Northwest Folkife

Cultural & Creative Workforce Development Internships

Northwest Folklife, in collaboration with the Office of Economic Development and the Office of Arts and Culture, has developed a pilot internship program that provides paid internships for Seattle’s young creatives. These internships range between 12-24 weeks long and give youth hands-on training in various creative fields. Interns will work 12-14 hours weekly at their internship sites, and 1-2 hours with Northwest Folklife.

The Cultural & Creative Workforce Development Internships are catered for youth ages 16-25 from a variety of Seattle communities. The program takes a collaborative; community-informed approach to provide opportunities to sharpen skills and competencies in culturally and creatively focused occupations. The program aims to develop creative capital, give hands-on experience, foster networks and shape the emerging network economy. We center artists, and we are excited to build capacity for creatives in our communities and provide successful internship experiences for youth and young adults.” Please note right now all duties will be done remotely. However once stay at home order is lifted, interns will be advised by host site supervisors when to report in.

All Applications must be accompanied by a completed Creative Force Intern Intake form.

Internship Opportunities:

About: The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods provides resources and opportunities for community members to build strong communities and improve their quality of life. We meet people where they are and help neighbors develop a stronger sense of place, build closer ties, and engage with their community and city government.

The Communications and Storytelling Intern will focus primarily on the work of Seattle Together, a collaboration between City departments and local communities to foster feelings of belonging, connection, and joy in Seattle. The work of Seattle Together centers and supports Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities in building a future Seattle where they feel connected, rooted, recognized, prosperous, and safe.

Deadline: May 5, 2021.

All Interested candidates please send an introductory statement describing their interest no more than two paragraphs, creative content you have created (if available), and a completed Creative Force Intern Intake form. Please email all content to


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