Jobs, Internships & Research

Opportunities at Smithsonian Folkways


Employment vacancy announcements are posted here when available.

We are currently accepting applications for the following:

Director, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings


The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archive and Collection is open to visitors and researchers by appointment. To contact the Archives or schedule an appointment, please call 202.633.6438, or email


There are a number of opportunities for internships at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Internships can be from six weeks to one year, full-time or part-time, although working at least 15 to 20 hours per week is preferred. Internships are unpaid, but many schools give course credit. We are a cross between a record label and a museum so the experience is a mix of non-profit record business and applied ethnomusicology. Intern projects are generally in the areas of graphic design, marketing, mail order, recording production, and Web site production with tasks that include writing, social networking, research, mailings, and data compiling and organizing.

Submission deadline for summer internships is March 15; there are no deadlines for getting applications in for the rest of the year. The online internship application can be found at and please specify the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. You will be asked to upload supporting material such as an essay and resume.

The completed application should be submitted at least six weeks before the start of the internship.

Mentorship Program for a More Diverse Workplace

We encourage women of color, an underrepresented population at the Smithsonian, to apply for this opportunity to explore and discover cultural heritage and the role it plays in identity, family, and community. This program reflects the White House’s commitment to improve the role of minority women and girls in the workforce.

This program will allow interns to collaborate with various professionals and experience the work that goes on behind the scenes for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Cultural Heritage Policy, and other areas of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

A small stipend is offered for a commitment of at least one hundred hours during the fall and spring semesters. The mentorship takes place in our office in Washington, D.C.

More about the mentorship program

Graphic Design Internship

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is currently looking for a graphic design intern to assist in the design and layout of CD covers and liner notes booklets for a collection of world music albums. Applicants should be proficient in Adobe Creative Suite and have experience in graphic design, typography, and photoshop. A portfolio highlighting past projects is required. Interest in anthropology, ethnomusicology, or cultural studies is a plus.

How to apply: Submit your online application through SOLAA ( and please specify the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Application materials: Design portfolio, resume, statement of interest, academic transcript (official or unofficial), and two letters of recommendation. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Mary Monseur, Production Manager, Smithsonian Folkways at


Volunteers are very welcome at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, working on a number of projects in marketing, mail order, the archives, recording production, and adminstration. Please contact David Horgan at and Emily Hilliard at

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Smithsonian Institution
P.O. Box 37012, MRC 520
600 Maryland Ave., SW, Suite 2001
Washington, DC 20024 USA