Summer Students Make Valuable Contributions

Summer Students Make Valuable Contributions

Posted 3 September 2015 by Danielle Havimaki
The Canada Council's 2015 summer students: Anna Paluch, Danielle Havimaki, Jenny Laviolette and Vivien Leung The Canada Council's 2015 summer students: Anna Paluch, Danielle Havimaki, Jenny Laviolette and Vivien Leung

Back to school – It’s a time of excitement and anticipation. And at the Canada Council, it’s a time when we say farewell and a huge thank you to our talented summer students. Each year summer students bring their energy, enthusiasm and new perspectives to our offices. In turn, the Council provides them a valuable work experience in a professional (but fun!), arts-loving environment.

Danielle Havimaki interviewed her fellow summer students about the projects they worked on, what they learned over the summer, and how the experience will benefit them in the future.

Thank you – and best wishes to all our summer students for a fulfilling school year ahead!


Anna Paluch
Canada Council Art Bank

Anna Paluch. Photo: Danielle Havimaki

Anna has a BA in Art History and Theory and is working towards her
Masters in Art History at Carleton University.

This summer, I have written blog posts for the Art Bank (public outreach programs, art rental and collections), as well as set up a timetable for posting on Instagram. I also helped plan and curate the Art Bank’s Culture Days activities for September 26.

I've learned that there is always room for fun and creativity at the Art Bank, as well as a large amount of stimulation and motivation. But especially, that so many amazing artworks by Canadian artists are so well taken care of.

Working at the Art Bank has made me reconsider a few options in my future... while the academic field still remains a prominent factor, being in the presence of such amazing artwork has made me consider also a more curatorial or consultant role in my future. Most importantly, my experience at the Art Bank has enlightened me of this amazing resource that exists for renting and storing art, and for curatorial and research purposes.


Danielle Havimaki
Marketing CommunicationsDanielle Havimaki

 Danielle has a BFA in Studio Arts and Communication Studies and will be continuing her education
in Toronto in Web Design, Development and Maintenance.

I assisted the Council with various media-related projects, including writing media summaries during the announcement of the New Funding Model, re-structuring the categories and tags for the Council’s blog, and creating social media content for the Musical Instrument Bank competition. 

I was given ample amount of freedom to initiate tasks and become very much engaged within my projects, while simultaneously maintaining a sense of guidance from my supervisors. I’ve learned that a balance of both autonomy and guidance is the perfect recipe for engaging with open communication.  

This experience has enriched my background in the fine arts, by providing me a separate outlook and skill-set within the communications. Having a background in fine arts and subsequent experience in marketing communications will surely provide me with opportunities I might otherwise not have had the fortune of coming across. 


Jenny Laviolette
Reference and Documentation

Jenny Laviolette. Photo : Danielle Havimaki
 Jenny is currently completing her education in Communications and Media Studies
at the
University of Ottawa.

I’ve been scanning all of the employee pension files and making them electronic. This will allow people to safely store and retrieve their information instantaneously.

I've learned about transitioning to a more developed electronic system, as a means of becoming a paperless organization. I’ve also learned to be more independent and professional in my work.

The internship at the Canada Council will help me purse my future goals and endeavors by giving me professional experience. Being tasked with different projects has given me the ability to make decisions and take responsibility. As a student, I respect the work ethic that the Canada Council has taught me and I am eager to learn more.


Vivien Leung
Prizes Section and Canadian Commission for UNESCO

Vivien Leung. Photo : Danielle Havimaki

Vivien has a BFA in Design and is working towards a Law Degree at McGill University.

I was doing research and developing strategies to address the underrepresentation of women among candidates of the Killam Program. At the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, I promoted the visibility of women in science through the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science program.

I loved seeing the development and communication of the grant programs restructuring at Council. I better understood how organizations need to continually renew their connection and relevance to both internal and external stakeholders!

My experiences here taught me to balance research and ideation with a focus on outcomes. On the one hand, supervisors gave me incredible amounts of freedom to explore gender parity issues from different angles. However, I was also constantly reminded to go back to tangible actions that could result from the research. 

Danielle Havimaki

About the Author: Danielle Havimaki

Danielle Havimaki is a multi-disciplinary artist with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Communication Studies from the University of Ottawa. During the summer of 2015, she worked at the Canada Council as a summer intern for the Marketing Communications Department. She is currently in Toronto where she is completing her studies in Web Design, Development and Maintenance at Humber College. @havimaki

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