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American Folklife Center: Research Awards, Fellowships and Funded Internships

Information about American Folklife Center Internship Program (Bartis Award) and application instructions.

American Folklife Center Internship Program

Established in 2019 with initial seed support from former AFC staff member Peter Bartis (1949-2017), the American Folklife Center Internship Program Fund supports two interns per year to work with staff at the AFC on individualized projects related to the collections and work of the AFC.


Man holding musical instrument (bouzouki) surrounded by instructor and instructor’s family.
Jonas Dovydenas, photographer. Folklorist Peter Bartis takes a bouzouki lesson with John Georganas and family during the Chicago Ethnic Arts Project. 1977. American Folklife Center.

The program offers professional development experiences, introduces interns to the research collections at the American Folklife Center (and the Library), develops critical skills related to documentation, archival practice, and cultural heritage research and programs. Paid summer internships offer salary at the GS-3 level for 10-week long experiences, and individuals apply through an open competitive process. Application Deadline for the American Folklife Center Internship Program is March 1, 2024. For more detailed information and application instructions, see American Folklife Center Internships Program. For direct access to the application on USAjobs, go to the vacancy announcement.

To learn more about other internships and opportunities available throughout the Library of Congress, visit Library of Congress Internships and Fellowships-Opportunities. For information on previous Folklife Center interns, see Folklife Today articles First Round of Bartis Folklife Interns and New Faces at AFC: Staff and Interns.