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Paid Internship in New York State Folk Arts Program Now Available

Saturday, February 6, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shannon K. Larson
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Applications are now being accepted for an internship supported through the internship program of the New York State Council on the Arts and New York Folklore Society. This year, the internship will be hosted by the the Folklife Program of Staten Island Arts. A folklore graduate student selected for the internship 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 internship is 8 - 10 weeks, 30 – 40 hours per week.  It will occur between June and September 2016.  A stipend of $5000 will be provided. The stipend amount covers the intern’s fee, lodging expenses, and all travel, including travel required for carrying out internship projects, and travel to and from New York City at the beginning and end of the internship. No additional funding will be provided to the intern.  

The Folklife Program of Staten Island Arts (SIA) carries out field research, programming and services for artists and organizations year-round under the leadership of its Director of Folklife. Staten Island, with a population of over 470,000, is a borough of New York City with substantial African, African American, Asian American, European Ethnic and Latino communities as well as deeply rooted maritime traditions. It mounts exhibitions and presents public programs in its gallery space in the St. George Ferry Terminal and at other venues throughout the borough.  

This internship will involve field research, program planning and project implementation for the Working Waterfront Project along with other ongoing public programs. This project explores intergenerational maritime traditions as well as the folklife of new immigrant communities who immigrated from coastal regions and other places with waterways traditions. Programming will feature material culture, music, foodways and personal narratives. Programs occurring over the next year include an exhibition, planning of a conference on the Erie Canal and New York City waterfront and the development of cultural tourism initiatives associated with forthcoming large scale waterfront development plans. The intern will carry out fieldwork of an occupational or ethnic community involved in the Working Waterfront initiatives that will contribute to the development of programming. This internship will also involve processing new archival material and development of improvements to the SIA folklife digital and hard copy archives.  

The internship will include an introduction to the work of SIA and meetings with each staff member.  Opportunities will be provided to visit other folklife programs in the New York metropolitan area and attend traditional festivals and celebrations in New York City.

Applicants must be students currently enrolled in a folklore graduate program, or folklorists who have completed a folklore graduate program within the past two years.  Following the internship, the intern and the SIA Folklife Program will be expected to submit a report evaluating the 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 and, for graduate students, its relationship to her or his graduate learning program. The application letter should also indicate how previous experiences in programming, field research and/or administration would contribute to an organization hosting the internship. The letter should also indicate any previous experience in archiving and/or digital content management.

A driver’s license and use of an automobile will be helpful for the internship but is not required.

Applications must be received by Tuesday, March 1st and a decision about the successful candidate will be made by mid-March. Applications must be submitted electronically to Robert Baron, (please do not contact the SIA Folklife Program for information about this internship).

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