Augmented Reality (AR) Technician Internship is OPEN for applications!

**Quickdraw aims to create a safe and welcoming space for all members, and we want our interns and workshop instructors to reflect the diversity of our community. We strongly encourage Indigenous peoples, official language minorities, persons with disabilities, racialized persons and women to submit application ideas, and we are happy to support you in the development of your ideas.**

Augmented Reality Internship <– (pdf download)

Job Description:

The successful applicant will propose an augmented reality project that they will complete over the course of this paid internship. During the internship, the applicant will train under the supervision of our previous Production Director, a Quickdraw member who has experience with Augmented Reality technology. The intern will be expected to host two workshops in AR technology for our membership and their project will showcase for the first time at a Quickdraw event following the internship. The theme of the project will be left to the applicant to decide.


Internship Start Date: 02/01/2021

Internship End Date: 08/28/2021

  • Start date: February 2, 2021
  • February-April: Research & Development
    • Three days/week
      • One day training in 3D animation.
      • One day training in AR technology.
      • One day working and experimenting with the tools and techniques they’re learning.
    • Deliverables:
      • A basic understanding of the software limitations.
      • A finalized project plan.
    • May-July: Project Development and facilitation training
      • Three days/week
        • One day training and prep in teaching and facilitating workshops/courses.
        • Two days a week working on their project proposal with monthly feedback meetings.
        • Participant will receive a private studio space with all the required equipment to work in.
        • Our Production Director will act as project supervisor for the duration of project development.
      • Deliverables:
        • Finished proof of concept.
        • Development of workshop curriculum
      • August: Final Development and Presentation
        • Three days/week
          • Participant will finish final adjustments on the project.
          • Participant will lead a workshop/presentation on what they’ve learned throughout their internship in AR technology for the Quickdraw membership.
        • Deliverables:
          • Quickdraw will have an AR project to showcase at festivals like BEAKERHEAD, Spectral Illuminations, Particle & Wave, and/or the Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival (GIRAF).
          • A workshop in AR will be held for the membership to be able to utilize our AR technology.
          • The participant will be able to take this experience to future job opportunities in the augmented reality and virtual technology fields or use it to further enhance their own artistic practice.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Must be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the internship;
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada (i.e. citizen, permanent resident or refugee status);
  • Self-identify as underemployed (i.e. employed below their level of education, holding part-time employment, or in emerging fields with few jobs);
  • Have completed post-secondary studies;
  • Have no immediate family relationship with the employer.

Though not required, prior animation experience is strongly recommended.


This is a PAID opportunity. The successful applicant will receive a total of $15,828.00 for 21 hours per week over a total of 30 weeks. This works out to $22.50/hr.


Please let us know if you require any accessibility requirements. We are able to provide an ASL interpreter for the duration of the internship.

To Apply:

You’ll need your

  • Cover letter introducing yourself, your experience in art and animation, what you hope to learn from this internship and why you are interested in doing this internship.
  • Updated CV
  • A brief project outline, describing your idea


Please email all applications along with additional questions and/or concerns to Mihaela Slabé at

Deadline to Apply is Jan. 29/2021 at 5pm (MST).


 This Internship is financed through the Government of Canada and is made possible through the support of the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) and their Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) program.

 About Quickdraw:

Incorporated in 1984, the Quickdraw Animation Society (QAS) is Calgary’s home for independent animation. We promote the art of animation through courses, workshops, screenings, and production resources.


Our in-house resources include western Canada’s largest animation library, and an exciting foundation of introductory through professional-level film and digital production equipment. The Quickdraw Animation Society builds welcoming, healthy communities by fostering connection, innovation, creativity and artistic excellence through animation production, education, and appreciation.

About IMAA:

The Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) is a member-driven non-profit national organization working to advance and strengthen the media arts community in Canada.  Representing over 100 independent film, video, audio, and new media production, distribution, and exhibition organizations in all parts of the country, the IMAA serves over 16,000 independent media artists and cultural workers.

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