student/intern AFC Bartis Folklife Internships

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  • Hosting Service Unit: Library Services
  • Program Contact: [email protected]
  • Interests/Areas of Study: Humanities, art and culture; Library sciences.
  • Citizenship: Visa Holder
  • Application Period: Annually
  • Application Notes: By specific deadline dates. The spring 2018 application period is open, There are 3 optional start dates: a. 6/9/2019 b. 6/23/2019 c. 7/07/2019 The vacancy closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on 4/1/19 PROJECTS: The project names for 2019 are listed below. For further information on any project, please contact the American Folklife Center: [email protected] or 202-707-5510. #01 – Occupational Folklife Project programming and communications: Assist staff in the development of a podcast series exploring the discrete collections comprising the OFP (to date there are approximately 900 interviews across at least two dozen collections). Responsibilities will include collection research, identification of themes for scripts, gathering of audio assets, and preliminary editing of episodes. #02 – Reference and Researcher Support: Assist with the development of researcher support systems drawing on standard library tools, and participate in staff-led efforts to gauge user needs. #03 – Chicago Ethnic Arts Collection and StoryMaps: Assist AFC staff on designing and implementing a set of curated digital publications via the LC StoryMaps portal (an intuitive web-based platform). Responsibilities will include researching the collection, identifying and gathering digital assets, developing curatorial narratives, and creating StoryMaps. Training on the platform will be provided.
  • Compensation: GS 01
  • Academic Credit: The Library does not provide academic credit, but you may arrange with your school in advance to receive credit.
  • Available Benefits: Transit. Sick leave accrual.
  • Program Duration: Short-term. 10 weeks in summer
  • Qualifications: Demonstrated KSAs; availability in summer for 10 weeks
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This program offers participants insights into the environment and activities of the American Folklife Center, which pairs robust cultural programming with the world's largest ethnographic archive. Interns will be exposed to a broad spectrum of public programs and archives work: artist liaison, production, preservation, reference, access standards, and information management. Depending on the specific project they are assigned, interns will assist staff with coordinating and producing public programs; archival processing of special collections in many different formats; managing digital outreach activities and communications; or supporting reference and research activities. Near the end of their appointment at the Library, the interns will reflect on their projects and experiences by producing a blog post, as well as a presentation for AFC staff.

Program develops critical skills related to documentation, archival practice, and cultural heritage research and programs, while offering mentorship opportunities with senior folklorists and ethnomusicologists. Interns will work closely with staff on specific projects supporting AFC’s Congressionally mandated mission.