Jobs & Internships

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 hiring@nwfolklife.org with title of your desired internship and your name in the subject line. Priority given to applications received by January 15th, 2016.  Although we prefer electronic methods, you may also submit your resume to:

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

 

Title: Programming Intern

Internship Length: January 2016 – June 2016
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.

Responsibilities

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

Requirements

  • 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

 

Title: Sponsorship and Development Intern

Internship Length: January 2016 – June 2016

Hours per week: 10-15

 The Sponsorship and Development Intern will be an integral member of the team ensuring that the 2016 Folklife Festival is a success. From planning pre-festival events to working onsite with sponsors, the Sponsorship and Development Intern will play a key role in fostering positive relationships with donors and sponsors and coordinating event logistics.

 Responsibilities

  • Work with the Sponsorship and Development team to coordinate on-site sponsorship activations leading up to the event
  • Procure in kind support for all departments
  • Supporting the Development department’s youth donor program
  • Complete tasks such as data entry, initiating and following up on correspondence, and assisting with post-festival mailings and data collection
  • Assist with coordinating pre-festival events including a Festival Preview Party and the “First Look” Reception

Requirements

  • 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
  • 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.

 

Title: Development Communications Intern
Supervisor: Development Director and Development Associate
Internship Length: January 2016 – June 2016
Hours per week: 15-20

The Development Communications Intern will assist the Northwest Folklife Development team in its communications and fundraising efforts and will have the opportunity to learn about nonprofit fundraising, marketing and event planning. The Development Communications intern will have significant exposure and opportunity to learn about the many cultural communities that make up the Pacific Northwest, and the folklife they each bring to the Northwest Folklife Festival.

Identified Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop skills to translate program activities to development messages
  • Develop skills in organizing program information for use in development strategy
  • Contribute to developing and fulfilling new communications strategies in support of community engagement and community-powered fundraising
  • Learn how to engage donors through ‘new media’ including social networks and SMS

Responsibilities

  • Compile information from program guides and photos to create a comprehensive resource
  • Edit and compile donor and constituent interviews and stories of community engagement

Requirements

  • Experience in discovering, classifying and organizing information. Writing and editing.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Excel and social networks.
  • An eye for detail and consistency. Design skills are a big plus!
  • A love of music, arts, and culture.