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Philadelphia Folklore Project Seeks Graduate Student for Ten-Week Paid Internship

Friday, March 8, 2013   (0 Comments)
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The Philadelphia Folklore Project, a 26-year-old public interest folklore organization, seeks a graduate student intern to conduct a 10-week folklife survey focused on refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar (Burma) and Iraq who have recently settled in South Philadelphia. The intern will build relationships and engagement with newcomer communities; document and assess folk arts and cultural resources in these communities by interviewing 30-40 individuals; prepare recorded materials, field notes, and supporting documentation for archival preservation and circulation in the community; author a report about the state of folk arts in the communities visited and offer recommendations for continued engagement with PFP; and plan and implement a public program for these refugee communities to share survey findings and consider next steps. Preference for someone with expertise in oral history, folklore, or anthropology; fieldwork experience; and knowledge of social justice and refugee communities. Second language and knowlege of relevant communities especially valued. This position is funded by the Samuel Fels Fund. The intern will meet with other Fels interns as part of the project.

The Philadelphia Folklore Project works for cultural equity and to sustain living cultural heritage in communities in our region. We identify local folk artists and support their artistic growth; produce public programs advancing folk artists and traditions significant to Philadelphia communities; develop education programs benefiting children and adults; and document outstanding practitioners and practices. (See for more information).

Salary: $6,000 for 10 weeks of work. Deadline for applications: April 15, 2013. Position to begin no later than June 3, 2012. The Philadelphia Folklore Project values diversity and we strongly encourage people of color and diverse workplace experiences to apply. Please send resume and letter of interest to Selina Morales, Associate Director, Philadelphia Folklore Project, 735 S. 50th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143:

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