Oregon Folklife Network

University Students

OFN helps to educate the next generation of public folklorists. Our staff encourages student involvement in our mission to make a meaningful difference in Oregon communities and Tribes by documenting, supporting, and celebrating our diverse cultural traditions and by empowering tradition-bearers. The OFN has a wide range of possibilities for involvement, including internships, practica, and fieldwork opportunities.

Internships and Practica

The Oregon Folklife Network hosts interns from across UO and beyond. Student interns gain professional experience in folklore fieldwork, public programming, communications, exhibit curation, research, and more. OFN also provides a pipeline for internships with our state and regional partners. Hands-on experience at OFN and with partners benefit interns, the University of Oregon, residents of the state, and Oregon as a whole.

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

Master’s Degree in Public Sector Folklore

The University of Oregon Folklore Program offers a Master’s Degree in public folklore for students with an interest in the public sector. Most of the courses required for the Public Sector track are open to all graduate students.