Northwest Folklife Programming & Marketing Internship
Interning at Northwest Folklife can be the experience you need to gain a career in event planning, festival production, the music industry, nonprofit management, marketing, fundraising and a whole host of other fields. Interns at Northwest Folklife take on a significant role in executing the largest free community arts festival in the nation and learn how to increase visibility and strengthen the sustainability of a nonprofit organization.
Before you apply:
- Housing and transportation are not provided. Prospective interns should carefully consider their financial needs as the internships are unpaid.
- Start and end dates, hours per week, and days of the week are all negotiable based on the intern’s availability
- All applicants must be able to commit to working Memorial Day weekend, (May 22rd – 25th, 2015) NO EXCEPTIONS
- Academic credit for internships must be arranged by the intern with their sponsoring institution. Academic credit is up to the discretion of the intern’s college or university
- Computer resources are limited; prospective interns with laptops are encouraged to apply
Title: Programming Intern
Internship Length: January 2015 – June 2015
Hours per week: 20-25
The Programming Internship is central to the programming Northwest Folklife has to offer. This Intern plays a key role in ensuring smooth festival production from a programming standpoint.
- Work with the programming staff on Northwest Folklife’s public programs, which include organizing and scheduling specific areas of the annual Northwest Folklife Festival
- Assist with research, telephone and face-to-face contact with representatives of different ethnic, regional and occupational communities from the Pacific Northwest
- Complete tasks such as data entry, initiating and following up on correspondence, managing travel for out-of-state performers, scheduling performers
- Assist in the composition of short articles for the festival program guide or for Festival publicity
- Help manage performer information for other departments for Northwest Folklife’s use
- Assist with creating the festival fundraising pitch schedule by working with both the programming and development departments
- Assist Programming department during the Festival as needed
- Strong communication skills
- The ability to work as part of a fast-moving team
- The ability to work with grace under pressure
- The ability to deal with small details and connect them to a larger whole
- Knowledge of or experience with cultural arts in the Pacific Northwest
- An open mind and desire to discover new kinds of music and dance
- A working knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook, and databases
- Ability to work individually as well as in groups
- A desire to obtain the skills for event production
- Strong organizational skills
- A healthy sense of humor
Additionally, anyone with a love of music, arts, and culture is encouraged to apply.
Identified Learning Outcomes:
- Learn to program performances for large-scale festival production
- Develop an understanding of event production by working with programmers, production teams, volunteer coordinators, and development teams
- Create and compile technical requirement books and tech sheets/stage plots for stages and stage managers (an essential skill for anyone interested in a programming career)
- Gain networking skills – make connections with artists, performers, sponsors, and production teams
Please attach your resume and cover letter to an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Programming Internship and your name in the subject line. Although we prefer electronic methods, you may also submit your resume to:
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
This position is open until filled.