Reuse Skillshare Intern – 2019/2020

Application deadline: August 23th, 2019

Proposed Start date: September 3rd, 2019

Required Hours: 120 hrs per semester (approx. 10 hrs per week)


Send your CV and letter of intent to Anna Timm-Bottos at reuse@concordia.ca


Are you interested in living and promoting a zero waste lifestyle? Keen to share your knowledge with others and make stuff using reusable materials? This is for you! 

Concordia University’s Centre for Creative Reuse or CUCCR, is a Concordia wide initiative that collects and diverts usable materials from the university waste-stream, making them available to the Concordia Community in one central location. By carefully sorting and displaying these previously unwanted materials we open up creative possibilities, intersections of imagination and innovation for all. 

Goal of the internship: 

As the “Reuse Skillshare” intern you will work in the depot to set up a station for making with reused materials. This will be a way to share skillshare ideas and encourage others to present their own skills. You will gain a general overview of the materials at CUCCR , have authority to pull and set things aside to create innovative ways of transforming them into useful projects. You will be assisting the Project Coordinator and Depot Assistant and collaborating to develop a workshop/skillshare team. 

 Learning objectives:

  • Develop interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Apply course content and share knowledge with others
  • Explore new making opportunities and model experimentation
  • Generate low-risk learning opportunities for our community
  • Contribute to a team
  • Promote reuse and other sustainable practices

Related Tasks:

  • Support the development of skillshares in the depot during the semester.
  • Gather materials and make. 
  • Promote, document and archive projects and skillshares for the future.
  • Help organize and lead a skillshare at the “Don’t Buy That” events hosted in November/February
  • Depot Presence – be present in the CUCCR space for 2+ additional hours per week to greet members, check in/check out, sort and display materials and/or other regular depot tasks. 
  • Sort, organize and display materials in the depot, encouraging stagnant materials to go and setting aside materials for future workshops or skillshares.

Requirements:

  • Basic understanding of making with reused materials and access to the needed tools or educational materials. 
  • Organizational skills and creative problem solving 
  • Self-starter, able to work both independently and with a team
  • Must be enrolled at Concordia as a student (undergraduate or graduate) 

Deliverables:

  • Produce or update your bio for our website.
  • Develop three to five personal learning objectives for the term
  • Spend 1-2 hrs per week on space improvement (checking in, space sorting, cleaning, rearranging.
  • Develop skillshare opportunities. Make in the space and talk to others about what you are doing, invite them to join, and support them to lead their own skillshare. 
  • Help design and transform a storage space in the back where items can be labeled and stored for future workshops or skillshares
  • Participate in a mid and an end of internship evaluation related to personal learning objectives and deliverables.
  • Final report

Reporting:

  • Metric collection:
    • Keep records on the projects, number of members engaged, material used, etc.
    • Produce a written report outlining process, challenges and notes for the future.  Please include your timesheet and any noticeable peak periods that should be accounted for.

Personal Learning Objectives and Perks :

Successful applicant will be offered individualized training and access to making space related to workshop development DIY making, and basic upcycling.  Student will receive a year membership to the Tool Library and be able to work on personal projects in the CUCCR/SHED space during open hours. Students will identify their own learning objective that is aligned with the overall CUCCR mandate and be supported to access additional resources as needed. These could include topics such as; material life cycle, circular economies, resource sharing and reuse.

Internship Schedule: CUCCR open hours are currently T, W, TH 1 – 5 pm. Schedule will be decided upon by the successful candidate and their supervisor but applicant should plan the majority of their hours during open.