Internships & Practica


The Oregon Folklife Network hosts student interns from the Folklore Program and the Arts and Administration Program. Students secure professional experience in fieldwork, non-profit management, public agencies networking and communications, and for-profit enterprising. Students choose a faculty supervisor from Folklore, AAD, or the Library, and placements may be local, working in the OFN office; or regional, conducting fieldwork alongside professional folklorists. By providing experiences that demonstrate current programming goals, the mission of the OFN, and the strengths and interests of graduate students, internship placements benefit interns, the organization, and Oregonians.

How it works:

1. Talk to OFN staff about your interests and/or project ideas—or consider working on one of our current projects.

2. Choose a faculty supervisor from Folklore, AAD, or the Library.

3. Paperwork varies by department and can be for an internship or practicum.

4. The work itself be local and involve working in the OFN office, or regional, conducting fieldwork alongside professional folklorists.

5. Possible projects– While learning abut the rich traditional arts and cultures in Oregon, interns and practicum students have opportunities to develop skills in the following areas:

  • web design
  • archiving, preservation, and documentation
  • film and new media
  • exhibit design
  • program development
  • non-profit management
  • social networking and community outreach
  • brand management
  • folk arts education


Examples of previous student projects:

Winter 2013 Practicum Students:

Maya Muñoz-Tobón, Rural Arts & Culture Map


State, Regional, and National Public Folklore Opportunities


Oregon Historical Society

Oregon Arts Commission



Northwest Folklife

Western Folklife

Western States Arts Federation



American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Center for Folklife Programs & Cultural Studies, Smithsonian Institution

Folk & Traditional Arts Program, National Endowment for the Arts

If you are interested in an internship or practicum opportunity, contact us:

Oregon Folklife Network (OFN)
242 Knight Library
6204 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-6204


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