Community Partners

Paid Internships

The Arts Amplifier works with community partners to create paid internship opportunities for Arts graduate students.

Working with a UBC graduate student intern can jumpstart ongoing projects or set the groundwork for a new initiative for your organization, while allowing a student to learn sector specific skills and build their knowledge base.

Our graduate student interns are skilled communicators and collaborative problem solvers, trained to understand, interpret, and share information. They bring in expertise in research, critical thinking, and creative solutions.

By partnering with the Arts Amplifier, you gain access to our network of UBC graduate students, who are available for about 250 hours of paid full- or part-time work between May 1 and August 31.

Between January and April, we work with you to understand your needs and help you to create a compelling job posting for graduate students. We take care of all recruitment-related administration. We collect and review cover letters, resumes, and any other application materials you request and send these to you so you can shortlist candidates for an interview. When you’re finished interviewing and checking references, you select the best candidate for your position. You will then mentor your graduate student as you execute your project together, while we remain available for support, both to you and the student.

Our community partners include BC-based non-governmental agencies, Indigenous communities, private sector companies, and charitable organizations.

We are currently working with MA and PhD students across all departments in the Faculty of Arts.

Some of the types of work our interns are well-suited for include:

  • Background research
  • Environmental scanning
  • Project planning
  • Data gathering
  • Literature reviews
  • Proposal development
  • Graphical information systems
  • Data analysis
  • Data visualization
  • Policy recommendations
  • Communications work
  • Instructional design
  • Training

Typical salary and benefits for a graduate student intern range between $7000 and $11,000, depending on the salary you provide for them and the number of hours of work you require. We recommend a salary between $25/hr and $32/hr, depending on equitable pay standards in your sector; ultimately, the salary you choose to pay is up to you. At $27/hr, with the addition of a 12% buffer (estimated WCB, EI, and CPP), hiring a student for 250–300 hours will cost between $7500 and $9100. 

If you’re not sure whether you can cover the cost of hiring an intern, our Grants Editor provides support on applications for a range of funding opportunities, from Federal salary matching programs like the Student Work Placement Program to grant applications for nonprofit community partners. We will identify funding sources unique to your organization’s mandate and help you develop strong applications.

In the past, we have worked with employers to put together funding applications for the Max Bell Foundation, Deux Mille Foundation, the BC Arts Council, and UBC’s Advancing Community Engaged Learning Fund. There is no charge for this service, though it is provided on a first-come, first-served basis, and in return we ask that you agree to hire your intern through the UBC Arts Amplifier.

We ask community partners to: 

  • Confirm all interviews and job offers with Arts Amplifier staff
  • Honour all offers of employment 
  • Assign a mentor, advisor, or supervisor to help the student identify internship goals and clarify their role and responsibilities 
  • Provide your intern with relevant training and opportunities to network with their co-workers 
  • Monitor your intern's progress and provide them with feedback
  • Complete one reflective activity (coming soon) with your intern

You’ll also need to hire your intern as an employee, not an independent contractor; for more information on these terms, please see the Government of BC’s Employee or Independent Contractor factsheet.

Ready to post a job? Complete our online job description form or email with your job description.

Want to talk about securing external funding to support your intern’s salary? Email with a description of your proposed work.


Are you interested in hiring a UBC Arts graduate student for a shorter-term project? Arts Amplifier staff also work with community partners to facilitate and find funding for a wide-range of work experiences for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the Faculty of Arts at UBC. These kinds of projects can take many forms, including:

  • Staging a theatrical production
  • Conducting targeted field research
  • Running a community-based arts workshop
  • Building an archive or data management system
  • Developing social media or marketing materials
  • Running a focus group
  • Delivering a webinar or training session
  • Producing a film series
  • Writing an organizational history
  • Any project that your organization currently lacks the human resources to undertake!

If you’d like to discuss hiring a UBC Arts graduate student or postdoc for a short term project, please contact us at

Not Sure How To Cover the Student’s Salary? Our Grants Editor can support you on applications for a range of funding opportunities. We will identify funding sources unique to your organization’s mandate and help you develop strong applications. There is no charge for this service, though it is provided on a first-come, first-served basis, and in return we ask that you agree to hire your intern through the UBC Arts Amplifier.

Not sure if hiring an Arts Grad Student is right for you? Connect with the UBC Community Engagement office for more support navigating the university’s network, services and resources.

Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Are you an Arts grad student or postdoc interested in establishing or growing a partnership with an off-campus employer, community organization, or not-for-profit? If so, please fill out our “Get Support” Form.


The UBC Arts Amplifier welcomes, respects, and includes people with multiple and diverse backgrounds and identities, and seeks partnerships with workplaces that empower all members of the community.