The Program

All year round, there is a limited number of volunteer internships that the American Folklife Center has. These volunteer internships accepts individuals who are usually assigned to work with the collections in the archive and the Veterans History Project. These internships, however, do not have stipends but if you are a person who still trying to figure out what career to pursue, this can be particularly useful to obtain necesary experience for other professions. Students who work as interns may arrange with their schools to get credits which they could use in the academe.

The Center’s Volunteer Internship Program goals

The center’s goals usually revolve in four things:

  1. It is the center’s goal to be able to provide educational experience for career training particularly in folklife, ethnomusicology, anthropology, American studies, library science and other areas related to this;
  2. To be able to provide in-depth exposure to the fields mentioned above, focusing on folklife, collections of the Archive of Folk. Culture, as well as the processes involving collection, preservation and presentation;
  3. To organize and structure activities which can produce concrete results which would then, benefit the intern, as well, as the Center itself;
  4. And lastly, to build networks with the future generations of professionals who have the same concern with the center which are folklife. ethnomusicology, and archives.

While the interns are working within the center, they can participate with various activities of the American Folklife Center. They can immerse themselves with the reference, processing, digital preservation and events. Usually, these activities include compiling finding aids which may be specific subject areas in the archive’s collections, making it easier for people to locate certain materials by organizing and labelling collections which are for preservation and storage, and helping out in keeping all these collection of files in various subjects and collections. Interns can also involve themselves in researching and assisting on special projects amd events.


Requirements are as follows:

  1. can work and commit to the 200-hour minimum
  2. has a personal interest with the subjects covered by the cenetr like folklife, ehtnomusicology, American studies and/or related studies
  3. interested in working in an archive
  4. has prior experience in working in an archive or library

The volunteer internship accepts individuals who would want to work for full-time or part time; however, there is a preferred minimum of two full days a week. There is no work for weekedays, evernings nor weekends.

Also, the internship is limited to US citizens only and possessing a green. ard will not suffice. It is possible though for foreign students who has completed a university degree in a US constitution to volunteer. They can volunteer for part or all of the year after completing their degree.

Professional librarians from foreign countries can also work at the library congress but not as an an intern but on a professional exchange and in an unpaid position.

The Application

If you are interested, send your resume and cover letter via email. Address it to Ann Hoog, Folklife Specialist to Make sure to include a working phone number where you may be reached. Also, don’t forget to indicate your preferred dates on which you would want to schedule your internship.

There is no deadline in the submissions of applications; however, if is recommended to apply at least two months in advance from which you would want to begin your internship.

For further inquiries regarding this, you may contact Ann Hoog by calling (202) 707-4428 or send an email to the email above.