions should be posted one month prior to the start of the semester in which the internship will be offered, but community partners can post positions at any time using the self-service capabilities of MyExperience.


MyExperience is an online job board used by the SCA Internship program, the various Co-op Education Programs at SFU, and by the SFU’s Career Services program. As a Community Partner of the School for the Contemporary Arts, you are considered an “employer” on My Experience, and once registered on the system you will be able to post Contemporary Arts Internship opportunities, Co-op opportunities, calls for volunteers, and career opportunities.

A guide for employers and community partners can be found HERE.

How do I hire an Intern

  1. Contact Contemporary Arts Professional Development Coordinator to discuss the needs of your organization and potential opportunities for interns.
  2. Register your organization, collective, or studio on MyExperience.
  3. Post your position to the “Experiential Learning (Co-op)” section. When you are posting or re-posting a position, please be sure to select "Contemporary Arts Internships Only" under "Position Type," and select "School of Contemporary Arts" under "Co-op Program." Please note that our system now requires a salary value to be entered, even for our unpaid postings, in response to new provincial legislation. Until we find a better work-around for this, please enter a value of $0.01 in the salary field.
  4. Students will apply directly to you through MyExperience, and you can download their applications from there. We ask you to review applications, contact students directly to set up and conduct interviews within two weeks of the application deadline, and before the start of the semester.
  5. Once the interviews are complete, you can make an offer to your preferred candidate, and negotiate the days and hours of work directly with the student. Please inform the Professional Development Coordinator if the student accepts the offer.
  6. The Professional Development Coordinator will draw up an agreement to be signed by both you and the student.
  7. During the semester, the Coordinator will contact you for a check-in interview to ensure that the placement is going smoothly. The Coordinator will also have a separate interview with the student.
  8. At the end of the placement, we will ask you for a final report assessing the student’s work.

Participating Organizations

The SFU School of Contemporary Arts would like to recognize the following arts and cultural organizations for their generosity and commitment to offering invaluable mentorship, fostering the growth of emerging artists, and creating an engaged and supportive arts community.

Access Gallery
Arcana Studio
Art Song Lab
Arts Club Theatre Company
Arts Umbrella
Arts Vista
Audain Gallery
Axis Theatre
Ballet BC
Bard on the Beach
Burnaby Art Gallery
Graeme Berglund
Boca del Lupo
Burrard Art Foundation
Canadian Music Centre
Capture Photography Festival
Catriona Jeffries Gallery
Centre A
Justine A. Chambers
The Cinematheque
Carolyn Combs
Connekt Expo
Contemporary Art Gallery
Blake Corbet Production
Creative City Network
The Cultch
The Dance Centre
The Dance Current
Dance International Magazine
Dancing on the Edge
Decoy Magazine
Dezza Dance
Fall for Dance North
Farm Boy Fine Arts
Gateway Theatre
Indian Summer Festival
Jamie Smith Studio
Karen Jamieson Dance
Kokoro Dance
Mascall Dance
The Medici Group
Music on Main
The Only Animal
Pi Theatre
Pink Buffalo Films
Plastic Orchid Factory
Playwrights Theatre Centre
Project Limelight
Project Soul
Publication Studios Vancouver
PuSh Festival
Natalie Purschwitz
Queer Arts Festival
Raven Spirit Dance Society
Redshift Music Society
Reel 2 Reel
REEL Causes
Rennie Collection
Richmond Art Gallery
Satellite Gallery
Second Sons Production
Sepia Films
SFU Galleries
Solo Collective
Tara Cheyenne Performance
Theatre Replacement
Theatre Terriffic
Theatre Under the Stars
Touchstone Theatre
Turning Point Ensemble
Twin Engine Films
Upintheair Theatre
Vancity Office of Community Engagement
Vancouver Biennale
Vancouver International Dance Festival
Vancouver International Film Festival
Vancouver Opera
Neil Wedman
Western Front
Women in Film and Television


Community Partners