2019-2020 HIS498 Interns

Erika Colby is a fourth year student currently pursuing a major in English and minors in History and Education studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga.  Her placement is with the Oakville Museum.  Her academic work concentrates on domestic and gender history, particularly in regards to North America.  Outside of school, Erika runs a variety of programs on behalf of the Town of Oakville, focusing on inclusivity and leadership skills.  She intends to pursue graduate studies in teaching and education.
Justine Lyn is a fourth year student pursuing a major in History and double minors in Functional French and Philosophy at the University of Toronto Mississauga.  Her placement is with the Royal Ontario Museum working in the South Asian Art & Culture department. Outside of school, Justine has a strong background in public history, having worked at the Museums of Mississauga and Waterloo Region Museum in Collections Management. She is currently a Historical Interpreter with the Museums of Mississauga. She intends to pursue a career in museums with a curatorial and collections focus.
Leo David Wiltshire is a fourth year student currently in the Joint History and Political Science Program at the University of Toronto Mississauga. His placement is with the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs in downtown Toronto. Outside of school, Leo David has a strong passion for international trade and sustainable development. He is currently working on a Senior Research paper focusing on Russian foreign policy in the Arctic. Leo David intends on pursuing graduate studies in Geopolitics, Territory and Security at King's College London. 
Photo of Ivan Kovacevic Ivan Z. Kovacevic is a fourth-year student pursuing a History specialist degree with minor degrees in Political Science and Diaspora and Transnational Studies. His placement is with Heritage Mississauga where he intends to study the history of the Croatian Diaspora, the Mississauga Train Derailment, the history of sport in Mississauga, and the involvement of Mississaugans in World War II. His other interests include various sports including soccer, coaching young tennis athletes, video games, history (ancient and modern) and international relations. He intends to pursue a career in the field of sports agency. 
  Caitlyn Giles Bonekamp is a fourth year student pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialist in Management and a minor in History at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Her placement is at the Oakville Museum, where she will be analyzing summer camp data as well as doing research to help with a strategy proposal for the museum. Caitlyn is also working as a teaching assistant and a research assistant this year in the Management Department. She also enjoys creative writing, such as short stories and poetry. She intends to pursue graduate school in business (management, finance or analytics) or to go on in information studies or educational administration. 
  Kayleigh Robinson is a fourth year student doing a major in History with minors in both Art History and English at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Her placement is at Museums of Mississauga, where she is assisting in finding different ways to bring the history of Mississauga and its people to the general public through creating workshops that hope to appeal to the diverse population of the city. This is focused with the Open Museums project, which brings museum artifacts to community centres and creates discussions around how objects like these are used in other cultures, asking community members to share their own stories. Outside of school she enjoys reading, watching movies, and practicing art. She hopes to continue on in her arts education by pursuing a Fine Arts Degree. 
Zachary Roberts is a fourth year History Specialist at the University of Toronto Mississauga, taking an interest in Latin American History, American cultural history and the influence of film, as well as the history of Canadian indigenous-settler relations. Zachary's placement is with the Carolyn Bennett election campaign, the liberal candidate for the Toronto, St. Paul’s riding. Should the election go in the Liberal's favor, Zachary plans to continue with this placement and transition into the Constituency office. Zachary is responsible for phone calls to prospective supporters, door to door canvasing to assess support for the candidate, occasional support for events being held by the campaign and general office administration work to help in the running of the campaign. Following this year Zachary plans to attend either York University or the University of Toronto for a master’s in history, focusing on one of his three favorite topics mentioned earlier. When he is not focusing on his schoolwork, Zachary enjoys reading, film (specifically westerns), as well as both Video Games and tabletop games.

Odalis Mairena is a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto Mississauga, specializing in History and minoring in Anthropology. Her placement is at Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA). Odalis’ work focuses on twentieth-century Latin American History. Thus, under the guidance of Senior Curator Sam Cronk, Odalis hopes to research the contributions and influence of Latin American culture in Peel Region. She intends to further her education by pursuing a Master’s degree in Information and Museum Studies at the University of Toronto. When she is not at school, Odalis volunteers at the Royal Ontario Museum sharing her passion for history. 

Stepan Popov is a third year student majoring in History and Classical Civilizations at the University of Toronto Mississauga. His placement is with the Royal Canadian Military Institute where he is heading the conservation effort of firearms on display and in storage in addition to helping with preparations for a yearly auction. Outside of school he enjoys camping, sports and video games. Stepan intends to pursue his academic interest in the firearms field.

2018-2019 HIS498 Interns

Shawna Quigley is a fourth-year student pursuing a double major in history and English at UofT. Her placement is with the Royal Ontario Museum. She is particularly interested in researching gender, medical history, and literature in the Medieval period and early Canada. Outside of school, she volunteers at the Aga Khan Museum, enjoys drawing, and frequently goes to concerts and Broadway shows.  She intends on going to grad school for Medieval studies.


Cansu Aydemir is a 4th year student in University of Toronto Mississauga, specializing in History, and minoring in Diaspora and Transnational Studies. Due to her background and interest in journalism, she is interning at UofT News this year. During her internship, she will be writing on student life in University of Toronto. In her spare time, she likes to read, wander around in downtown Toronto and discover new places.

Nico Mara-McKay is a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto completing a double major in History and Art History, with a minor in the History of Religions. Nico's research interests are the medieval and early modern periods, with a focus on queer identities. They are interning at the ArQuive in Toronto.

Andrew Boogaard is a fourth-year student at UofT, completing his Bachelor of Arts in a Combined Specialist Program for Political Science & History. His placement is with the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs Ontario, where he spends his time on the ninth floor, reviewing the land claims assessments related to evaluating the historical aspects of submissions made by First Nations in Ontario. Andrew intends to continue his education through pursuing a Juris Doctorate at Law School, come graduation.


Hammad Junejo is a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto, Specializing in History and Minoring in Classical Civilizations. His placement is at the Royal Canadian Military Institute. He is most interested in the Military and Political History of the Second World War and the Cold War. Beyond that, he is also interested in Ancient Greek and Roman History. In his spare time, he practices playing the guitar, playing video games and watching TV shows. He intends to go on to complete his Masters and PhD.


Matthew Halsall is a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto Mississauga with a Major in Criminology and minors in Political Science and History. He has a particular interest in 20th century European and American History. Beyond that, Matthew enjoys visiting his sister in Ottowa and playing golf with his grandparents. This year Matthew will be interning at the Holocaust Education Center. 



Angelo Gambatesa is a fourth year student at UTM, enrolled in a History & English double major. His internship placement is in the Public Programming and Learning department at the Art Gallery of Ontario, wherein which he is utilizing his background in historical studies in the undertaking of myriad tasks pertinent to the further development of the department's many goals; ultimately toward a more comprehensive, enriched experience for the AGO's many patrons by way of education. 

Jacob Skilich is a fourth year student at the University of Toronto Mississauga. His programs are a major in history, a minor in political science, and a philosophy minor in ethics and the law in society. Currently, Jacob is participating in an internship at the Multicultural History Society of Ontario. His main task for the duration  of the course is to transcribe interviews of immigrants to Canada from the last half century.  Jacob’s future educational endeavours include going to grad school for a Masters degree in either history, politics or information. The final goal is to achieve a degree in law. 


2016-2017 HIS498 Interns

Selina Azizi is a 4th year student, specializing in history and political science, and minoring in French and Canadian studies. This year, she has been given the opportunity to intern at the McDermid Agency. In relation to one of the agency’s upcoming projects, Dr. Danielle Martin’s “Better Now”, Selina will look at the history of publishing books about Canadian health care, combining her interests in public policy, Canadian history, and the publishing world. In her spare time, you will probably find Selina with a coffee in hand, reading, trying new foods, and exploring new places.
Lucas Braszak is a 4th year undergraduate pursuing a History major alongside a double minor in Anthropology and Philosophy. This year, he will be interning at Heritage Mississauga. He will be assisting in the research of the Riel Rebellions of 1870 and 1885, in the hopes of finding any traces where a local Mississaugan had volunteered to serve in the conflict. In addition, he will also help produce articles for the general public that will explain the conflict and the city's ties to these events. When he is not doing intern work, you can find him either reading a book or enjoying a good show.  
  Nate Chomitz is a 4th year student pursuing a double major in History and Classics. Nate will be interning at the Oakville Museum in the fall and the Royal Ontario Museum in the spring. In the Fall, Nate will aid in research for the four sesquicentennial exhibits hosted at Erchless House (1), Sixteen Mile Sports Complex (1), and the Queen Elizabeth Park Community Centre (2). In the Spring Nate will be helping catalog and preserve various projects to be updated later. When not digging through artifacts in cotton gloves Nate can often be found biking around Mississauga or deep in a science fiction book or TV show.
Henna Chopra is a 4th year undergraduate student at University of Toronto Mississauga, majoring in History and Philosophy. She is interning at Heritage Toronto this year, researching and writing a seven-stop walking tour on history of George Brown. When she is not at Heritage Toronto or studying, she can be found reading or spending time with her cat. 
Jack Comerford is a 4th year student at the University of Toronto Mississauga.  He is a Theatre and Drama Studies Specialist as minoring in both English and History.  He is interning at the Toronto Ward Museum as a programming assistant with the goal of helping the Ward Museum in producing their first theate event.  In his spare time, he is likely in rehearsal, or playing an instrument poorly, or drinking a coffee.  Maybe all of the above.

Hilary Dow is a 4th year student at University of Toronto Missisauga, Specializing in Studio Art and Art History and majoring in History. Hilary is delighted to be interning with the Artist Suzy Lake this year. She will be assisting Lake with updating her Inventory(a catalogue of her works), as well as working with archivists and curators that have worked with Lake  and hold her papers at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Hilary may also be doing some work for Lake's Scotiabank Photography Prize exhibition that will be taking place at the RIC this April. Hilary has become increasingly interested in the art and history of non-western cultures and museology, and how art intersects with politics and enters public knowledge through that relationship. Some of her research interests include but are not limited to: Indigenous and Aboriginal History and Art in Canada, African Art and Diaspora Studies, Global Cultures and Museums, Representations of Identity and Culture in Exhibition Contexts, Post-Colonialism, and Feminist Performance and Video Art.

Ronella Ferreros is a 4th year at the University of Toronto Mississauga, majoring in History and minoring in Anthropology and Professional Writing. This year, she is interning at the Royal Ontario Museum's Education Department, where she assists in the documentation and reorganization of the Medieval European artifact collections used in education programs. Outside of school work, it is not unlikely to find her working on her fantasy novel or reading stories on her laptop to find inspiration.

Adrian Kawula is a 4th year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto Mississauga, where he is specializing in History. He is interning this year at the Mississauga Sports Council during the 2016-2017 school year, where he will help create a display on the history of martial arts in Mississauga. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and playing soccer.


Alexa Pellerino is a 4th year student pursuing a major in History and a double minor in History of Religions and Women & Gender Studies. She will be interning with the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (PAMA) during the 2016-2017 school year as a research assistant. She will help create exhibits that showcase the history of the Peel Region. When she does not have her nose in a book, she likes to play with makeup and repost photos of cute animals on Facebook.


Bhavpreet Saini is a 4th year student at the University of Toronto Mississauga, majoring in political science and minoring in Earth Science and History. Bhav is excited to be interning with Jane Stirling in the Department of Advancement at UTM. It will be UTM's 50th anniversary during the 2017 school year, and as a result the Department of Advancement will be creating a special 50th anniversary website for this occasion. Bhav will be in charge of creating a digital interactive timeline that will be placed on the website. It is meant to showcase the achievements, successes, and milestones that have come forth at UTM over the past 50 years. He likes to play video games and do anything technology related, whether it be graphic design or fixing computers.


Andrew Walker is a 4th year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus. His majors include Professional Writing and Communication, and he is also finishing a minor in Historical Studies. His placement for the year involves an internship at the Royal Ontario Museum, where he is assisting with data transfers for the release of eMuseum, as well as with blog posts and social media awareness surrounding the project. When he isn’t at the Museum or the University, he can likely be found in a corner somewhere, trying to understand some new phenomenon of information technology, or some distant phenomenon of history (the Gaulish Wars being the present obsession). He enjoys his research very much, and is also fond of long walks on the beach.


2015-2016 HIS498 Interns

In 2015-2016, Lea Alilovic is a 4th year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto Mississauga, where she is majoring in History and Anthropology. She is interning this year at Heritage Toronto, where she will be researching and developing a walking tour of a Chilean neighbourhood in Toronto. In her spare time, she enjoys watching basketball, running, and playing with her dog, Iggy.

In 2015-2016, Kristina Djogovic-Morgan is a 4th year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto Mississauga, where she is currently completing a joint specialist in History & Political Science with a minor in Canadian Studies. She is interning with the City of Mississauga's Heritage Planning Department, where she is researching heritage tax incentive programs. When she is not studying all things history and poli sci, she can usually be found on the back of her horse, on the ski hill, or chasing the latest trends in fashion.

In 2015-2016, Nicholas Oswald is a 3rd year undergraduate pursuing a joint specialist in history and political science. He is currently interning at the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate, Oakville where he is researching the history of some of Erchless' former inhabitants. He is an avid reader and coin collector.

In 2015-2016, Sophie Orlando is a 4th year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, Mississauga, where she is specializing in History with a minor in Classics. She is interning at the Mississauga Sports Council where she is researching the development of organized softball and soccer for women in the 20th century in Mississauga, and examining how the popularity of each summer sport evolved throughout the decades. In her spare time, Sophie enjoys trying new restaurants and cheering on all the major Toronto sports teams. 

In 2015-2016, Joy Saade is a 4th year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto pursuing a Combined Specialist in Political Science and History, and a Major in English. She is currently an intern at the Canadian Arab Institute, which has complimented her curiosity for Middle Eastern history and politics. By interning at the Canadian Arab Institute, she hopes to learn more about the Canadian-Arab community and her role in supporting their integration and political participation within Canada. Joy has a passion for writing and the arts and enjoys sharing her artsy-side through her position as the Events Coordinator of the English and Drama Student Society at the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus.

In 2015-2016, Morgan Sutherland is a 4th year joint-specialist Political Science and History undergraduate. He is interning at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum + Archives (PAMA) in Brampton, Ontario. In this revitalized 19th century prison and connecting courthouse, Morgan is researching the historical experiences of Black residents of Peel County. He hopes to find a compelling collection of new information about this very sparsely studied area of public history. His hobbies include playing strategic games, exercising, and painting historical figurines.

In 2015-2016, Lynda Yao is a 4th year undergraduate history student at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. She is interning at Heritage Mississauga this year where she will be researching Mississauga’s connection to Confederation in 1867, under the guidance of curator Matthew Wilkinson. In her spare time, she loves to cook, go on food adventures, and doing anything that has to do with food. 

In 2015-2016, Rachel Wedekind is a 5th year History/Anthropology double major who attends the University of Toronto, Mississauga. She interns at the Royal Ontario Museum under the supervision of Robert Mason, and is responsible for georeferencing archaeological sites for an interactive Google Earth map to be put on the ROM website. Her favourite animal is a pygmy hippopotamus and she has a knack for drawing.