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:

Velocity is Seattle’s center dedicated to contemporary dance, and an essential incubator for new dance in our region. With artist-driven, community-responsive programming, Velocity provides vital resources and advocacy for one of the most active dance communities in the nation. Velocity’s programming includes classes, workshops, residencies, performances, discussions, and two annual international festivals. 

To celebrate how far we’ve come in our pandemic-altered landscape, we are expanding the traditional festival format into a full month of in-person and online experiences: Seattle Festival of Dance + Improvisation.

In the past, Velocity has offered two distinct dance festivals during the summer, Strictly Seattle and the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation. This year, SFD+I will offer creative process intensives, drop-ins, and beginning dance tracks with world-renowned faculty and exceptional local teachers, plus in-person events, and pop-up performances.

Velocity seeks TWO Summer Programming Intern(s) who will assist staff with the development, implementation and evaluation of SFD+I. Position will be developed with each intern to fulfill Velocity’s needs while also aligning with each individual’s expertise, skills and goals.

Please view the Velocity CCWD Programming Internship for details!

REDEFINE magazine is an independent publication dedicated to conscious growth through long-form arts journalism. Through interdisciplinary coverage, it shines light upon a rainbow spectrum⁠ of innovative thinkers and boundary-pushing artists, who engage in complex ruminations about self and society through their craft.

As the Interdisciplinary Arts Writer Intern, you will work closely with the Editor-in-Chief to research, identify, and write long-form interviews, reviews, or features that offer a deep and expansive view of the arts. Exact articles and focus areas will be custom-tailored to honor shared tastes between REDEFINE and the writer, though all coverage must adhere to REDEFINE's mission, focus on independent communities underrepresented in mainstream press, challenge the status quo, and contribute to positive social change.

Please view the redefine magazine CCWD Interdisciplinary Arts Writer Internship for details!

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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