Paid Internships in Folk Arts Program in New York State (3/12 deadline)

Applications are now being accepted for internships supported through the internship program of the New York State Council on the Arts and New York Folklore Society.  This year two internships are being offered, to be hosted by Arts Mid-Hudson and Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY).  Qualified applicants can apply for either of these internships, but not both.  Any student enrolled in a masters or doctoral graduate folklore program may apply.   Folklorists who graduated from a graduate folklore program in the past two years may also apply.   Interns 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 Arts Mid-Hudson internship is 10 weeks, 24 hours per week.  It will occur between late May and late September, 2018. The duration of the TAUNY internship is 10 weeks, 32 hours per week.  It will occur between mid-May and late August, 2018.   A stipend of $5000 will be provided for each of the internships.

A driver’s license and use of an automobile is required for these internships.

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 current 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. Following the internship, the intern and the host organization are required to submit a report evaluating the internship.

Applications must be received by Monday, March 12th and decisions about the successful candidates will be made by early April.  Applications must be submitted electronically to Robert Baron,  (please do not contact Arts Mid-Hudson or TAUNY for information about these internships).

Detailed descriptions of these internships appear below.


The Folk Arts Program of Arts Mid-Hudson carries out field research, programming and services for artists and organizations year-round under the leadership of its Folk Arts Program Manager.  It is located in Poughkeepsie and serves three counties located in the Mid-Hudson and Catskill regions.  This region includes small ethnically diverse cities as well as rural and suburban communities.

The intern will carry out field research for “Giving it Back”: a directory of folklife and traditional arts in the Mid-Hudson Valley.  This internship will also involve field research, program development and assistance with production of public programs carried out by the folk arts program and other organizations.  These include research and development of Arts Mid-Hudson’s One River, Many Streams folklife festival in Beacon, NY that will occur in September as well as research, development and production for the local Oaxacan community’s La Guelaguetza Festival in Poughkeepsie.  The intern will also assist with the implementation of a Latino/Hispanic Cultural Study in Kingston, NY.   During the internship there will be opportunities to visit folk arts programs and organizations located in Westchester, New York City and Long Island.

Speaking ability in Spanish is preferred.

Automobile mileage expenses incurred for internship projects while carrying out the internship will be reimbursed.



Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) is a folklife organization located in Canton, in New York State’s North Country.  It carries out ongoing field research and produces programming about regional, occupational, ethnic and Native American traditions in its region.  TAUNY’s facilities include a gallery with changing exhibitions, a performance space, shop with regional crafts and demonstration kitchen.

The intern will participate in fieldwork and the development of a 2019 exhibition and related public programs celebrating the 25th anniversary of TAUNY’s North Country Heritage Award (NCHA).  This program has documented and showcased over 100 individuals, groups and places representing northern New York heritage and living traditions.   During the internship the intern will do follow-up fieldwork on Heritage Award recipients and their descendants as well as 2018 awardees, produce 1 -2 public programs based on their research, develop an online calendar of NCHA events, write a blog reflecting upon their research and work on a draft of a content-rich map of NCHA recipients for the TAUNY website.

Automobile mileage expenses incurred for internship projects while carrying out the internship will be reimbursed.

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