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New York State Folk Arts Programs Accepting Applications for Internships

Thursday, February 13, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez

Applications are now being accepted for internships supported through the internship program of the New York State Council on the Arts and New York Folklore. This year, two internships are being offered, to be hosted by City Lore in Manhattan and Long Island Traditions in Port Washington.

Applicants may submit only one application, indicating their preferred internship. Any student enrolled in a masters or doctoral graduate folklore program may apply. Folklorists who graduated from a graduate folklore program in the past two years may also apply.

Interns will be expected to undertake a special project linked to their learning program for graduate study which will also benefit the host organization. The duration of the Long Island Traditions internship is eight weeks, 40 hours per week. It will occur between May and July, 2020. The duration of the City Lore internship is ten weeks, 35 hours per week. It will occur between May and September 2020. A stipend of $5000 will be provided for each of the internships.

A driver’s license and use of an automobile is required for the Long Island Traditions internship.

To apply, submit a resume and a letter describing the potential benefits of the internship for the applicant’s career goals as a folklorist. For current graduate students, please reflect on the internship’s relationship to your graduate learning program. The application letter should also indicate how previous experiences in programming, field research, and/or administration would contribute to the organization hosting the internship. Following the internship, the intern and the host organization are required to submit a report evaluating the internship.

Applications must be received by Monday, March 9, and decisions about the successful candidates will be made by late March. Applications must be submitted electronically to Laurie Longfield (New York Folklore) at

***Please do not contact City Lore or Long Island Traditions for information about these internships. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Ellen McHale, Executive Director of New York Folklore, at

Detailed descriptions of these internships follow:

Long Island Traditions

Long Island Traditions is best known for its work in material culture documentation relating to the occupational heritage and traditions of the region comprised by Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Located in Port Washington, New York, it has strong programming related to vernacular architecture, maritime traditions, and documentation and programming related to Long Island’s diverse communities. It is led by founder and Executive Director, Nancy Solomon.

The intern will participate in the development of a self-guided cell phone tour that is a statewide initiative by Long Island Traditions. The intern will identify and develop a cell phone tour of their own that will be part of this statewide effort and will work with a video producer and with archival documentation, as well as pursue their own video, audio, and photographic documentation for incorporation in the cell phone tour. Pre-requisite skills include knowledge of basic sound and video editing programs, and some ethnographic fieldwork experience. A driver’s license and use of an automobile is required for this internship.

City Lore

City Lore’s mission is to foster New York City—and America’s—living cultural heritage through education and public programs. City Lore documents, presents, and advocates for New York City’s grassroots cultures to ensure their living legacy in stories and histories, places and traditions. The organization works in four cultural domains: urban folklore and history; preservation; arts education; and grassroots poetry traditions. Their vision is to further cultural equity and model a better world with projects as dynamic and diverse as New York City itself.

For an internship in June and July 2020, the intern will work with Folk Arts in Education professional, Amanda Dargan, and others, to help organize City Lore’s Roots, Routes & Rhythms Teacher Institute, to take place in late June and early July. The intern will conduct field research in African immigrant, Caribbean, and Indo-Caribbean neighborhoods (primarily in Queens) to identify traditional and community-based musicians that might participate in the program, and sites for potential Institute field trips. The intern will identify digital resources on African and African diaspora traditions for inclusion on web-based resources.

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