Remote Work: Paid Rinzler Archives Summer Intern, Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage

Job Opening Title: Rinzler Archives Summer Internship (paid)

Employer Name: Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Job Location: Virtual (for 2021)

Application Deadline: March 15, 2021

Salary Range: $700 per week for full time, 10-week internship

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Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: This internship in the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections is made possible through the generous support of the Scott and Dorothy Odell Internship Fund. The mentorship goals include working with archives staff to apply collections management best practices in arranging, describing, and digitizing collections, which consist of papers, photographs, audio recordings, audiovisual media, and managing digital assets. The intern may also work with connecting archival content in our Digital Asset Management System to the public and contribute to finding aids that meet current archival descriptive standards and are Encoded Archival Description compatible using ArchivesSpace (ASpace).

The internship can also be tailored to incorporate a research component exploring the intersections between archival policy and practice, collections care within a DEAI Framework (Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion), and the role and significance of the Center’s Shared Stewardship of Collections Policy. The collections include curatorial, ethnographic, and programmatic content associated with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the nonprofit record label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the work of our Cultural Sustainability team, and the efforts of our Research and Education department.

The deadline for the 2021 summer internship is March 15. The selected applicant will receive a stipend of $700/week for a full-time, ten-week internship. The 2021 internship will be conducted virtually in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

To apply online, visit and create an account. After selecting Internship, specify the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. You will be required to upload supporting materials, including an essay, résumé, transcripts, and letters of recommendation.

The submission deadline for summer internships is March 15. There are no deadlines for submitting applications for other seasons. The completed application is to be submitted at least six weeks before the start of the internship.

If you have questions, please contact intern coordinator Arlene Reiniger at