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LOC Offers 2018 AFC Bartis Folklife Internship (Paid)

Friday, March 2, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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The Library of Congress (LOC) invites applications for the 2018 American Folklife Center (AFC) Bartis Folklife Internship (two positions available), to take place this coming summer. United States citizens currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate school are invited to apply for consideration as an AFC paid intern, as are community scholars or other individuals with experience working in the heritage sector.

The American Folklife Center works to preserve and present folklife through programs of research, documentation, archival preservation, reference services, live performance, exhibitions, publications, and training. Established through a generous gift from the late AFC staff member Peter Bartis (1949–2017), the Folklife Internship will be an annual offering with a highly competitive selection process. The positions will provide professional development experiences related to documentation, archival practice, cultural heritage research, and programming; build participants’ knowledge about the fields of folklore, ethnomusicology, and archival practice; and offer mentorship opportunities with senior folklorists, ethnomusicologists, and archivists. An AFC staff supervisor will assign work on a specific project in accordance with the successful applicant’s qualifications and interests.

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.

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