Spur Festival Associate Internship Program
Application Deadline: February 17, 2014

Job Description

Spur is now inviting applications for our Festival Associate internship program, which provides an in-depth volunteer experience with Canada’s first national festival of politics, art and ideas.

Associates get a unique chance to help shape this emerging, multi-city cultural platform. They will have the opportunity to work on day-to-day festival operations and planning. We also offer specialized work experience in the area of greatest relevance to interns’ goals and skills: in particular, we can provide professional instruction and hands-on involvement in festival programming, marketing and production. (But since Spur tailors its internship offers to candidates’ particular backgrounds, work in areas such as development and design are also possible.) Associates also receive mentorship from established professionals, participate in invitation-only festival programming/events and build relationships with Spur’s community of public thinkers, creators and leaders—as well as helping shape an exciting new national undertaking.

This position is unpaid, with a default commitment of three days per week, although we can offer a degree of scheduling flexibility. The positions run from late February through May of 2014, with exact start and end dates negotiable for the right candidate.


While internship specifics vary, the following are some representative examples of Festival Associate responsibilities:

  • Participating in staff programming and logistical meetings
  • Updating content in the Spur website, social media feeds & e-newsletter
  • Assisting with promotional efforts, e.g. audience development outreach
  • Liaising with festival speakers on program and details
  • Supporting event production and execution, e.g. in ticket order coordination
  • Researching material for festival programming and speaker background packages
  • Helping sustain Spur’s partnerships with other organizations, from book publishers and NGOs to museums
  • Copyediting and/or proofreading festival content
  • Maintaining the festival’s programming and logistical schedules

The festival’s main office is in Toronto, where this internship program is based, but we also welcome interest from applicants living in other Spur 2014 cities—i.e. Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Ottawa—who would like to get involved.


No previous festival experience is required, although solid communication, collaboration and time management skills are essential. A relevant BA or college certificate is also preferred. But more importantly, ideal candidates will have a passion for politics, art and ideas, with a special interest in Canadian culture and public affairs. In addition, Spur’s increasingly broad range of activities means we’re seeking versatile applicants who’ll thrive in a fluid, fast-moving environment.

How to Apply

Interested persons may submit a résumé and cover letter to staffing@spurfestival.ca by no later than February 17, 2014, to the attention of Spur Director Helen Walsh.

Please note: while we appreciate all applicants’ interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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