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Smithsonian Folkways Membership
Smithsonian Folkways Membership

Jobs, Internships & Research


We are currently accepting applications for the following:

In order to highlight the Smithsonian’s extraordinary combined holdings, scholarship and activities related to music, Smithsonian is looking for a dynamic production manager to coordinate a year-long pan-institutional celebration of music: the Smithsonian Year of Music, from Jan 1st to Dec 31st, 2019. This level 9 contract position (Jun 2018 – Jan 2020) will work closely with a curatorial program committee from across the Smithsonian Institution to highlight current musical resources, forge cross-unit collaborations in the arts, humanities and sciences, and organize new and existing events into a year-long schedule: “365 Days of Music at the Smithsonian.” Click here for the Position Description. Cover letter and CV are due by COB April 30th, 2018, attn. Logan Clark,


The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections are open to visitors and researchers by appointment. To contact the Archives or schedule an appointment, please call 202.633.6438, or email


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.

Click Here for more information including instructions on how to apply.


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