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National Council for the Traditional Arts Offers Several Internships

Tuesday, March 25, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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The National Council for the Traditional Arts offers paid and unpaid internships including those with an administrative, production, media, or archival focus. NCTA's work centers on the presentation and documentation of music, dance, oral, occupational and craft traditions representing the nation's diverse cultural communities. For more information:

Program Administration Assistant/Internship: Diverse duties involve supporting a range of activities related to programming research, the development of program materials, marketing and promotion, fundraising, and event organization and management during a busy season of large-scale festivals, tours, and special projects. The Program Administration position will also be responsible for some general administrative and production support, press and photo archival management, website and social media updates, and database maintenance. This position will be of particular interest to those in American Studies, history, folklore, ethnomusicology, arts management, cultural anthropology and related fields. Strong writing skills are essential. Qualified applicants will be highly organized, hard working, detail-oriented, computer literate, and possess a genuine interest in the traditional arts. Some evenings, weekends, and travel required. Five-month position with stipend commencing June 1 through October 31. 

Production Assistant/Internship: The production assistant intern works directly with the Production Management team, and provides support in areas including production/technical coordination, event travel arrangements, and artist and staff communications. Qualified applicants will be energetic, highly organized, hard working, detail oriented, and a team player. Prior experience in music, concert production, theatre production or festival organization strongly preferred. Some evenings, weekends and travel required. Five-month position with stipend commencing June 1 through October 31.

Marketing/Media Internship: The media intern helps to manage the NCTA website and social media, and assists with the development of marketing and festival program materials. This is an unpaid internship.

Archive Preservation Internship: This position offers the opportunity to work on the organization of archival photographic, video and print materials and stabilization of endangered historical materials, and to be involved in the preservation, digitization and cataloging of the NCTA's extensive audio archive, an important collection of historic field recordings and festival, tour, and concert recordings that will be permanently housed at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The archive intern also assists with archival research and content development for the website. This is an unpaid position.

Qualified applicants for all positions will be energetic, highly organized, hard working, detail oriented, and team players. Internships with stipend are generally limited, and generally require a multi-month commitment. No housing provided. Some evenings, weekends and travel required.

Please send cover letter and resume to:

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8757 Georgia Avenue, Suite 450

Silver Spring, MD 20910

Fax: 301-565-0472

The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) is a private, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the presentation and documentation of folk and traditional arts in the United States. Founded in 1933, it is the nation's oldest multi-cultural producing and presenting organization. The programs of the Council celebrate and honor those arts that are deeply traditional - music, crafts, stories and dance passed down through time by families, communities, tribal, ethnic and occupational groups. NCTA stresses quality and authenticity in presenting folk artists to the public in concerts, national and international tours, festivals, radio and television programs, recordings, films and other programs.

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