The STEPS Initiative is a grassroots organization that uses art to connect people to public spaces. We bridge the gap between the cultural, social and environmental sectors by building the capacity of Torontonians to creatively transform public spaces in their communities.

In accordance with legislation around internships, placements with STEPS require the incumbent to be enrolled in an academic program through which they are earning credit for their contributions. These positions tend to be unpaid, with the exception of some summer placements for which we often provide a stipend, contingent on the incumbent meeting specific requirements.

In order to be considered for any of these positions YOU MUST complete this application form. We tend to recruit academic interns at the following times of year: August / September; December/ January and April / May. Please see the below list of opportunities for the internships we tend to host.

 

COMMUNICATIONS / MARKETING INTERN

We are looking for a Communications/PR Intern with a working knowledge of public relations and communications practices and theories, and how they relate to the nonprofit and social enterprise sectors, as well as an interest in public art, community development or city building to support a myriad of activities associated with our projects. This could include, but is not limited to supporting the:

  • develop and execute marketing communications strategies for our various programs, including service offerings of our social enterprise
  • liaise with designers and videographers to develop communications tools for attracting strategic partners, donors and suppliers
  • execute PR efforts for various public art projects taking place over the summer months
  • manage organization’s social media channels
  • coordinate organization’s newsletter content collection and dissemination
  • promote community projects and events through various communications channels
  • ensure documentation of projects and events
  • attend and represent the organization at outreach events, as appropriate.

Requirements of the Position:

  • Professional and personal interest in a related field: marketing, communications, and/or public relations
  • Some experience preparing marketing and communication tools for diverse audiences, especially for nonprofit organizations, is an asset
  • Experience and familiarity with social media networks
  • Familiarity with the format of sponsorship packages
  • A willingness and desire to work collaboratively
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Capability to analyze, synthesize and summarize material for diverse audiences
  • Motivation to work with limited supervision
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects at the same time in a fast paced environment
  • Access to a computer (ideally a laptop) with Microsoft Office; access to desktop publishing tools such as Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator is an asset.
  • Prior experience or interest in a related field: visual arts, urban planning, urban design/ architecture, art, activism/advocacy, environmental studies, etc an asset

 

DESIGN INTERN

We are looking for Graphic Design Interns with a working knowledge of desktop publishing software, as well as an interest in urban design / planning or public art to provide graphic and other design assistance for our PATCH Project, through which we install art onto development sites across the Toronto area. These projects will be produced in a collaborative setting with the rest of the Design Team. There will be the need for some work to be done independently and for firm deadlines to be met.

Design Interns will expand their portfolio by developing renderings and other visual material for clients, while bringing art to the streets of Toronto. They will be asked to commit to approx. 8-12 hours of work per week, some of which may be able to be done from home on a flexible schedule, provided that firm deadlines can be met. Applicants should be able to commit to at least 4 months with the project. It may be possible for Design Interns to utilize their experience with STEPS to fulfill academic requirements for an internship placement, and depending on eligibility criteria, incumbents may be eligible for an honorarium.

Requirements of the Position:

  • Prior education or experience in a related field: urban design/architecture, urban planning, graphic design, or visual studies,
  • Working knowledge of desktop publishing tools, e.g. Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator
  • Familiarity with the format of public resource tools, especially those geared towards youth
  • Access to a computer with desktop publishing tools, including Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator
  • A willingness to work collaboratively
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Motivation to work with little to no supervision
  • Ability to meet firm deadlines
  • Prior experience / Interest in a related field: community arts, activism/advocacy, environmental studies, social sciences, etc. an asset, but not a requirement

 

CULTURAL MANAGEMENT INTERN

We’re looking for an Cultural Management Coordinator with an interest in public space, community arts, citizen/youth empowerment, or non-profit management/ fundraising to:

  • support the development of a fundraising plan
  • support fundraising activities through researching and preparing grant proposals as well as sponsorship opportunities / materials;
  • identify and outreach to potential cross-sectoral partners;
  • implement community outreach activities;
  • assist with project planning and coordination;
  • carryout project documentation and evaluation activities; as well as,
  • support communications, marketing and reporting activities

Requirements of the Position:

  • Education / experience related to Arts Administration or Cultural Management
  • The ability to dedicate approx. 250 hours from June – August 2015 (fulfilled on a part-time basis); some of which may be able to be done on a flexible schedule and at flexible location
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Capability to analyze, synthesize and summarize material
  • Motivation to work with limited supervision
  • Ability to meet firm deadlines in a fast paced environment
  • Access to a personal computer (Mac or PC)
  • Familiarity with the Microsoft Office Suite and Google Documents
  • Prior experience or interest in a related field an asset: visual arts, urban planning, urban design/ architecture, art, activism/advocacy, environmental studies, etc an asset, but not a requirement

 

DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING INTERN

Through our PATCH Project, we collaborate with landowners and developers, as well as local artists to transform construction sites into an ongoing curated exhibition, while PATCH’s affiliated Portfolio Development Program builds the capacity of emerging artists to exhibit in the public realm.

We are looking for a motivated Development and Planning Assistant t​o build our budding social enterprise this summer. This is an exciting opportunity in a collaborative environment. To be successful in this role, you will need to be a self­-driven problem solver, a researcher and writer, who is passionate about our city.

Requirements of the Position:

  • conducting on­-the-­ground research on the impact our work on our partners, the public and local artists, as well as on related initiatives around the globe
  • producing a set of guidelines that promote a standard of practice for hoarding art;
  • building awareness among urban developers regarding best practices for hoarding art (in accordance with a new City of Toronto bylaw), as well as our unique service offerings;
  • research and outreach re: upcoming developments / prospective sales sites
  • developing partnerships with key stakeholders (esp in the Waterfront community);
  • coordinating community-­engaged public space projects and events

We’re looking for someone who is:

  • A disciplined self­-starter, who is highly motivated, with a keen interest in development and the arts.
  • A community builder or art enthusiasts, who can passionately communicate the value of public art and community projects in Toronto to diverse audiences.
  • Resourceful and independent; able to quickly assimilate to a fast­-paced environment in which a large amount of information will need to be juggled and synthesized.
  • An effective communicator, both written and oral.
  • A team player committed to strong working relationships.
  • Familiar with Windows and Google based applications.

 

COMMUNITY PROJECT INTERN

We are seeking a Community Project Assistant with an interest in community arts, citizen/youth empowerment, or public space revitalization to support a myriad of activities associated with our community-­engaged public art projects. This could include, but is not limited to:

  • outreach for identifying / developing community partnerships in the neighbourhoods in which we work;
  • supporting community outreach activities;
  • recruiting project participants;
  • liaising with collaborating artists;
  • facilitating community events;
  • supporting project management tasks;
  • as well as project documentation, evaluation and promotional activities.

Community Project Assistants will have the opportunity to refine their community outreach, partnership development, project management, and communications skills in a fast-­paced creative and active environment, where they will spend significant time outdoors connecting with people, along with the opportunity to build relations with a myriad of community and cultural agencies.

Requirements of the Position:

  • Prior education or experience in a related field: community development, project coordination, public / visual arts; youth empowerment; activism/advocacy; urban planning, etc.
  • Capability to analyze, synthesize and summarize material for diverse audiences
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks at the same time in a dynamic environment
  • Strong communication skills (both written and oral)
  • Confidence engaging with the public (particularly youth)
  • Experience working with diverse communities
  • Motivation to work with little to no supervision
  • Strong attention to detail, dependable and punctual
  • Ability to meet firm deadlines in a fast paced environment
  • An up to date “vulnerable sector screening” from the Toronto Police (or willingness to undergo one)

 

PUBLIC ART ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT INTERN

We are looking for a motivated Public Art Enterprise Development Assistant​t​o build our budding social enterprise this summer. This is an exciting opportunity in a B2B sales environment. The Associate’s main responsibility is to identify, research, and pursue new business opportunities. This position provides the opportunity for the incumbent to liaise and build relationships with some of the GTA’s most rapidly expanding markets. Individuals will be required to hit weekly and monthly targets. To be successful in this role, you need to be a presenter, a problem solver, and passionate about our city.

Your responsibility is to grow our current enterprise, and be a part of defining our next moves. You will:

  • Conduct a high level of cold calls to identify and qualify new projects
  • Develop key accounts by building and managing strategic relationships
  • Have the opportunity to grow your responsibilities, through negotiating and closing deals.

Requirements of the Position

We’re looking for someone who is:

  • A disciplined self­starter, who is highly motivated, with a keen interest in developing their sales acumen
  • A community builder or art enthusiasts, who can passionately communicate the value of public art and community projects in Toronto to diverse audiences
  • Successful at relationship building among all level executives
  • Resourceful and independent; able to quickly assimilate to a fast­-paced environment in which a large amount of information will need to be juggled and synthesized
  • An effective communicator, both written and oral
  • A team player committed to strong working relationships
  • Familiar with Windows and Google based applications
  • Experienced with using a CRM tool (Insightly, Salesforce.com, Microsoft Dynamics, etc)

 

ARTS EDUCATION EXPANSION COORDINATOR

We have recently begun adapting this program for school settings, with links to the Ontario curriculum through a “fee-for-service” model, and are currently seeking someone who is passionate about urban sustainability, arts-education and partnership development to outreach to school administrators, teachers, community groups, and facilitators, such that it can be delivered over the academic school-year.

This position is great for someone looking to build relationships within the public, Catholic and private school systems.

Deliverable Items:

  1. Development two new curricula modules, including workshop plans and Ontario curricula connections for appropriate age groups that engage with programmatic themes. This will include all of the support material and lesson plans to implement the workshop.
  2. Prepare “facilitation-ready” packages for existing programming.
  3. Expanded service delivery partner list, including contacts across public, private and Catholic schools, as well as community agencies.
  4. Expand potential financial partner / sponsor outreach list
  5. Confirmation of at least (3) new program sponsors
  6. Confirmation of at least (10) delivery partners for the 2014/2015 academic school year

Requirements of the Position:

  • Prior experience successfully developing and delivering programs of related content or for related audiences
  • Experience successfully developing relationships and securing program sponsorships / donations
  • Capability to analyze, synthesize and summarize material for diverse audiences, including the preparation of outreach / promotional materials.
  • Strong communication skills (both written and oral), especially engaging the public.
  • Experience working with children and/or youth in a leadership capacity.
  • Motivation to meet firm deadlines with little to no supervision.