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Northwest Folklife
Programming Internship

Northwest Folklife Internship Program:
An Internship at Northwest Folklife will provide the experience you need to gain a career in event coordination, festival programming, stage 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 community powered arts festival in the region and learn how to increase visibility and strengthen the sustainability of a nonprofit organization. Northwest Folklife Interns go on to find roles in the nonprofits arts sector in Seattle and beyond.

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 26th – 29th, 2017) 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 2017 – June 2017
Hours per week: 20

The Programming Internship is central to Northwest Folklife programming and events. This Intern plays a key role in ensuring smooth festival production creating and a mission driven programmatic schedule.


  • 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 volunteers and 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, and contract development
  • 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 in compiling all submitted stage diagrams from performers for the Festival’s Stage Books
  • Assist Programming department during the Festival as needed


  • Strong written and verbal 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

To Apply:
Please attach your resume and cover letter to an email to with Programming Internship and your name in the subject line. Although we prefer electronic methods, you may also submit your resume to:

Northwest Folklife
Attn: Programming
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109

Open until filled

Northwest Folklife will be hiring interns for the 2017 Festival in December and January. 

Please check back for specific job descriptions or email with an attached resume and letter of interest.