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Opportunities at Smithsonian Folkways


We are not currently accepting applications for any positions.


The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections is currently closed to researchers in accordance with the Smithsonian Institution's guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Although our physical collections are currently inaccessible for onsite research, we offer digital versions of many of our collections online. Please consult the Archives staff list for inquiries.


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.