Jobs & Internships

Social Media Street Team: Volunteers Desired to Join for the Northwest Folklife Festival


Use Social Media to interact and attract network users to the Northwest Folklife social channels during the 45th annual Northwest Folklife Festival.


Explore the Northwest Folklife Festival while sharing your discoveries on the social media platforms including Twitter and Instagram.
Generate, publish, and share content about the Festival with Northwest Folklife followers.

  • User knowledge of Twitter and Instagram platforms.
  • Outgoing/Creative thinker.
  • Demonstrate proficiency using Social Media for engagement.
  • Excellent communication and grammar skills.

Must be able to attend one in-person meeting prior to the Festival start-date. Festival runs May 27 – 30, 2016 – must be able to take a shift(s) during Festival dates.

To inquire, submit past social media work experience to MSC at 


Northwest Folklife Internship Program:

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 community powered 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 27th – 30th, 2016) 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

To Apply:

Please attach your resume and cover letter to an email to with title of your desired internship and your name in the subject line.

Title: Assistant Volunteer Coordinator Intern

Internship Length: April 4, 2016 – June 8, 2016 (dates flexible)
Hours per week: 8-15 (will increase in May to support volunteer scheduling)

The Assistant Volunteer Coordinator Internship requires collaborating with almost every department and aspect of Northwest Folklife and therefore is a perfect fit for anyone who wants to learn more about the event planning world. The primary focus of this internship will be to assist with scheduling and Volunteer Registration the weekend of the festival in addition to supporting the Volunteer Appreciation Program.


  • Assist with the scheduling of volunteers and outreach efforts
  • Help organize donations for Volunteer Appreciation Program and procurement
  • Help run volunteer registration during the Festival (May 27th -30th, must be available all four days)
  • Help with data entry and other Volunteer Registration procedures
  • Assist with the Volunteer Check-In process and Training
  • Organization of the Staff Lunch

Identified Learning Outcomes:

  • Strengthen customer service skills as part of an Event Management Team by communicating with staff, donors, members of the community, volunteers, performers and business associates.
  • Develop an understanding of event coordination by working with development teams, production teams, volunteer coordinators, and sponsorship associates.
  • Enhance communication skills through interactions with community representatives, artists, performers, sponsors, and production teams.
  • Gain experience with non-profit arts administration and coordination.


  • Strong work-ethic and communication skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Excel and data entry.
  • A love of music, arts, and culture.