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Opportunities at Smithsonian Folkways


We are currently accepting applications for the following:

Digital Marketing & Distribution Specialist

Smithsonian Folkways is seeking applications for a new position in the Marketing Department specializing in digital distribution and creative marketing campaigns. The ideal candidate has experience conceptualizing and executing dynamic marketing campaigns for independent artists or record labels, and has a strong familiarity with the music contained in the Smithsonian Folkways catalog. This position will maintain and grow connections with DSPs such as Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and Pandora, as well as developing content for those platforms and the Smithsonian Folkways website. The position reports to the Marketing Manager and collaborates closely with the Folkways Marketing Team. Preference will be given to candidates who reside in or will relocate to the National Capital Region (Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area), though candidates from other localities within the United States will be considered..

Submission deadline is midnight on February 7.

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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 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.