Contact the Canadian Automotive Museum



99 Simcoe Street South
Central Oshawa, ON, L1H 4G7

(905) 576-1222

Since 1963 the Canadian Automotive Museum has preserved and shared the history of the Canadian automotive industry.

Employment - Canadian Automotive Museum

The Canadian Automotive Museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing Canada’s automotive history.


Curatorial Intern

The Canadian Automotive Museum (CAM) seeks a Curatorial Intern to assist with the development of the John A. “Bud” McDougald collection of British and European luxury cars, planned for completion in spring 2018. The selected candidate will gain hands-on experience in exhibit planning, curatorial research, and content development. The Curatorial Intern will work directly with the museum’s curator, graphic designer, and French translator to ensure that the final exhibit meets international standards for excellence in both content and design.


Duties & Responsibilities:

• Research 17 historic automobiles and motorcycles.

• Design and produce text panels for each vehicle and concept panels introducing larger historical themes.

• Select images, obtain reproduction rights, and negotiate usage fees.

• Write and post blog entries, website content, newsletter articles, and social media updates related to exhibit content.

• Develop guided tour of the McDougald Gallery for use by the museum’s tour guides.

• Maintain collections records and project files.

• Assist with additional curatorial tasks as they arise.



• A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or refugee entitled to work in Canada.

• Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment.

• Recent graduate who has graduated from college or university within the last 24 months at the start of employment.

• Have not previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy.

• Preference given to candidates with a background in Museum Studies, Archives, Library Science or a similar field with experience working in a museum or library setting.

• Strong attention to detail.

• Reading ability of French, knowledge of Italian an asset.

• General knowledge of automobiles and European history.



• Technology: Use online graphic design programs, digitization technology, and web based media.

• Communications: Interact with others via email, phone, and in-person discussion.

• Organization: Track projects and measurable outcomes.

• Customer Service: Work with the public both in-person and virtually.


This position is funded through Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage.


Positions Available: 1

Duration: 22 weeks (October 16, 2017 – March 30, 2018), 37.5 hours/week

Salary: $14/hour

Hours: Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm


To apply, email a cover letter, resume, references, and a curatorial writing sample to by September 15, 2017.


Characteristics of City/Region:

Oshawa, Ontario has a population of 157,000 and is located 45 minutes east of Toronto. It is known as Canada’s Motor City because it is home to General Motors Canada. Formerly an industrial city, downtown Oshawa has transformed with the growing presence of University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and a renewed focus on the city’s arts and cultural resources. For more information on local cultural attractions please visit and


Page updated August 17, 2017