Assistant Archivist (Young Canada Works Internship)

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YCW Internship Opportunity at the University of Ottawa Archives and Special Collections

This position is made possible through the Young Canada Works Building Careers in Heritage program with support from the Canadian Council of Archives.


Located in the heart of the National Capital, the University of Ottawa is recognized as one of Canada’s leading teaching and research institutions. With 1200 regular faculty and 40,000 students enrolled in over 360 programs, the University of Ottawa offers a broad spectrum of high-quality programs in both English and French. For more information, see


The Archives and Special Collections (ARCS) unit at the University of Ottawa Library acquires, preserves, and provides access to archival documents in all formats as well as rare books and other publications that support teaching and research at the University of Ottawa.


Under the supervision of the Head of the Archives and Special Collections, the student will participate in the appraisal, arrangement and description of various fonds related to the women’s movements in Canada. Working with the digital archivist, the student will also digitize unique and rare holdings, including analog tapes and other at-risk materials, describe records and complete accurate data entry. The student will also participate in promoting the collections by preparing schedules and content for social media and other outreach platforms.

The successful candidate will gain experience working with archival material and digital collections and can learn about the day-to-day workings of an academic archive through the participation in departmental meetings and completion of archival tasks alongside professional archivists.


• Student in Information sciences, Information and Library Technologies, History, Women’s Studies or related program or field;

• Bilingual (English and French);

• Knowledge and interest in the history of women and the women’s movements in Canada;

• Knowledge of computers and software, in particular Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel;

• Knowledge and experience with archival descriptive standards and best practices;

• Detail-oriented, analytical thinking, problem-solving abilities;

• Capable of working in a team as well as in autonomy.


The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty. Accordingly, we strongly encourage applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority members (racialized persons), persons with disabilities, women, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, diverse, and inclusive communities.

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Deadline: July 8th, 2022

This is a Young Canada Works Building Careers in Heritage position which requires that the incumbent is registered with the Young Canada Works Program and meet the YCW program criteria.

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