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  • Apply Now for Rinzler Archives Summer Internship

    For the third year in a row, we are pleased to offer a funded summer internship in the Center’s Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, made possible through the generous support of Scott and Dorothy Odell. The internship is ideal for students focusing on library and information science or archival studies. The selected applicant will receive a $300 weekly stipend during the full-time, ten-week internship. The deadline to apply is February 28, 2018.

    The mentorship goals of this internship include working with archives staff to apply collections management best practices in arranging, describing, and digitizing collections, which consist of papers, photographs, audio recordings, and audiovisual media. The intern may also work with content in our Digital Asset Management System and contribute to finding aids that meet current archival descriptive standards and are Encoded Archival Description compatible using ArchivesSpace (ASpace). The collections include curatorial, ethnographic, and programmatic content associated with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

    To apply for the internship, visit and create an account or log in if you are a returning user. Select “Internship” and specify Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, then click on the link for “Rinzler Folklife Archives Summer Internship.”

    For questions about the internship, please email

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