Northwest Folkife

Cultural & Creative Workforce Development Internships

Northwest Folklife, in collaboration with the Office of Economic Development and the Office of Arts and Culture, has developed an internship program that provides paid internships for Seattle’s young creatives. The Cultural and Creative Workforce Development Program (CCWD) provides opportunities to develop skills and connections within the Creative Industries and cultural sector. 

About the Cultural and Creative Workforce Development Program (CCWD):

  • Internships range from 12-24 weeks long and are designed to give young people hands-on training in various creative fields

  • Interns work 10-14 hours a week at their internship sites and participate in 1-2 hours of CCWD program activities

  • Internships are generally open to individuals aged 16-26 years, from Seattle and surrounding communities (some positions may have more specific age requirements)

  • Our approach is collaborative and community driven. Partners and sites are prioritized by their grounding in community development as well as their commitment to building a more equitable cultural and creative ecosystem

The program aims to:

  • Offer experience and mentorship in a wide range of cultural and creative jobs

  • Develop creative assets

  • Build peer and professional networks

  • Imagine and shape the Creative Industries, cultural ecosystem, and evolving economy

  • Celebrate creativity and culture as essential to thriving communities

  • Highlight the passion and initiative of young creatives


We are excited to support emerging voices and ideas within our communities and provide meaningful career development experiences.

Please note: Right now most internships will be done remotely. As we move through different phases of re-opening, host sites will communicate with the program manager and interns regarding the planning and safety measures for return to in-person work.

All candidates must adhere to COVID-19 health and safety regulations. As of December 5, all CCWD program participants and site partners will be subject to the City of Seattle COVID vaccination requirements for contractors.

All Applications must be accompanied by a completed Creative Force Intern Intake form.

Internship Opportunities:

King County Equity Now (KCEN) is a pro-Black community-led organization dedicated to building collective Black power and achieving equity (ownership) for Black communities across all measurable metrics, e.g., wealth, land and home ownership, education rates, birth rates, healthcare, organizational control, etc. We call out and address anti-Black racism at every level, in every sector.

The Media Production Assistant Intern will work closely with the Media Assistant and Media Director to support the media team and other production responsibilities on King County Equity Now’s Media Team. The Intern will be offered training, shadowing, mentorship, and other learning opportunities.

The mission of Onyx is to give greater visibility and opportunities to artists of African descent. For 15 years our annual fine art exhibits have showcased works by artists of African descent living in the Pacific Northwest communities.

This position supports Onyx in keeping their social media and other digital marketing. The ideal intern will be creative, adaptable, and offer unique, fun ways to continue marketing Onyx to broader audiences.

If you are interested in careers focused on cultural or creative work and would like to be notified when internship opportunities are posted, please send an introductory statement (1-2 paragraphs). Please email all content to

  • Describe your interest in this type of work

  • You can list any programs that you have participated in that you feel are relevant.

  • You may include a sample of your original creative content (optional)


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