Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2023: Many Temporary Positions (USA)

“JobMultiple temporary positions for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2023, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA. Deadline: 2 December 2022.

The Smithsonian Institution holds a Folklife Festival every summer in Washington, DC, as a way to encourage dialogue across cultural groups from around the country and the world. They are currently hiring dozens of temporary positions for the 2023 Folklife Festival. Just to list a few of the positions, those in media and communications:

  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Graphic Design Assistant
  • Marketing & Media Relations Manager

Other positions are in administration, visitor services, marketplace, documentation, production, technical operations, etc.

In addition, they are looking for interns year-round, although the bulk of the work is in the summer. In the fall, winter, and spring, interns assist with research and planning for the upcoming Festival’s programs—best suited for students in anthropology, ethnomusicology, and language studies as related to the program. In the summer, they also seek interns to work on event production, technical crew, the Festival Marketplace, social media, web production, graphic design, foodways, curatorial team, the Festival Blog, public relations, accessibility, participant and volunteer coordination, video production, and administration.

Smithsonian: Curatorial Internships in African/American Crafts (USA but Online)

Professional OpportunitiesCuratorial Internships in African-American and African crafts, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. but virtual, January-April 2022. Deadline: November 20, 2021.

The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is pleased to announce two new virtual internship positions as part of the African American Craft Initiative (AACI) and the Crafts of African Fashion (CAF) project. Beginning this winter, the internships will run from January to April 2022 and are part-time.

Working under the supervision and mentorship of curator Diana N’Diaye and project coordinator Sloane Keller, interns will have the opportunity to listen and learn from experiences of African and African American artists and artisans in their own words and participate in activities to amplify these powerful legacies for generations to come. The primary assignment will involve working as part of the initiative team, conducting research, and helping to coordinate programming activities. The interns will also learn about the Crafts of African Fashion project and assist with the development of funding proposals and programmatic activities. Selected applicants will receive a stipend of $1,500.

Intercultural Dialogue Platform Paid Internships (Belgium)

“Job2 Paid Internships: Social Media/Graphics, and Videography/Media, Intercultural Dialogue Platform, Brussels, Belgium. Deadline: 2 October 2020.

Intercultural Dialogue Platform is a Brussels based NGO founded in 2000, aiming at mutual understanding and harmonious interaction among the people of different cultural backgrounds. The organization carries out several international projects on promoting social inclusion, dialogue, civic engagement as well as preventing extremism, racism and discrimination.

Penn Museum Internships 2020 (USA)

“JobPaid and unpaid, graduate and undergraduate, summer internships, University of Pennsylvania Museum, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Deadline: February 7, 2020.

The Penn Museum offers paid and unpaid summer internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates from any college or university. Please see below for more information about eligibility for funding. The internship is made up of two parts: interns are placed in a Museum department and work on a project under a departmental supervisor; each week interns come together for the Museum Practice Program overseen organized by the Summer Internship coordinator. The program includes orientation, weekly lectures, collections tours, a field trip to a local museum, and final presentations. The Penn Museum strongly encourages applications from students who are members of groups underrepresented in careers related to museums and anthropology.

Smithsonian Paid Internships 2020 (USA)

“JobImpact Evaluation Internships, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. 10 weeks, year round, part-time paid opportunity. Deadline: Open until filled, posted January 13, 2020.

The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH) is seeking a part-time impact evaluation intern to work with the cultural sustainability team on conceiving and developing an impact evaluation framework and support the management of ongoing project evaluations. If you are passionate about monitoring and evaluation and are a team player with a positive attitude, then you are who they are looking for!

CFCH’s cultural sustainability initiative focuses on assessing and mitigating the risks to cultural vitality, transforming public dialogue, implementing community-based programs, and scaling the impact of the work. The initiative covers projects around the world and includes a variety of activities such as trainings, workshops, online exhibitions, exchanges, and cultural documentation.

This internship offers an opportunity to work closely with the cultural sustainability team on developing an impact evaluation framework for the initiative. It offers a chance to gain and/or expand your experience in researching methodologies and approaches, and to articulate and form best practices and tools/models for cultural sustainability programs and activities. The internship is also an opportunity to build your skills and competences in areas of communication (verbal and electronic); organization (schedules, contacts, and workspace); receiving feedback; and establishing professional work habits.

Catalan-American Cultural Heritage Exchange 2020

FellowshipsCatalan-American Cultural Heritage Exchange 2020. Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Washington, DC, USA. Deadline: at least 6 weeks prior to an individual’s start date.

The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is pleased to invite applications from cultural heritage students and professionals in Catalonia to join this unique program. The program will provide new opportunities for three participants to explore and expand their careers in museums, cultural heritage, the arts, and arts management over a twelve-week period in 2020. We anticipate supporting two interns who are still developing their careers and one fellow who already has an established career path. The Center will welcome interns and fellows from Catalonia into a robust cohort from Washington, D.C., across the United States and around the world. They will study museology, cultural heritage, the arts, anthropology, folklore, ethnomusicology, and archival science. The program will also create a pipeline for graduate education in American universities; interns will receive support in applying to American graduate programs, including some that offer funding to complete a two-year master’s degree.

NOTE: Over 100 Smithsonian Institution internships are available annually, as well as a wide variety of fellowships at various levels: predoctoral, postdoctoral, and senior postdoctoral scholars, involved in cultural heritage, ethnomusicology, museum studies, and more. Fellows work directly with staff in the office in Washington, D.C., with access to Smithsonian archives, collections, and other resources. Applicants are welcome from the United States and around the world.

Migration Policy Institute Internships (USA)

“JobPaid Research and Editorial/Communications Internships, Migration Policy Institute, Washington, DC. Deadline: March 1, 2019.

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) seeks current college seniors and advanced-degree students as well as college graduates for full- and part-time internships. Interns provide support to MPI researchers in one or more of the following program areas for research internships: U.S. immigration, U.S. immigrant integration, U.S. immigration and human services, international immigration; or they participate in editorial/communications internships.

MPI is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank based in Washington, DC dedicated to the study of migration worldwide. MPI and its sister organization, the Brussels-based MPI Europe, work closely with policymakers, researchers, and practitioners to analyze, develop, and evaluate migration and refugee policies at local, state, national, and international levels.

Paid Undergrad Summer Internship: Peace & Conflict (USA)

“JobUndergraduate Research Assistant (RA) Position, Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab, Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab, University of Pennsylvania. Deadline: March 18, 2019.

The Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, directed by Dr. Emile Bruneau, and in collaboration with Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab, is seeking summer research assistants. This 8-week at 30hr/week (negotiable) paid ($4,500 summer stipend) internship has an anticipated start date of June 2019. RAs will have the option to work in Philadelphia, PA or New York City. The research assistants will work closely with the postdoctoral researchers (Drs. Samantha Moore-Berg and Boaz Hameiri) on projects aimed at identifying the psychological drivers of real-world social conflict, injustice and inequality, and/or affecting change in these intergroup contexts. Applicants with specific interest or direct experience with conflict and/or discrimination are particularly encouraged to apply. This internship is designed to help individuals strengthen their research skills and will include ongoing mentoring and guidance from skilled researchers.

Summer Communication Internships in New Zealand

(Northern) Summer Communication Internships in New Zealand

Massey University’s six week summer study abroad program for Communication, Journalism, Media Studies, Public Relations, Advertising, Marketing or related majors is worth 6-8 U.S. semester credits. The two-week National Expedition takes students across New Zealand and then in the following four weeks students are placed in internships where they work on real world problems relevant to their degrees.

National Expedition, June 13 – 25, 2016. Our exploration of Image and Identity will traverse both islands to delve into how successful the brands and images of the tourism industry are at capturing the attention of people new to the country and culture. Students explore New Zealand’s adventure capital, alpine towns and glaciers, historic settlements and the country’s geothermal playground.  Students undertake case studies examining the identity of the service-providing organizations and brands they encounter, assessing the company’s image, and identifying how effectively they appear to communicate what they offer.  Our academic staff and in-country experts provide an insider’s view of the country, culture, and organizations students canvass as they travel across the country over these two weeks.

Internship, June 26 – July 22, 2016. Interns are placed in a range of organizations across Wellington, the capital city and renowned for its arts and culture, where interns obtain rich insights into the diverse character of Wellington and the nation.  The interns’ work over these four weeks will benefit the host and the communities they serve, as well as providing the students with achievements that will bolster their resume when they return home.

Scholarship information, application materials, and an extensive list of FAQs are available online.

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