Northwest Folklife / Youth and Family Programs Internship

February 28, 2019

Type: Internships

Fee: Free


Northwest Folklife Internship Program:
An Internship at Northwest Folklife will provide the experience you need to gain a career in educational programming, event coordination, festival programming, marketing, and a whole host of other fields. Interns at Northwest Folklife take on a significant role in executing year round programs at Northwest Folklife, including the Northwest Folklife Festival – the largest community powered arts festival in the region. Northwest Folklife Interns go on to find roles in the nonprofits arts sector in Seattle and beyond.

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. Availability on Mondays is preferable.
– All applicants must be able to commit to working Memorial Day weekend, (May 24 – 27, 2019) 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: Youth and Family Programs Intern

Internship Length: January 2019 – June 2019

Hours per week: 10-20

The Youth and Family Programs Internship is central to Northwest Folklife youth and family programs and events. This Intern plays a key role in ensuring smooth production and creating a mission driven programmatic schedule for youth and family specific programming at the Our Big Neighborhood program and the Northwest Folklife Festival. About Our Big Neighborhood: Presented by Northwest Folklife and Seattle Center, Our Big Neighborhood brings together local communities to showcase and celebrate families of the Northwest, introducing children in attendance to new cultures and traditions through a variety of participatory and performance educational and hands-on programs. This multicultural, intergenerational program includes live performances and interactive workshops that are geared toward families and children of all ages.

– Work with the programming staff on Northwest Folklife’s youth and family programs, which include scheduling artists and hands-on activities for the Discovery Zone at the annual Northwest Folklife Festival and assisting in the overall programming of 2019 Our Big Neighborhood events: Movin Around the World: Winter and Spring.
– Engage with volunteers and representatives of different ethnic, regional and occupational communities from the Pacific Northwest via email, the telephone and/or face to face.
– Assist with research and outreach for new communities, organizations, and artists to participate in Northwest Folklife programs.
– Complete tasks such as data entry, initiating and following up on correspondence, coordinating logistics for hands on activities, scheduling performers, and contract development.
– Write short articles for the festival program guide, blogs, and additional Festival publicity
– Assist in compiling submitted stage diagrams from performers for the Festival’s Stage Books
– Assist with programming logistics for the Our Big Neighborhood event in mid-April, including performer relations and hands on activity oversight.
– Alongside programming staff, oversee the Discovery Zone stage and activities during the Festival.
– Additional programming projects as needed.

Note this isn’t an exhaustive list, rather a snapshot of general duties. Responsibilities and tasks will change along with the needs of the team.

– Strong written and verbal 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 plus
– 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 and activities for a specific audience
– 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, nonprofit organizations, and production teams

To Apply:
Please attach your resume and cover letter to an email to with Programming Internship and your name in the subject line.