Alan Shepard

Become a Summer Resident

Apply by April 14th, 2024

Review the recording of the info session
on the 4th Space Youtube channel to
build a strong application.

Tangible, paid work experience for immersive, experiential, transdisciplinary learning

Why Resident?

We borrow the word resident from the realm of the arts, where a residency is a period of immersive, intensive development, often marked by experimentation, exploration, and growth.

This Residency is a journey of professional and personal transformation, where participants are nurtured to develop their ideas and skills in a rich, supportive environment. Participants are much more than interns, they are individuals deeply engaged in a process of learning, creating, and impacting.

Here, you're not just working; you're evolving, experimenting, and contributing to something larger than your immediate surroundings.

Our Program

INTERDISCIPLINARY • ˌɪntərdɪsɪˈplɪnəri

Integrating knowledge and methods from different disciplines, using a synthesis of approaches to address a topic or problem.

TRANSDISCIPLINARY • trænzˌdɪsɪˈplɪnəri

Creating a unity of intellectual frameworks beyond the disciplinary perspectives, involving academic and non-academic participants to address real-world challenges.

The Alan Shepard Summer Residency is a multidisciplinary 12-week full-time paid experience at Concordia where soon-to-be and recent graduates from all fields of study experience essential soft and technical skills for personal and professional growth.

In diverse groups, you will address with your varied and unique expertise real problems faced by organizations based in Montreal, in order to tackle big social, economical and environmental challenges.

Expand beyond academia, push yourself out of your comfort zone, pick up essential skills for collaborating deeply with others and learn life-long skills that will change your life.

Odds are...

If you’re an engineer, odds are you haven’t worked with many filmmakers; if you’re a musician, odds are you haven’t worked with many economists; if you’re a journalist, odds are you haven’t worked with many biologists;


Odds are you’ll have to work with people from extremely different backgrounds throughout your career.


Learn to speak each others' language, and grow together.

Here, you're not just working; you're evolving, experimenting, and contributing to something larger than your immediate surroundings.

Arezoo, Biochemistry, 2023 Participant

Through the Residency, I learned that the key to helping a client meet their goals is to leverage our unique perspectives, figure out how to meet them where they are in their journeys, and find a common language to best cater to their needs. We are all experts at something.

Gab, Computer Science & Mathematics, 2023 Participant

The program's emphasis on self-development, self-reflection, and invaluable one-on-one support played a pivotal role in preparing me for future work environments.

Victor, Economics, 2023 Participant

The residency helped me build my confidence to better share my knowledge and expertise with others.

Delia, Music, 2023 Participant

The most incredible thing about Residency was working with people from different backgrounds with varying expertise. Having the opportunity to learn together and see the problems from different perspectives is truly something special and unique.

Ryan, Management, 2023 Participant

This residency helped me learn to see what skills I needed to work on in myself so that I could be proud and confident in what I was bringing to multidisciplinary tables. I will never see large-scale projects and the teamwork they require the same way again. Now I know better what to look at, and how to look.

Connor, Electroacoustics, 2022 Participant

What Skills Can I Develop?
Innovation Frameworks

Mapping Communities and Interactions; Systems
Iterative Approaches to Work
Foresight & Futures Thinking
Systems & Impact Mapping
Rapid Prototyping
Design thinking & Human-Centered Design

Entrepreneurship & Consulting

Customer Discovery
Client Relationships
Marketing & Data
Project Management
Business Modelling
Effective Research
Storytelling & Presentation
Communication & Positioning

Leadership, Collaboration & Deep Teamwork

Conflict Resolution
Self-organizing Teams
Time management
Building Consensus
Activity Management: equitable self-assigning & delegation
Team Forming
Active Listening
Critical Thinking
Giving and receiving Feedback effectively
Inclusivity & Amplifying Diverse Perspectives

Self-actualization & Self-efficacy

Active Behavioural Change
Personal Goal Setting & Turning Goals Into Action

Industry Exploration & Immersion

Shifting Work Culture
Fostering Ecosystems of Support
Mapping and Fostering Community

Market Analysis & Positioning

An alternative food startup seeks to understand their customers more holistically, learn more about customer perspectives in the dairy industry and the place their product can fill in the current market environment.

Residents built strategies and workflows to level up the value of interviews and achieve a product-market fit with more confidence. Residents discovered and validated why customer groups choose to include dairy in their diets and factors that influence the perception of dairy consumption habits across each persona.

Urban Design for Accessibility and Inclusion

A municipal stakeholder seeks to disrupt the current way that the outdoor spaces along a main street exist and are used throughout the year to encourage foot traffic to linger and experience the area. They want to explore how pedestrianizing a main street to create a year-round venue can foster community-building and community support through a social economy (social behaviors around how we see our local shops, sense of responsibility towards supporting our community, mechanism to combat winter hibernation/isolation behaviors, etc).

Residents built strategies to use snow as a building material to change the functionality of the street in the winter, identified and validated key strategic arts projects to foster empathy and care for local businesses, and rapid-tested methods of gamification to drive engagement across different demographics of people frequenting the area.

Strengthening Community Ties Filling Unmet Needs

A food bank and social service provider seeks to identify their unique value within a community that has other providers offering similar social services. They wish to better understand who they are servicing and how they can respond in a more targeted way to unmet needs in the community. More specifically, they seek to understand the way justice, equity, diversity and inclusion impacts the need for and access to social services so that they may better respond to the needs of marginalized groups within their community.

Residents developed methods for identifying and segmenting the different personas of current and potential service recipients, clients, and other beneficiaries. By developing a strategy that leans on data collection and use as the community (and therefore service offered) evolves, segmenting allowed for unique approaches that would benefit particular segments such as fostering intergenerational relations to use oral history as a community strengthening mechanism. Residents responded to needs for other personas with strategies for providing urban agriculture training and venues, again with an angle to encourage intergenerational ties.

Positioning, strategy, and Community Engagement

An arts center seeks to identify their core value in the face of relocation and integration into a new geographical community. More specifically, they want to understand in what ways building and engaging their local community will enable them to understand themselves in this new environment.

Residents crafted a strategy built upon a multi-faceted approach to strengthen community ties by leveraging contexts and the impact of a multiplicity – reaching the same communities in different ways. Leaning on oral histories, grassroots values for knowledge and information sharing, and strategic partnerships across industry and neighborhood boundaries allowed for an unconventional solution that positioned the arts center as a future pillar of the community they begin to foster today.

User Needs & Unique Value Proposition

A film festival seeks to grow beyond a time-bound, in-person experience, and would like to understand the audiences they might be able to reach, what these audiences will be looking for, and which ones are most easily addressable given the current resources and relationships of the festival.

Residents redefined the business model, inspecting previously untapped audiences to project a sustainable transition towards a new service offering of the film festival. By assessing and prioritizing possible partnerships with universities to integrate the festival’s catalogue into academic coursework, determining cost-effective methods to grow younger audiences, and a shift beyond only curating works to include sponsoring independent creation, residents provided a comprehensive menu of feasible first steps in a new direction.

Communication & Public Perception

An NGO is seeking to adapt IP sharing models for cellular agriculture in the current environment, foster open dialogue and sharing of knowledge, research, and technology among stakeholders of all levels, from farmers to legislators. They seek to instil the importance and urgency of maintaining a strong food supply in Canada going forward, and make research more accessible to stakeholders to do so.

Residents developed, and validated models to help shift mindsets, vulgarize scientific writing, and instil urgency in the national ecosystem.


01. Who is it for?

Soon-to-be or recently graduated Concordia students of any faculties. Participants are respectful, eager to learn, and from diverse backgrounds.

The residency is for you if you yearn for the opportunity to build skills that you may not have explored during your degree, but that are essential for effective teamwork in work and personal growth as well as relationship wellbeing.

02. Do I need specific skills?

Do you have experience in circus administration? mythical creature habitat design? vegetable geometry? Robot therapeutics?

Probably not, but don’t you worry, any expertise is worth having in a deliberately trans-disciplinary team. We’re looking for people who are curious, passionate, respectful, self-reflexive and eager to develop themselves. These are the real qualifications!

03. How does the application process work?

Join our info session on April 8th (link at the top – Get Started) where you can learn more about the program and how to submit a strong application. 

Applications open immediately following the info session. Then, you’ll have between April 8th and April 15th to apply. 

For those who are selected, the second stage is an interactive workshop on April 20th (either AM or PM)

For those who are selected, the third stage is a brief individual interview on April 22nd or April 23rd

Residency begins May 8th

04. When and how long is the program?

The program lasts 12 Weeks, from  May 8 to the end of July

In the past we occasionally have occasionally extended by one week into August for a bonus mandate, resources permitting.

05. Can I attend the Residency from my sofa?

Not at all. But, you can try ours in our beautiful co-working space in Downtown Montreal!

The Residency is held in person, at D3 Innovation Hub space. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to meet inspiring people and work in a creative and disruptive environment.

+ we have an excellent Korean BBQ just down the street (and they have seed-eater options!)

06. How long does it take for a tomato to grow?

Montreal is classified as a plant hardiness zone 5A, so probably about 5 weeks?

You’ll probably want to start them indoors if you can 🍅