All-Ages Programming Internship

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 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 24th – 27th, 2013) 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: All-Ages Programming Intern

Internship Length: February 2013 – June 2013

Hours per week: 20 – 25

Reports to: Programs Manager


The All-Ages Programming Internship is central to the programming Northwest Folklife has to offer. The primary focus of this internship will be to design, curate, and manage the All Ages Art Installation in partnership with the Ver(a) Gallery.  Additionally, this Intern will coordinate the all ages programming over the duration of the festival.



  • Work with the programming staff on Northwest Folklife’s public programs, which include organizing and scheduling specific areas of the annual Northwest Folklife Festival
  • Design and curate the all ages gallery show including creating the “Call for Artists”, convening the selection committee, guiding the installation of the show, and coordinating the closing reception
  • Serve as the Event Coordinator for the day-of management for the All Ages|All Day program in the EMP Museum
  • 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
  • Compose short articles for the festival program guide and for Festival publicity purposes
  • Assist in the management of performer information for other departments for Northwest Folklife’s use
  • Assist Programming department during the Festival as needed


Identified Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn to program performances for large-scale festival production
  • Learn to curate an art show as a: show curator, an installer, a promoter, and a submissions reviewer
  • Develop an understanding of event production by working with programmers, production teams, volunteer coordinators, and development teams
  • Enhance communication skills through interactions with community representatives, artists, performers, sponsors, and production teams
  • Gain networking skills with local art organizations, artists, performers, sponsors, and production teams


To Apply:

Please send your resume and a cover letter via email to the Programs Manager at with the title of your desired internship 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


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