Digital Programming Intern

Supported by IMAA's Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) Program

VUCAVU.com specializes in offering online programming space for curated public screenings and we are constantly working to expand our reach by developing new partnerships. We also stream 1,500+ films and videos spanning 50+ years of Canadian moving image art for view-on-demand to the public. 

Our bilingual streaming platform, launched in 2017, is operated by the not-for-profit Coalition of Canadian Independent Media Art Distributors (CCIMAD). CCIMAD was established in 2013 by a group of independent Canadian film and video distributors to improve international accessibility to their film and video catalogues through a shared digital distribution strategy. VUCAVU works with content partners and art presenters to improve access and provide greater national and international awareness of Canadian film and video artists and their work. For curators and educators, there are an additional 3,000+ titles that are available only for research and educational purposes.
 
 
Summary of position:
VUCAVU’s Digital Programming Intern will be engaged in researching our platform, as well as other film and video programming initiatives and streaming platforms to investigate creative ways to activate our growing collection of media artworks by using dynamic formats. We want to develop creative digital solutions to increase audience accessibility and are specifically seeking support in the implementation of accessibility and audience interactivity strategies within our curated programming capabilities. We invite candidates with a broad variety of digital, data management, library sciences, curatorial and programming skills to apply.
 
  1. Research: Examine existing film and video streaming platforms and curated programming initiatives to find creative ways to activate VUCAVU’s programming pages. They will research works and artists in our shared catalogue while thinking of conceptual and digital strategies and approaches to activate the content in new ways for an online program. 
  2. Accessibility and Audience Engagement: Research digital accessibility centered approaches and tools for audience engagement.
  3. Testing + Reporting: Apply and beta test digital tools for accessibility and/or audience engagement creatively within VUCAVU’s existing programming infrastructure. Based on a combination of the findings from the above, the intern will implement the digital tools they’ve researched into an online program on the platform and create a document that explains their research findings. 
Responsibilities:
  • Conduct research within VUCAVU’s collections, including past and upcoming programming
  • Training in VUCAVU’s Content Management System (CMS)
  • Research and consultation on digital accessibility measures and tools
  • Participate in weekly Zoom meetings with the VUCAVU team
  • Assist with building curated programming pages in the CMS to learn how our infrastructure is built
  • Integrate digital accessibility and audience engagement tools into a curate program
  • Develop a road map that explains these digital tool options for programming partners
Requirements:
  • University or college education relevant to the internship goals
  • Effective communication (oral and written) and advanced research and writing skills
  • Some experience in website development, adaptive technologies, web-based learning, video-on-demand and/or interactive technology
  • Some experience with arts and culture research activities with an interest in independent film and video art, online arts programming, film/digital media production, cinema studies, visual arts and/or art history is considered an asset
  • Able to work independently and exercise good judgment, as well as be part of a team
  • Problem-solving in a remote and collaborative work environment
  • Bilingual French and English language skills an asset
  • Ability to learn and evaluate the functionality of digital tools and apply them to our CMS
  • Some experience using web content management systems, performing data entry and working with metadata considered an asset
Admission criteria for the program:
  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the internship
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada (either a citizen, permanent residents or persons with refugee status - work permits are not eligible)
  • Self-identify as underemployed (i.e. employed below their level of education, holding part-time employment, or in emerging fields with few jobs)
  • Have completed post-secondary studies (exception: interns located in Nunavut, Yukon or NWT are not required to meet this criterion)
  • Have no immediate family relationship with the employer 
Fixed terms of contract:
  • Hours worked per week: 20-25 hours/week (TBD)
  • Hourly wage: $30
  • Start date: Immediately
  • Internship end date: March 31, 2022
 
How to apply:
Please send a cover letter and CV to admin@vucavu.com with the title of the position in the subject line. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Application deadline:
October 3, 2021

 

With support from the Government of Canada.

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