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Paid Internships at the AFC: Summer 2018

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Photograph of Peter Bartis and AFC Director, Betsy Peterson, holding a check for funds that Bartis donated to support paid internships at the American Folkife Center. 2017. Photo by Steve Winick.
Delivering a check to support paid internships: Peter Bartis with AFC Director, Betsy Peterson. 2017. Photo by Michelle Stefano.

For many years, interns have assisted American Folklife Center staff in a range of tasks and projects central to supporting our mission. While rewarding in experience and skill-building, these have always been volunteer opportunities. We are excited to announce that we now offer paid internships as well!

In summer 2018, the AFC at the Library of Congress will host its first two paid interns as part of a program established through a generous gift from the late AFC staff member Peter Bartis (1949 – 2017). These positions will introduce interns to the research collections at the AFC and the Library; help develop critical skills related to documentation, archival practice, and cultural heritage research and programs; build knowledge about the fields of folklore, ethnomusicology and oral history; and offer mentorship opportunities with senior folklorists and ethnomusicologists.

The AFC is excited to offer students and community members alike the chance to build professional experience in the domains of archival and programs-related work that our staff undertakes every day. For more information, and to apply, visit this link (included below as well if you’d prefer to cut and paste into a browser window). Applicants need to follow the link directly, as the AFC Bartis Folklife Internship will not appear in public searches on





Comments (2)

  1. Thank you Peter. You make me proud!

  2. Thank you, Peter!

    Young people will remember being an intern for the rest of their lives. Being an intern was the most meaningful work-related memory created between 11 years old (when I got my first paid job) and college graduation.

    My memories as an intern outshine all of my childhood jobs. Mowing lawns, raking leaves, planting flowers, cleaning houses, washing cars, walking babies, babysitting kids, selling lemonade at a puppet show in my backyard, cleaning cottages on a lake, handing out towels at a hotel, renting kiteboards and selling concessions on a beach, polishing floors at Kmart, selling glass bottom boat tickets and administrative work in an office didn’t hold a candle to being an intern at an organization that I felt made an important contribution to the world. Being an intern is an even more cherished childhood memory than being in a high school play and being in a play in the local theatre.

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