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Jobs, Internships & Research

Opportunities at Smithsonian Folkways


We are currently accepting applications for the following:


An internship with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings offers a wide range of valuable and meaningful experiences in the recording industry and non-profit arts administration, within the context of the world’s largest museum complex. Specific learning opportunities include graphic design, music marketing, royalty administration, cataloging and research, and educational content creation. Interns are expected to work for at least 100 hours, and ideally no less than 10 hours/week. Some specific internships may require longer commitment to ensure a successful experience, both for the intern and for Folkways. In addition to honing specific skills, interns will meet regularly with their supervisors, work with other interns and other staff on team projects, and have access to a wide array of programming, as well as curatorial and professional experts across the institution. For information on specific internships available, please see below.

To apply, visit SOLAA and create an account. After selecting Internship, specify the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (please indicate the name of the specific internship in your essay.) You will be required to upload supporting materials, including an essay, resume, transcripts, and letters of recommendation.

The submission deadline for summer internships with Smithsonian Folkways is March 15. There are no deadlines for submitting applications for other seasons.

The completed application is to be submitted at least six weeks before the start of the internship.

If you have questions, please contact our intern coordinator Arlene Reiniger.

Available Internships


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 or call 202.633.6512.