SAM Canada Summer Jobs Intern 2019

Communications Intern
Strategic Arts Management
Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Are you an emerging communications professional seeking an opportunity to put your skills to the test? Do you have a knack for written, verbal, and visual communications? Are you interested in Nova Scotia’s arts sector?

Strategic Arts Management (SAM) is seeking a Communications Intern for a full-time (30 hours per week), eight-week contract with an anticipated start date of Monday, May 13, 2019 and ending Friday, July 5, 2019.


About SAM

SAM is a non-profit located in Downtown Halifax serving professional artists and arts organizations across Nova Scotia through subsidized arts management supports, bookkeeping services, workshops, networking opportunities, targeted communications, and project specific program supports. Our clients include creators, producers, presenters, festivals, service organizations, educators, and arts award foundations. Since 2007, SAM has worked with almost 100 clients and to provide over 8000 hours of subsidized support. SAM’s impact can be recognized within Nova Scotia’s arts sector in such areas as day-to-day business management; board governance across arts organizations; organizational planning and future forecasting; tour readiness and tour marketing skills; and leadership skills for artistic and management professionals.


About the Job

The Communications Intern will provide administrative supports to Strategic Arts Management (SAM) and one of its clients, the Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation, through a communications-focused portfolio including but not limited to tasks such as: CRM database maintenance and management; social media coordination and content creation; communications plan implementation and benchmarking; WordPress website development; development and design of online and print communication materials; assisting in designing and implementing targeted communications campaigns; special projects, and day-to-day operations.

The Communications Intern will be required to prepare for and attend staff meetings with the Coordinator and Director, and to attend committee meetings for special projects. Experience with Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, and WordPress would be an asset to the position.

The Nova Scotia Masterworks Award Foundation administers the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award, a $25,000 award for work in creative media that bears a strong connection to Nova Scotia. The Foundation operates in both official languages and has a province-wide communications mandate. Certified bilingualism in both official languages would be an asset to the position (English and French).

The Communications Intern will be paid $12.00/hr and work from the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia offices at 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax.


How to Apply

Strategic Arts Management recognizes that diversity fosters a rich and creative environment. Hiring preference will be given to applicants from underrepresented groups including Indigenous students, students who are members of visible minorities, students who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community, students who are new immigrants/refugees, and/or students with disabilities. Members of these communities are encouraged to self-identify in their application.

This position is funded through Canada Summer Jobs and designed to provide career-related work experience. The job requires a post-secondary student in a related field of studies such as Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Graphic/Media Design, Management, Arts Management, Business Administration, or Public Administration. Related education fields will also be considered.

To be eligible for the position, applicants must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.


To be considered for this position, email your resume and cover letter by 11:59 PM, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, to

Please submit resume and cover letter as a single document (PDF preferred), and title your email “Communications Intern Application”.  OPTIONAL: Applicants are welcome to submit three (3) examples of communications materials (copy, print, graphic design, etc.)  from their portfolio with their application, but not required to do so.

Interviews will be conducted on either Thursday, May 9, 2019 OR Friday, May 10, 2019, for an anticipated position start date of Monday, May 13, 2019. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.