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Employment

Employment vacancy announcements are posted here when available. They also may be viewed on the Smithsonian Institution Human Resources website. See positions open at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

We are currently accepting applications for the following:

Operations Director

The Operations Director will develop, implement, and monitor operations and infrastructure activities for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which takes place annually on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Assigned duties include public safety and security, waste management, infrastructure design, and concessions oversight. The Operations Director works extensively with program curators and technical and administrative staff to determine operational needs for Festival programs. The Operations Director also works closely with units throughout the Smithsonian Institution, the National Park Services (National Mall and Memorial Parks), and District of Columbia public health, fire, and emergency agencies to ensure the effective and efficient communication and planning of the Festival’s operational needs.

Applicants should have at least seven years of experience creating, executing, and monitoring operations and infrastructure plans for large-scale, temporary, outdoor public events. Applicants must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, exceptional ability to manage personnel and budgets, and sound judgment and professional ethics. See full position description.

We will receive applications September 9 through October 11, 2019. The ideal start date is December 9, 2019. Interested candidates must submit a letter of interest not to exceed one page and a résumé that includes a salary history to folklife@si.edu.

Internships

We welcome interns for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival year-round, although the bulk of the work is in the summer. In the fall, winter, and spring, interns assist with research and planning for the upcoming Festival’s programs—best suited for students in anthropology, ethnomusicology, and language studies as related to the program.

In the summer, we also seek interns to work on event production, technical crew, the Festival Marketplace, social media, web production, graphic design, curatorial team, the Festival Blog, public relations, participant and volunteer coordination, video production, and administration.

Summer interns are expected to work through the ten days of the Festival during the last week of June and first week of July, including weekends and the July Fourth holiday. You should be comfortable working outdoors in high heat and humidity, in a fast-paced environment among large crowds of people.

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Photo, audio, video, and blog documentation interns and staff pose in front of the Capitol Building on the final day of the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Photo by Francisco Guerra, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives

Internships are open to students and non-students alike. They can be from six weeks to one year, full- or part-time, though working at least fifteen to twenty hours per week is preferred. These are non-paying internships, but students in folklore, American studies, American history, music, library science or other fields may be able to arrange course credit for their work.

Specialized Internships

Rinzler Archives Summer Internship

The internship is ideal for students focusing on library and information science or archival studies. The selected intern will work with archives staff to apply collections management best practices in arranging, describing, and digitizing collections, which consist of papers, photographs, audio recordings, and audiovisual media. The intern may also work with content in our Digital Asset Management System and contribute to finding aids that meet current archival descriptive standards and are Encoded Archival Description compatible using ArchivesSpace (ASpace).

The intern will receive a $300 weekly stipend during the full-time, ten-week internship. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2019.

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Interns Kathryn Young (right) and Sara Manco (center) chat before the Welsh hymn singing at the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Photo by Walter Larrimore, Smithsonian Institution

How to Apply

To apply online, visit solaa.si.edu and create an account. After selecting Internship, specify the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and the programs or projects you are most interested in. You will be asked to upload supporting materials, including an essay, résumé, transcripts, and letters of recommendation.

The submission deadline for summer internships is March 15. There are no deadlines for getting applications in for the rest of the year. The completed application should be submitted at least six weeks before the start of the internship.

If you have questions, please contact intern coordinator Arlene Reiniger at ReinigerA@si.edu.

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