The CIG collaborates with various of its participating educational institutions to host undergraduate and graduate students in Athens for three-month internships throughout the academic year.


McGill University Intern

Hilary Jay
(September to December 2019)

Hilary Jay is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal where she majored in philosophy and art history. She is planning to study aesthetics at a graduate level in the future.

Over the course of her undergraduate studies Hilary took interest in courses in the classics department and developed a sense of curiosity about the ancient world. Contemporary European philosophy is often engaged with ancient texts, and Hilary is particularly interested in phenomenological approaches to art and its history. She is interested in the changes in perception over time and the necessity of approaching artworks in an open and non-prescriptive way.

While in Greece, Hilary plans to visit artistic and archaeological sites to enrich her understanding of the significant role that historical works of art and philosophy play in the contemporary world. Working at the Canadian institute will be an excellent opportunity to gain experience in this field and will help to direct the course of further studies.


Brock University Intern

Emily Jackson
(September to December 2019)

Emily Jackson is a third-year undergraduate student at Brock University, Ontario. She is majoring in Classics, specializing in the Art and Archaeology stream.

Emily first discovered an interest in Greek mythology when reading a myth about Achilles in elementary school. Since then, she has found a greater interest in ancient Greek history, art and architecture, language, and philosophy at her university. In the future she hopes to further her education and learn more about other ancient civilizations as well.

While in Greece, Emily plans to obtain a greater understanding of Greek culture (both ancient and modern). She also plans to learn more about archaeological excavations, field studies and archaeology as a profession. Of course, she hopes traveling around Greece and interning at the institute will assist with both.


Simon Fraser University Intern

Ben Nyland
(January to April 2020)

Ben Nyland is a graduate of British Columbia’s Simon Fraser University where he studied archaeology. In the future he plans to continue his studies of archaeology at a graduate level.

Through his undergraduate career Ben slowly began uncovering his interest in history and the ancient world. His interests lay primarily in the monumental architecture left from centuries of Greek life, as well as the many marine sites which inhabit the adjacent waters, and how ancient remnants interact with modern peoples of the area.

While in Greece, Ben plans to obtain a more comprehensive and immersive understanding of Greek culture both modern and otherwise. He also intends to learn more about archaeology in practice to further refine his plans for future topics of study.


University of Waterloo Intern

Mae Fernandes
(January to April 2020)

Mae Fernandes is in her third year at the University of Waterloo, majoring in Classics with a business minor. Her main area of interest is Greek philology, language and literature. Having encountered Greek drama in high school, she decided to take an introductory Greek course in her first year as a prospective history major. Through this course, Mae discovered a passion for languages that led her to pursue her interest as a major. In the future, she hopes to continue to learn how to better incorporate art history and other areas of Classical Studies in her understanding of peoples and societies through language and literature.

Through her experience at the Canadian Institute in Greece, Mae looks forward to gaining a more direct experience of Classical art and architecture outside the classroom and within a Greek culture.


York University Intern

(May to July 2020)