Northwest Folklife

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, based in 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.

All candidates must adhere to COVID-19 or any other current health and safety regulations. 

Internship Opportunities:

The Cultural Programs office at Seattle Center is seeking an enthusiastic team member who is interested in the production of and advocacy for cultural producers and community-powered cultural events. The Cultural Programs intern will refine their project management skills while working with Seattle Center staff and cultural festival producers/community organizers in one or more of these areas: research & reporting, marketing & communications, content creation, program development, production, and administration. 

Since 1972, Northwest Folklife (NWFL) has been creating opportunities for all to celebrate, share, and participate in the evolving cultural traditions of the Pacific Northwest. Since 2020, the CCWD (Cultural & Creative Workforce Development Program) has been integral to the City of Seattle’s inclusive creative economy strategy, offering paid career development experiences rooted in the foundational aspects of culture and creativity; working on a strengths-based, paradigm shifting platform for artists, creatives, and culture bearers to foster the potential they bring to any workplace.

View the full Seattle Center Cultural Programs CCWD Internship description.

If there are internships posted, please view the full descriptions for application instructions. 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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