Paid internships in cultural philanthropy


Deadline: coming

The Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Caisse Desjardins de la culture, HEC Montréal and the Université de Montréal Faculty of Continuing Education are continuing their partnership to promote philanthropic development in Montréal’s arts organizations and to assist in the placement of young philanthropy management professionals. The partnership was an initiative of Tangente, which has successfully tested a similar model.

The program consists of paid and supervised internships for students in HEC Montréal’s cultural organization management program and Université de Montréal’s philanthropy management certificate program. The internship can be done as part of a student’s integration project and is thus eligible for university credit.

In 2019, the program will be offered to four professional arts organizations, each of which will host an intern. The students will be supervised by a professor from HEC Montréal or Université de Montréal.

During the internship, the students and organizations will have an opportunity to receive guidance from experts or attend training courses to enhance their experience. 

The host organization will receive $7,540 to cover the student’s salary at a rate of $14.50/hour. Social security costs (16.347%) will be covered by the organization.

Organizations will also receive $1000 for hosting the intern.


The internship lasts six months (26 weeks), from January to July 2019, and must be done with a professional Montréal arts organization that is recognized by the Conseil des arts de Montréal and that demonstrates an ongoing interest in philanthropic development.

For information about admission criteria, standards, and evaluation, please see the presentation document and download the application form:


Talar Agopian
Project Manager, arts and philanthropy

Testimonials from interns and organizations

“Having an extra staff member dedicated entirely to philanthropy was a major reason why we exceeded our goals at the 2017 benefit gala and for philanthropic development at L’illusion.” - Stéphanie Baran, Development/innovation at the 2017 host organization L’Illusion, Théâtre de marionettes.

“My time at SAMS was a very enriching part of my education. I got a chance to meet highly skilled and dedicated people who contributed to my professional and personal development.” - Sophie Parenteau, student in Unversité de Montréal’s philanthropy management program and a 2018 intern for the Société pour les arts en milieux de santé (SAMS).

“Working on the database, reflecting on the development of individual giving, and raising staff awareness were major contributions. The internship gave me a chance to work in a team setting and think more deeply about philanthropy.” - Annie Ranger, development and private fundraising manager at the 2018 host organization Théâtre aux Écuries.

“I now have a better idea of how an arts organization works. Joining the team gave me a better sense of the sector and introduced me to other philanthropy development professionals.” - Carine Elkouby, student in cultural organization management and 2018 intern for Théâtre aux Écuries.