Job Opening


  • An unpaid volunteer position of 120 hours over 4 months
  • 6-8 hrs/wk + increased hours during the July festival
  • Apr 8 – July 26 (16 weeks)
  • Work with the Production Coordinator
  • Report to the Community Engagement & Project Manager
Description of Organization

In 8 short years, Indian Summer Festival has become one of the city’s premiere cultural events. For two weeks, the festival hosts innovative artists, thought-leaders and visionaries of Canada, South Asia and beyond. With Nobel, Booker and Grammy prize nominees, as well as world-renowned activists, individuals come together to explore and expand our borders.

The PAUSE Pavilion is one project/site within the festival. Housing a mini-festival unto itself, this is the venue for our free programming series. The structure itself becomes a venue, a stage, a backdrop, and a canvas; showcasing visual art installations, ideas series events, performances, workshops, and long table lunches.

Description and Duties of Internship Position

Working alongside the Production Coordinator, the Production Assistant Intern will report to Community Engagement & Project Manager Laura June Albert. The position is designed for an emerging professional who wishes to gain a robust experience of what it means to work in arts production from the perspective of logistics and technical creation. This hands on-position will participate in live event management and artist hospitality to support the festival production for events and artworks in the PAUSE Pavilion venue from planning stages through to actualization.

Indian Summer Festival works with a diversity of artists, audiences, and event styles to create an atmosphere of warmth, inclusion, creativity, and curiosity. PAUSE, like Indian Summer Festival overall, is informed through solidarity and respect for the three local host Nations. For a sense of scope, see

General Duties:

The Production Assistant Intern will work with volunteer teams, artists, and staff to ensure the smooth operations for live performances and art installations including setup, showtime, and teardown. You will assist the implementation of PAUSE Pavilion events and installations as part of Indian Summer Festival’s programming, including but not limited to:

  • Furnishings and decor
  • PA and Audio
  • Food deliveries
  • Staging and tents
  • Expendable and workshop materials
  • Leave no trace / Planning to minimize impact / waste management

Pre- Production period:

Assist with preparation and organization events:
Contribute to production meetings and event planning
Hands on work: decor preparations, site viewings
Preparing event schedules and other production paperwork for distribution
Materials sourcing for events
Tracking rentals orders

Production Period:

Assist with execution of events
Load in, Load out
Assist with stage management
Work with ISF volunteers

Post Production Period:

Create reporting documents
Assist with returns and storage of properties
Assist with volunteer appreciation event
Assist with sponsorship – thank you activities


You’re a creative and motivated person who is passionate about event production. You love having new and different challenges every day, and figuring out the details of how a thing is put together. You are excited by planning and troubleshooting for a range of activities in an innovative and progressive cultural space.

Ideal candidate is:

  • Interested in the nuts and bolts aspects of producing live performances, events, and installations
  • Strong communication and problem-solving skills
  • Friendly, respectful and professional
  • Detail-oriented
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Fluent in English, multilingual a plus
  • Drivers license and access to a car an asset
  • Passionate about arts and culture in Vancouver
Schedule and/or Required Hours

6-8 hrs/wk (set weekly hours tbd)
Increased hours during the July festival: 50-60 hours between July 2-15

Start and end dates, specific scheduling

Apr 8 – July 26 (16 weeks)
Start and end dates can accommodate school schedule as needed

Application deadline: March 22 2019

Interested applicants should email a resume and cover letter to Laura June Albert at engage(at)indiansummerfest(dot)ca with the position in the title, explaining why you’re the perfect addition to our team.