Folklife Internship – Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, offers a variety of internships, including the following in the Center for Folklife and Culture and the Katzenberger Internships:

The Center annually involves nearly 100 interns in its activities. Internships are offered year-round in various fields including cultural anthropology, folklore, ethnomusicology, museum studies, arts administration, graphic and Web design, marketing, and
library science.

More about Internships

Intern projects, conducted under the guidance of the Center’s professional staff, often center on research for, design and production of the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Web production, educational outreach projects,
video projects, or the Ralph Rinzler Archives.

Internships can be from six weeks to one year, full- or part-time, though working at least 15-20 hours per week is preferred. Submission deadline for summer internships is March 15; there are no deadlines for getting applications in for the rest of the year.
These are non-paying internships.

The online internship application can be found at
and please specify the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. You will be asked to upload supporting material such as an essay and resume.
The completed application should be submitted at least six weeks before the start of the internship.

Archives and Resources

If you are interested in volunteering or being an intern in the
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
, we can put you to work assisting with our tasks of preserving, digitizing, and cataloguing archives collections, creating finding aids for collections, creating Web presentations on archival materials, and
helping with other projects. We particularly welcome students in library and information studies who want an opportunity to work in a folklife archive as part of their degree program. Skills you might bring to the tasks include a knowledge of or interest in
world folk music traditions, audio engineering, Photoshop and Web experience, or library and archival work.

Students in Folklore, American Studies, American History, Music, Library Science or other fields may be able to arrange course credit for their work here. Interns typically work at least 20 hours per week for six weeks or more, but schedules are flexible.
During the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which runs for 10 days from late June into early July, interns are expected to be available during much of that time to assist the archivists with Festival documentation (audio, photo, and video). If you have further
questions about the types of projects available to Archives interns, please contact one of the archivists who will be happy to discuss this with you.


–Katzenberger Internship Projects for 2014:

Project 1:     Documenting Traditional Artists at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Supervisor: James Deutsch, Program Curator



Project 2:     The Will to Adorn: African American Identity and the Aesthetics of Dress

Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Supervisor: Diana Baird N’Diaye, Principal Investigator/Curator



Project 3:     Garden History Research and Public Outreach
Archives of American Gardens
Supervisor: Cindy Brown, HCME Manager and Education Specialist
Project 4:     Intangible Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian

Smithsonian Folkways at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Supervisor: Meredith Holmgren, Web Producer and Education Specialist



Project 5:     In On the Ground Floor:  Documenting, Cataloging, and Writing about the Foundational Visual Art Collection at NMAAHC

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Supervisor: Dr. Laura Coyle, Collection Manager, Head of Cataloging and Digitization

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