Arts Internship Office

Help the Arts Internship Office (AIO) continue delivering programs that provide research opportunities and internship experiences around the world.

  • Most leading employers and grad programs consider an internship a crucial part of a candidate’s employee’s experience.
  • Through its programs and awards, the AIO meets this need by sending over 200 students to intern in more than 34 countries each year.
  • Moreover, the AIO provides 24/7 support for students before, during, and after their internship

It’s tough being a student on the job market. It’s even tougher when you haven’t had the opportunity to gain experience in your field. That’s where the Arts Internship Office comes in.

The AIO alleviates the pressure of finding internships by making available a comprehensive database of opportunities, they pair you with an advisor and organize your training, and most importantly, they support you every step of the way.

Thousands of students have taken part in this program over the past 13 years, and with your help, we’d like to make sure these opportunities remain available to thousands more.

Last fall, the Provincial Government cut 100% of the funding for the program’s delivery costs.  Students responded by holding a referendum where they voted in favour of increasing their fees for five years to support the program. We’ve heard the students concerns! Campaign AIO is dedicated to securing an endowment to ensure the AIO’s long-term stability and the continued delivery of the Internship program.

Help us give new generations of students the opportunity to get practical experience!



Meet the Ambassadors

Our campaign ambassadors are previous interns who benefitted from the services provided by the Arts Internship Office.  Here are their stories from their experiences:

Jonathan Lopez

Shurabi Srikaruna

Felix Keser


Our campaign ambassadors team had a lot of fun trying to make a video for the campaign! We have a big fundraising party coming up as well as a bunch of hilarious challenges to help us reach our goal of 10k$ to help the AIO continue making incredible internship opportunities and funding available to all Arts students!

Meet the Project Team: 
David Searle
  • 3rd year of a Bachelors of Civil Law (BCL) and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree at McGill
  • The AIO helped me complete my dream internship at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., during my first undergraduate degree at McGill Universty (BA'11).
  • At the age of six, I knew that I wanted to be a Spanish dentist-policeman when I grew up... the AIO has since helped me look for alternative career paths.
Phoebe Warren
  • Political Science & History student
  • Ambassador for the Arts Internship Office
  • I love folk music and have taught myself to play the banjo, fiddle, and dulcimer
Jonathan Lopez Naranjo
  • Joint Honours student in International Development Studies and Political Scienc
  • I was able to intern at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Quito, Ecuador this summer
  • During my first semester at Dawson College I failed Calculus 1 with by far the lowest grade in the class. However, I still managed to graduate with Honours and get into McGill University.
Camille Chen
  • U3 student in Honours Political Science and Minor Economics degree
  • I have been a recipient of the Arts International Internship Award in 2014 and the Arts Research Internship Award (ARIA) in 2015.
  • I love to shop for Lindt chocolates when they go on sale after Easter, Valentine's Day, Christmas etc.
Isabel Engels
  • Completing a Bachelor of Arts program; double majoring in Political Science and International Development and Minoring in Management.
  • During the summer I worked for NGO called Techo/Teto, present in all 19 countries in Latin America. I was stationed in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • I am really fond of sticky stuff.
Shurabi Srikaruna
  • Currently in U3 majoring in Economics and Minoring in International Development
  • I have been involved with the AIO for 2 years now and had the opportunity to do two internships abroad
Anne Turner
  • Arts Internship Office Manager
  • Project Ambassador
  • I once drove a station wagon full of used books for a charity drive and I love to get involved in animal shelters
Antoine-Samuel Mauffette Alavo
  • Arts Internship Office Coordinator
  • Project Ambassador
  • I sang opera as a child and am also a vinyl record collector/DJ, he has over 5000LPs at home
Felix Keser
  • U4 student doing a Joint Honours in Political Science and International Development Studies 
  • Last summer I interned with IPACC (the indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee), an advocacy NGO based in Cape Town, South Africa
  • I have three nationalities and speak four languages