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Interns at our 2019 conference in Montréal, Canada. Photo by Morten Fog.

Internships at Folk Alliance International

Internship Program

Folk Alliance International is pleased to provide paid internship opportunities as on the-job training, course-related practical experience, and professional development for college students who are interested in the music industry, folk music community, event planning, and arts administration.


Applications for our Communications and Graphic Design internships will be opening on February 27, 2020.


Intern Testimonials

Jonathan Winston, 2017 Summer Intern

"Due to a lack of prior experience with the unique folk music genre and culture, when I learned of the opportunity to intern with Folk Alliance International, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. However, upon my initial arrival at Folk Alliance’s headquarters, I instantly felt at home. Their respect for one another, combined with their professionalism and expertise, were amazing examples to admire as well as learn from. Through sitting in on meetings held daily by fellow co-workers, watching their individual skills work together collectively, and observing the hierarchal machinery of the organization, I would come to have a greater respect for the power of teamwork. On a daily basis, I was responsible for many different types of office tasks and duties, ranging from creating very important spreadsheets to working with my boss on various projects, all of which strengthened the skillset I’ll use to become an effective public administrator. I consider my time at Folk Alliance International to be an incredibly inspiring and educational aspect of my personal and professional journey, and I made some connections in the process that I’ll never forget."

Anthony Hancock, 2016 Fall Intern

"Having the opportunity to work as an intern with Folk Alliance International provided me with a world of experience to help further my career goals. Throughout my time as an intern, I was able to work directly with the Communications Manager and gain exposure to crafting press releases, working on social media and gaining experience in an industry I never thought I would have the chance to work in. Working on an international music conference can be a stressful situation but the staff made every moment enjoyable and made it a point to involve me in every step of the process. I’ve had multiple internships in the past and I can honestly say that my internship with Folk Alliance was truly amazing and prepared me the most for the next steps in my journey to becoming a Public Relations Specialist."

Andrew Beach, 2016 Fall Intern

"The experience and knowledge I obtained at Folk Alliance was invaluable. I had the privilege of seeing first hand how a non-profit works and thrives. While interning I was able to experience and work on many different projects with multiple co-workers using research, data input and design. I was also able to work and meet with local businesses in which I learned and bettered my communications skills. Putting on a music conference of this size takes a lot of teamwork and dedications and I was very fortunate to have had the privilege of working with the great team at Folk Alliance."

Marisa Kolka, 2016 Summer Intern

"Interning at Folk Alliance was a great start for my career! As a public relations major, I love social media, and at FAI I was able to get a lot of experience in that area, along with a ton of other things. Planning a huge folk music conference is no easy task! Everyone in the office was very welcoming, and I felt immediately a part of the team. My opinions were respected and valued, and working with a folk music organization is just incredibly awesome! I'm super excited to return for the conference!"

Breanne Jacobs, 2016 Summer Intern

"Interning at Folk Alliance was one of the greatest experiences I've had thus far. I've learned so much about the music industry, running a non-profit organization, and planning a huge music conference. I've also become a pro at creating Excel spreadsheets! The people in this office are some of the nicest people I have ever met and they made the office so comfortable and welcoming. I couldn't have asked for a better way to spend my summer!"

Eric Schumacher, 2015 Fall/2016 Winter Intern

"The best part of interning for FAI was the exposure to a vibrant and dedicated culture of musicians, presenters, managers, and other industry professionals. The conference itself was one of the best experiences of my life. I also had the chance to observe and learn about management on all levels, from membership data management to strategic planning. I had the opportunity to contribute to grants management, event planning, and even learned more about web design than I ever thought I would. Interning at FAI really means getting firsthand experience in non-profit or arts management in a truly one-of-a-kind organization."

Leah Watts, 2015 Summer Intern

"My name is Leah Watts and I was the Summer 2015 Intern at Folk Alliance International. I am currently finishing up my Music Education Degree at Kansas State University along with minors in leadership and business. My internship at Folk Alliance International taught me about working with a non-profit organization, working within the music industry, and the process of putting on one of the most educational folk music conferences. I also learned more about the simple tasks that have to occur within the office to keep a successful non-profit organization running. As you can see, I gained so much through my internship at Folk Alliance International, and made some connections that I couldn’t have made anywhere else!"

Sarah Bustamante, 2014 Fall/2015 Spring Intern

"My name is Sarah Bustamante, and I recently graduated UMKC with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. As an intern at Folk Alliance, I gained a valuable experience with exceptionally pleasant people. From working on a team to realizing my ability to assemble IKEA appliances, I learned a variety of things about myself and my capabilities. But, the most important thing I gained from Folk Alliance was the opportunity to work with some of the nicest people I've ever met." 

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