Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the non-profit record label of the national museum of the United States. Our mission is the legacy of Moses Asch, who founded Folkways Records in 1948 to document “people’s music,” spoken word, instruction, and sounds from around the world. The Smithsonian acquired Folkways from the Asch estate in 1987, and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has continued the Folkways commitment to cultural diversity, education, increased understanding, and lively engagement with the world of sound. The Smithsonian Folkways collection features more than 60,000 tracks (and growing), including famous songs (“This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie), well-known artists (Pete Seeger, Lead Belly, Doc Watson), children’s music, international music, and non-musical sound (poetry, sound effects, natural sounds). The music is distributed worldwide via CDs and vinyl records, digital downloads and streams, podcasts, lesson plans, and videos.
As a sales/marketing/licensing intern with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, you will work on a range of short-term and long-term projects, all supporting the mission of increasing the awareness and utilization of the collection. Every day is different – tasks may include researching and updating digital outlets, writing new content, delivering digital or physical formats to distributors, maintaining social media web sites, writing, designing, and sending promotional materials, shipping packages, researching for licensing opportunities, compiling press clippings, online market research, basic knowledge of image editing and organizing press and radio contacts. Supervisors work directly with you and assign tasks based on your strengths and organization needs. Interns are encouraged to be creative and incorporate their ideas into projects. Interns are encouraged to attend meetings and share opinions.
The internship program is year-round and can be full-time or part-time (20 hours/week minimum) for a minimum of six weeks. School credit can be earned, although the internship, like all Smithsonian Institution internships, is unpaid. Summer interns also assist in preparing for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The festival runs for 10 days during the last week of June and the first week of July. During that time, you may be asked to work longer hours and weekends. There are no specific requirements for an internship; all majors are encouraged to apply, however, we are looking for skills in the following areas: general music knowledge, writing, research, data analysis, computer programming, accounting/finance, graphic design, social media, web production, marketing.
The Smithsonian Folkways offices are located in Downtown Washington D.C, just off the National Mall. The office is very accessible by public transportation.
Submission deadline for Spring/Summer internships is February 14th; there are no deadlines for getting applications in for the rest of the year. The online internship application can be found at https://solaa.si.edu, and please specify the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage/Smithsonian Folkways. You will be asked to upload supporting material, such as an essay and resume.
To apply for this job please visit solaa.si.edu.