Celebrating the 2019 recipients
On April 18, the Arts Internship Office celebrated 189 students who were the recipients of Arts Internship Awards.
Keiko Ivinson, 2017 ARIA Recipient
Over the course of summer 2017, I was pleased to have the opportunity to work with Professor Dietlind Stolle and Professor Elisabeth Gidengil in the comparative politics department on many interesting research endeavors. Unlike most of the ARIA recipients, my work was not focused on one single project. I researched a variety of topics ranging from populism to religious radicalization to policy feedback.
Seeds of Change
Seeds of Change's latest crowdfunding project is all about the Arts Internship Office. The project raised over $10,000 in 131 days from 150 donors.
Improving the lives of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities
"Given my work revolving around minority groups in and outside of school throughout the year, I looked for a summer internship that would compliment my work. I knew I had landed upon a new and exciting fit for me, when I fell upon, in the Arts Internship Office online database, Sapa O’Chau."
Helping develop youth programs in the Caribbean
"Throughout my childhood years in Jamaica, I was heavily involved in cultural production through the performing arts and journalism as a columnist for a youth magazine. From this background, I saw the internship as an opportunity to explore issues related to both youth and development – namely youth entrepreneurship and cultural production."
Opening a world of opportunities
“'I was itching to go to Uganda and to learn what it is to work with a small, non-profit organization,' Mazrouei-Seidani says."
Misstep turns Ugandan internship into journey of self discovery
"This sense of fulfillment carried me through many minor pitfalls that I ran into along the way that summer, as well as one major pitfall that threatened to derail my participation in the project altogether. One day, during the second of seven weeks of my internship, I was walking outside..."
McGill News, Alumni Magazine
Art history and English student Tara Allen-Flanagan uncovered some interesting details about McGill’s iconic Three Bares Fountain through work that was supported by an Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Award. (Photo: Alex Tran)
Symposium highlights undergraduate research on social equity
On Sept. 27, the Social Equity and Diversity Education Office (SEDE), in partnership with the Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Awards (ARIA) and the Science Undergraduate Research Awards (SURA), hosted a symposium for the first-ever Social Equity Undergraduate Research Awards (SEURA). The initiative was launched last year with the goal of bridging McGill’s research with the diverse work on equity in the community and resulted with five students receiving funding for projects that focus on equity, social justice and diversity. At the Symposium, award-winners had the opportunity to share some of the research.
Student Calls Cape Town Internship "Life Changing"
"My interest for the organization started when a good friend of mine described his life-changing experience with the NGO. As soon as he recounted the work and goals of IPACC as well as his life in the Mother City, I became determined to find out more and approached the Arts Internship Office, that guided me from that moment on until I stepped in a Cape-Town-bound plane in early May."
Econ Student Combines Interest in Philanthropy and Law during Kenyan Internship
"I was interested in interning with Elimu for a number of reasons, the first of which being the many ways in which it overlapped with my interests. Ever since reading Peter Singer’s Famine, Affluence, and Morality in an introductory philosophy course, I have made effective philanthropy a cornerstone of my life. Needless to say, effective philanthropy relies on research to identify the most effective causes, and in this way contributing to Professor Chemin’s research aligned nicely with my interest in the subject."
A Home Away From Home in Rural India
"We were thrilled to arrive in Tamil Nadu this May to work with AID India. AID India is an NGO focusing on improving the quality of education in rural schools, but they also have a smaller agricultural branch that works on improving farmer yield and livelihoods. For the most part, we had no idea what we were getting in to, or even what our jobs would be – just that we would be working in agriculture."
A Summer of Questions in Accra
"I am sitting in the library of the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), somewhere in one of the city’s fancier neighbourhoods. Across the room sits a TV, which, like every weekday since the start of my internship, plays the most popular show of the country at this time, of which the elderly man is but a small part."
Catherine LaRiviere, 2017 ARIA Recipient
My research project for the summer was a systematic survey of the work of Marian Dale Scott, a Montreal artist active from the 1920’s to her death in the 1990’s. My supervisor was Gwendolyn Owens, director of the McGill Visual Arts Collection, but she was initially my professor for the course ARTH420: “Museums: A Curatorial Perspective,” and it was during her class one day that she introduced us to the work of Dale Scott. I was immediately intrigued.
Internship Spurs Professional, Personal Growth
"I want to explore the intersections and processes that shaped the complication migration history of the women in my family and the inequalities that produced it. My motivation for the ‘Gender and ICT policy’ internship at WOUGNET in Kamapala, Uganda is intimately linked to this."
Putting a Roof over People's Heads
"I was Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina but lived most of my life in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I came in contact with the NGO Teto during my gap year when I was interning in Brazil. Seeing the other side of poverty was extremely enlightening and ended up giving me direction as to my fields of study at university."
Real Lessons in the Real World
"CDD-Ghana was the perfect internship for me because I learned an incredible amount about Ghanaian politics and the challenges to economic development in West Africa. The amount that I learned every day that I lived in Ghana is unparalleled to a day that I have spent anywhere else (and that even includes McGill)."
Science meets art -- on a wall in Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry
Catherine LaRivière is the Rosalind Goodman Arts Research Intern who has been putting together a history of the mural. “Marian Dale Scott was interested in themes outside the norm of the time. When her colleagues were doing landscapes she was doing work on a much larger canvas, more like what was being done in Europe and elsewhere,” says LaRivière. “She was distinctly modern in her approach.”
Around the World in 270 Internships
Six months ago, Geneviève Hill, was in the home stretch of her academic year and getting ready to work as a language lab supervisor for McGill’s School of Continuing Studies. Good for paying the bills, for sure, but perhaps not the most horizon-broadening work experience for a Political Science and International Development Studies undergrad.
However, Hill’s plans changed significantly when she won an Arts Internship that enabled her to spend the summer in Accra, Ghana.
ARIA creates compelling duets… between Arts undergrads and researchers
When Dean of Arts Christopher Manfredi established the Arts Undergraduate Research Awards (ARIA) in 2010, his goal was to enhance the undergraduate experience for his Faculty’s students. Now in its third year, and having funded some 85 opportunities for undergrads to work closely with professors, it is safe to say that ARIA has achieved that goal.