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Opportunities at Smithsonian Folkways


We are currently accepting applications for the following:

Learning Pathways Coordinator (Contractor)
We are looking for someone to assist with the music education pilot program, “Learning Pathways for Music Education: Closing the Gap in Access to Diverse Resources.” The contract would start ASAP (hopefully around March 1) and run through the end of 2020. Specifically, the contractor will help coordinate this one-year pilot program, funded by the SI Youth Access Grant. The program’s goal is to design and test six Learning Pathways (a Folkways online education program in development). The contractor will coordinate development of the pathways in consultation with outside experts in web design, online education, and subject matter. We are looking for candidates with teaching experience in K-12 music or social studies classes, who are familiar with national education standards, and who have worked with online learning systems. Web design experience is a plus, but not required. Candidate should have excellent organizational and communication skills, and some experience with project management. For further information please contact Logan Clark at ClarkLE@si.edu - the deadline is January 31, 2020.


The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections are open to visitors and researchers by appointment. To contact the Archives or schedule an appointment, please contact Greg Adams at AdamsG@si.edu or call 202.633.6512.


There are a number of opportunities for internships at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Internships can be from six weeks to one year, full-time or part-time, although working at least 15 to 20 hours per week is preferred. Internships are unpaid, but many schools give course credit. We are a cross between a record label and a museum so the experience is a mix of non-profit record business and applied ethnomusicology. Intern projects are generally in the areas of graphic design, marketing, mail order, recording production, and Web site production with tasks that include writing, social networking, research, mailings, and data compiling and organizing.

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Volunteers are very welcome at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, working on a number of projects in marketing, mail order, the archives, recording production, and adminstration. Please contact Beshou Gedamu at GedamuB@si.edu.