Success stories

Part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) collaborates with the Department of Canadian Heritage in delivering the Young Canada Works program, which offers summer jobs and internships in museums and related organizations. This program helps bolster institutional capacity and it’s an important investment in the future of the museum industry, creating development opportunities for future colleagues. These success stories help demonstrate the many positive impacts of the program – for all those involved.

If you are a YCW employer or youth participant in the program, we welcome your success stories!

Offering opportunity: Young Canada Works is a great foundation for a career in heritage

This feature in Muse Magazine (Winter 2020) checks in with Alexandra Badzak, now the Director and CEO of the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG), and more past participants of the YCW program, as well as some recent employers.

Past features

A selection of other success story features is available below (PDF download).






Are you a past participant of the YCW program who has now built a career in heritage? 

Do you represent an institution that has received excellent support from your young YCW employees? 

We’d love to hear from you! 

Please contact with your stories.