Public Programme Practicum Student Placement
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), currently under construction in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is one of Canada’s newest national museum and the first to be built outside of the National Capital Region. An “idea museum” with a strong focus on empowering people to change thought and action to create a world in which everyone is respected and valued, is seeking talented individuals who share their passion and commitment to join their team. Help build a world class museum that will enhance the public’s understanding of human rights, promote respect for others and encourage reflection and dialogue.
Working closely with the Manager of Public Programming, the successful candidate will join the Learning & Programming team and gain practical experience in the process of Research, Planning & Development for the purpose of Public Programming geared for multiple audiences.
This 12-week placement allows for students to apply and put their ideas, knowledge, skills, and expertise into practise in a busy museum environment. The position is suitable for those interested in broadening their knowledge and skills related specifically to the various aspects of public programming in a national museum and offers experience in museum best practices and approach.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of human rights topics related directly to exhibition content that is particular to this national cultural organization. The position offers the successful candidate the unique experience of learning how best to approach the public for the purpose of public programming, to connect with the public, and broaden the overall visitor experience and awareness of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights within Canada.
Areas of Experience Offered and Duties
Research, Planning, and Strategy Development
• In support of the creation of the Public Programme Strategy:
o Compile research and resources from various special groups and develop list of potential program events related to performance, e.g. lectures, concerts, films, symposia, etc.
o Compile research report on various multiple instructional strategies
• Assist with the research and development of the Youth Volunteer Programme Strategy including policies, guidelines, and handbook
• Assist in the development of the protocol and procedures to support overall modes of for delivery of public programming (e.g. orientation, handbook, posters, etc.) in various designated spaces within the museum (i.e. classrooms, studies, theatres, and exhibit areas)
• Contact community organizations for potential collaborations and partnership opportunities in support of potential public programs and events
Reporting and Communication
• Organize and prepare, in PowerPoint presentation form, a final research report for Learning & Programming to be presented to the team based on projects and assigned tasks completed within internship period
The CMHR is seeking an individual with the following:
• Strong interest in Canadian Culture
• Understanding of basic Human Rights subject matter
• Friendly and approachable
• Punctual, reliable, and flexible
• Team mentality
• Ability to multi-task and prioritize
• Ability to engage the public
• Respect for abilities and expertise of staff members
Knowledge and Skills (Required)
• Currently enrolled in a museum studies program
• Excellent communication skills
• Excellent time management
• Strong administrative and organizational skills
• Ability to take initiative & lead
• Ability to work independently and within a team
• Strong creative skills
• Proficient in Microsoft Office and using the web
• The ability to communicate in both official languages is an asset
Benefits to You:
• Knowledge and skills gained in area of strategy development for various programs, projects, and events
• Honorarium given at the end of the placement in the amount of $500
• Professional letter of support from your manager
• Final research report for personal academic use
• Ability to list your completed placement at the CMHR on your résumé
• Potential candidate for future CMHR employment opportunities
• Positive team atmosphere
• Open concept working spaces
• Beautiful historical building in downtown sector
• Professional conduct towards staff and visitors
Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and a current resume through the museum’s Career page at www.museumforhumanrights.ca. The closing date is June 28, 2012. We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible.
Note that as this is an unpaid practicum placement, no relocation assistance will be given. Also note that this placement is not a part of the Young Canada Works Program.
The CMHR encourages diversity in all aspects of its operations. If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation in order to successfully submit an application, please contact us at infomuseumforhumanrights [dot] ca to make your accommodation request.
All applicants will receive a confirmation of the receipt of their application. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.