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Professional Experience

The F+PPCM program has created partnerships with many institutions across the globe, to offer the best experiential learning opportunities to our students.



The Summer Internship is eight to twelve weeks long and is undertaken between the first and second year of the program.

The internship provides students with their first opportunity to gain professional experience in the field, exposing them to the day-to-day operations of an institution or organization involved in the management of a program-related collection. It gives the students a chance to explore career options.

The F+PPCM program internship partners include dozen of local, national and international institutions and organizations.

FPPCM students working with photographs at a museum.

2 Birds Media, Toronto, ON

Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria 

Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX

Archive of Modern Conflict, Toronto, ON

Archives of Ontario, Toronto, ON 

Arnaud Maggs Estates, Toronto, ON 

ArQuives (formerly Canadian Gay and Lesbian Archives), Toronto, ON 

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS 

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 

Banff Centre, Banff, AB

Black Cultural Archives, London, UK 

Blue Dot Gallery, Toronto, ON 

British Library, London, UK 

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY 

California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA 

Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, QC

Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC), Toronto, ON 

Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa, ON 

Canadian Museum of History, Ottawa, ON 

Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ

Central Reference Library, Toronto, ON 

Chicago History Museum, Chicago, IL 

China Media Museum, Beijing China

Christie’s, New York, NY

Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library, Cincinnati, OH

CIRMA, Antigua, Guatemala 

City of Toronto Archives, Toronto, ON 

City of Vancouver Archives, Vancouver, BC 

Colorado Historical Society, Denver, CO 

Conservation O$ce of Leisure and Cultural Services - Hong Kong

Corkin Gallery, Toronto, ON

Curatorial Assistance, Pasadena, CA

Davidson Library UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA 

Films We Like, Toronto, ON 

Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY

Gatineau Preservation Centre, Gatineau, QC

George Eastman House, Rochester, NY 

Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Guelph University, Guelph, ON 

Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs, New York, NY

Harry Ransom Centre, Austin, TX

Heritage Professionals, Toronto ON

Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans, LA 

Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Hoboken Almanac Gallery, Hoboken, NJ 

Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto, ON

Huachen Auctions, Beijing, China

Hudson's Bay Company Archive, Winnipeg, MB

Hungarian National Museum, Budapest, Hungary 

IHLIA LGBT Heritage, Amsterdam

Image Permanence Institute, Rochester, NY 

Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN 

International Center of Photography, New York, NY

Jana Fine Arts, Toronto, ON

Kigali Memorial Centre, Kigali, Rwanda

Kodak Canada Archive at TMU Library, Toronto, ON

Lacock Abbey Estate, Wiltshire, England 

Lake County Historical Society, Crown Point, IN

Liaison of Independent Filmmakers Toronto (LIFT), Toronto, ON 

Library & Archives Canada, Gatineau Facility, QC

Library of Congress, Washington DC

Lumiere Press, Toronto, ON 

Magnum Photos, New York, NY

McCord Museum, Montreal, QC

Media Commons, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON 

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Milwaukee Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI 

Minnesota Historical Society, Saint Paul, MN 

Mira Godard Gallery; Jane Hinton Collection, Toronto, ON

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal QC

Musee D’Orsay, Paris, France

Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland

Museo di Fotografia Contemporeanea, Milan, Italy

Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, ON

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

Museum of Israel, Jerusalem

Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY

Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Museum of the City of New York, New York City, NY 

Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, NY

Musicworks Society of Ontario, Toronto, ON

National Archives of Chile, Santiago, Chile

National Archives, Kansas City, MS

National Ballet of Canada, Toronto, ON

National Film Board of Canada, Montreal, QC

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON

National Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, ON

National Library of Chile, Santiago, Chile 

National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

National Museum of Australia, Canberra, Australia 

Netherland Institute for Sound and Vision, Amsterdam 

New Museum, New York, NY

New York City Ballet Archives, New York, NY

New York Public Library, New York, NY

Newsmuseum, Washington DC

Niagara Custom Film Lab, Toronto, ON

Ontario Jewish Archives, Toronto, ON

Peabody Essex, Salem, MA

Penelope Dixon & Associates, Miami, FL and New York, NY 

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Phillips de Pury and Company, New York, NY

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

Photographic Preservation Society, Fort Worth, TX

Princeton University Art Gallery, Princeton, NJ

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Cincinnati, OH 

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON

Gallery & Research Centre, Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, ON

The Image Centre, Toronto, ON 

Toronto Metropolitan University Library Special Collections, Toronto, ON

Toronto Metropolitan University Mira Godard Study Centre, Toronto, ON

Sally Mann’s Private Residence, Lexington, VA 

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

Sarah Morthland Gallery, New York City, NY 

Schwules Museum, Berlin, Germany

Sick Kids Hospital, Toronto, ON

Société Française de Photographie, Paris, France

State Historical Museum in Moscow, Moscow, Russia

State Library of South Australia, Adeladie,South Australia

Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ON

TD Bank Photo Archives, Toronto, ON

Thai Film Archive, Bangkok, Thailand 

The Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey, England

The Historic New Orleans Collections, New Orleans, LA

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY 

The Smithsonian Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY 

The Museum of the City of New York, New York , NY

The Rooms: Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John’s, NL 

The Smithsonian - Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Washington, D.C. 

The Whakatēne Museum & Gallery, Whakatēne, New Zealand

TIFF Cinematheque, Toronto ON

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan

Toronto Dominion Bank Financial Group, Toronto, ON

University of Massachusetts Lowell- Southeast Asian Digital Archive, Lowell, MA

University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland 

University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica

Vancouver Archives, Vancouver, BC

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK 

Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY

Vtape, Toronto, ON 

Whakatane Museum, Whakatane,New Zealand 

Whyte Museum, Banff, AB

Workers Art and Heritage Centre, Hamilton, ON

York University Clara Thomas Archives, Toronto, ON

FPPCM students working with film reels.



The Residency Program is an opportunity for the second year students to spend six-months studying and working in an institution or organization that collects film and/or photographs.

During their residency, students divide their time between working for the institution on relevant tasks and completing a thesis project on objects in the institution’s collection. Residency partners include local and internationally renowned museums, libraries, and archives. 

This is a unique opportunity for students to engage with experts in their field, to build their professional network, to expand their resumés and to prepare themselves for a career.

American Genre Film Archive, Austin (US) (external link, opens in new window) 

American Institute for Conversation, Washington (US) (external link, opens in new window) 

Anthology Film Archives, New York/New York City (US) (external link) 

Archive of Modern Conflict, Toronto (CDN) (external link) 

Archives of Ontario, Toronto (CDN) (external link) 

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (CDN) (external link) 

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (US) (external link) 

Biblioteca Nacional de Chile (external link) 

British Film Institute, London (UK) (external link) 

Cambridge University Library (UK) (external link, opens in new window) 

Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal (CDN) (external link) 

Canadian Filmmaker Distribution Centre (CFMDC), Toronto (CDN) (external link) 

Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Toronto (CDN) (external link) 

Canadian War Museum, Ottawa (CDN) (external link) 

Canyon Cinema, California (US) (external link) 

Center for Creative Photography, Tucson (US) (external link) 

Cinémathèque Québécoise, Montréal (CDN) (external link) 

EYE Film museum, Amsterdam (NL) (external link) 

George Eastman House, Rochester (USA) (external link) 

GLBT Historical society, San Francisco (US) (external link) 

Harry Ransom Center, Austin (US) (external link) 

Hudson Bay Company (CDN) (external link, opens in new window) 

Harvard University Schlesinger Library, Massachusetts (US) (external link) 

Indianapolis Museum of Art Collection, Indianapolis (US) (external link) 

Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa (CDN) (external link) 

LIMA, Amsterdam (NL) (external link) 

Media Commons, University of Toronto (CDN) (external link) 

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (US) (external link) 

Multicultural History Society of Ontario, Toronto (CDN)  (external link) 

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (US) (external link) 

New York Historical Society, New York (US) (external link) 

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, New York (US) (external link) 

National Museum of American History, Washington DC (US) (external link) 

New York Public Library, New York/New York City (USA) (external link) 

National Collection of Aerial Photography, Edinburgh (UK) (external link) 

National Museum of American History, Washington DC (USA) (external link) 

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (CDN) (external link) 

RetrOntario, Toronto (CDN)  (external link) 

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (CDN) (external link) 

Royal Winter Fair, Toronto (CDN) (external link) 

Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto (CDN)

Smithsonian Institution, Washington (US) (external link) 

Swedish Film Institute, Stockholm (SE) (external link) 

The Cinematheque, Vancouver (CDN) (external link) 

The Dr. Anne Tanenbaum Gallery School, Toronto (CDN) (external link) 

The Multicultural History Society of Ontario, Toronto (CDN) (external link) 

The Tibetan Museum, Dharamshala (IN) (external link) 

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Toronto (CDN) (external link) 

University of British Columbia Chung Library, Vancouver (CDN) (external link) 

University of California at Irvine, California (US) (external link) 

University of St. Andrews, Edinburgh (UK) (external link) 

University of Toronto Faculty of Architecture, Toronto (CDN) (external link) 

Victoria and Albert Museum, London (UK) (external link) 

Western Front, Vancouver (CDN) (external link) 

Yale University Art Gallery, Connecticut (US) (external link) 

Other Partnerships

The Image Centre (IMC) offers several fellowships for research related to photography. Applications to be announced.

The Nadir Mohamed Postdoctoral Fellowship
$10,000 (for candidates holding a PhD)

The Doina Popescu Fellowship 
$5,000 (for candidates holding or working toward a PhD)

The Howard Tanenbaum Fellowship 
$2,000 (for candidates holding or working toward a Master’s)

The Elaine Ling Fellowship 
$2,000 (for candidates holding or working toward a Master’s)

Research fellows have the opportunity to study select areas of the RIC’s photography collections first-hand. These include the acclaimed Black Star Collection of photo-reportage, with over a quarter-million prints spanning the 20th century; a historic and fine art photography collection; and several archives devoted to the life and work of diverse photographers, including Werner Wolff, Wendy Snyder MacNeil, Jo Spence, and Berenice Abbott.

We also offer access to the Toronto Metropolitan University Library Archives/Special Collections, which includes additional important resources related to photography, including the archive of Kodak Canada.

Film and video “counter-archives” disrupt conventional national narratives to write difference into public accounts. Resistant and community-based, these archives counter the hegemony of traditional archival institutions that have normally neglected or marginalized women, Indigenous Peoples, the LGBT2Q+ community, and immigrant communities. But film preservation for counter-archives requires a “counter-pedagogy,” where training is paired with student-centred research and professional development. Student archival internships are a significant part of Archives | Counter-Archives, a national-scale multi-year project across Canada.

The Master’s in Film Preservation and Collections Management at Toronto Metropolitan University is a special hub of activity in this component of the project, which overall aims to enhance access for Canada’s citizens and Indigenous peoples and other communities to their own audiovisual cultural heritage. Master’s thesis projects are linked to archival partners’ case studies, which are practice-based artistic remediations tied to specific problems around audiovisual preservation and driven by community interests. Student interns are key for achieving community-based goals while building credentials for the future generation of film presentation professionals in Canada. Students are thus central to the project’s work advocating for the needs of community collections, shaped by Indigenous and other protocols around cultural property, sovereignty, and repatriation.

Archives | Counter-Archives offers paid opportunities to two or more film preservation MA students to join the project, if their thesis work overlaps with the research and mandate.

The Paris Workshop for Photography proposes an interdisciplinary, international, and inter-institutional two-week summer program for students working in the history, preservation, conservation, and care of photographic and film collections.

The Paris Workshop for Photography is a unique extra-curricular opportunity to acquaint students with major French institutions and collections including but not limited to:

  • the Bibliothèque Nationale de France
  • the Centre Pompidou
  • the Collections du Centre National du Cinéma
  • the Maison Européenne de la Photographie
  • the Musée d’Orsay
  • the Société Française de Photographie

Students will get the chance to look at collections unavailable to the general public with their curators giving behind-the-scenes access. They will be able to network with French professionals working in archives and museums and to discover Paris as a place of culture where photography and film have a long history and a vibrant contemporary life.

The Paris Workshop for Photography engages students in an international collaboration between photography and film communities in Toronto and Paris.

NOTE: The Paris Workshop for Photography is an extra-curricular option for students, organized by faculty in the F+PPCM program, but it is not for course credit. Students are responsible for any costs associated with the workshop (ie: travel, accommodation, etc).

Curator displays a small vintage photograph to workshop attendees.
Curator displays a large scale photograph in the storage archival facility.