Oregon Folklife Network

Career, Training, and Student Opportunities

OFN provides a range of professional development and career building opportunities that benefit folklorists from students to retirees. Undergraduate and graduate students have options for unpaid, credit-bearing Internships and Practica, or paid Work Study and Graduate Employment. Recent graduates with their MA in Folklore can apply for a one-term Fellowships. OFN also pays professionals at every career stage, from veteran folklorists to emerging professionals, for paid contract Fieldwork around the state. OFN has an outstanding track record for job placement.


1—FisherPoets fieldwork (1-credit, Winter term)

Join the Oregon Folklife Network as we journey to coastal Astoria, Oregon at the end of each February to document the FisherPoet Gathering. Students interview these commercial fishermen and women who celebrate their occupational tradition in poetry, prose, and song as well as visual art. Students use their documentation skills to photograph performances and interview fisherpoets and then write up their reflections on this special event that bills itself as "for commercial fishermen, by commercial fishermen."

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2—Shadow a professional fieldworker, (1-credit, variable term)

OFN takes students into the field to accompany a professional contract folklorist as they meet and interview folk and traditional artists in the course of conducting our statewide survey. Learn how fieldwork opportunities unfold in the field. Try out your interview, photography, and audio recording skills with helpful guidance. Develop meaningful relationships with mentors who are among the finest independent folklorists in the profession.

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Practica (variable credit, all terms, renewable)

OFN is a popular practicum site for earning professional experience and college credit. Conveniently located in Knight Library on the UO campus (Eugene), students can support OFN programs while learning relevant skills. We meet with students prior to registration to explore special projects we can tailor to their learning goals while anchoring very practically to our project portfolio (exhibits, project coordination, grantwriting, for example). Further opportunities can be leveraged by plugging into our partner network of statewide and community arts and culture organizations conducting research and public programming all around Oregon.

Graduate Employee (paid, 9-month)

OFN partners with academic units like Folklore and Anthropology to place their graduate students in meaningful employment opportunities in our office. Funding comes from academic units or colleges, so check with your graduate director or faculty advisor to see if you are eligible for a GE position at OFN.

Fellowships (paid, 1-term)

OFN partners with the Folklore Program to nominate a recent graduate with an MA in Folklore for a one-term, paid position working at OFN. Selected nominees have typically served multiple terms at OFN during their graduate studies and are highly familiar with the organization. Graduates are only eligible for a fellowship for the single term directly following their term of graduation.

Work Study (all terms, renewable, paid)

When funding is available, OFN offers work study opportunities to UO students of all majors and all levels. Positions are determined by OFN programming needs. Past examples include video editing, database management, and event coordination.

Contract Fieldwork (paid, as available)

Contract positions target veteran, emerging, and mid-career folklorists. They are typically announced in Fall or Winter on UO-Folk and Publore listserves for Spring contracts connected to our stateside, regional survey.