Feb 8, 2009

Volunteer Summer Internships at the Wales Smithsonian Cymru 2009 program of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

A message from Betty Belanus:-

I would like the members of Americymru who are at university or know a young person who might wish to know, about the opportunity to participate in our internship program this summer. A similar announcement has been made across Wales for students there, but we would also like to make stateside (and Canadian) students aware of the opportunity. Unfortunately the internships are not supported by stipends (we wish!) but we get many applicants anyway, and I would like to consider those with Welsh connections first, as I know they will have some prior knowledge of the culture and might be interested in the opportunity to learn more.

As soon as our Festival Volunteer Coordinator comes on, I will send along information for the broader opportunity to volunteer for the event as well, this should be available in a month or so.

The following is a brief description and information for obtaining more information:

Volunteer Summer Internships at the Wales Smithsonian Cymru 2009 program of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

University or post-graduate students with a strong interest and/or background in Welsh culture are encouraged to apply for unpaid internships at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage to work with the organizers of the Wales program for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Period of internship is negotiable, to include at minimum the two weeks of the Festival, June 24 - July 5. Duties may include helping set up displays, working with participants to obtain supplies and materials for demonstrations, helping keep Festival schedules updated, and other duties to be discussed with the Festival staff. For more information about the Center and the Festival, see www.folklife.si.edu For more information about internships, or to obtain the link to the on-line application, please contact Arlene Reiniger, Intern Coordinator, at reinigera@si.edu Deadline for stateside interns is March 15. Welsh-based candidates have been solicited directly from Welsh unversities, but if additional students based in Wales would like to be considered, please get in touch ASAP, as visa requirements and other necessary arrangements take longer to process for overseas students.

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