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Work Study Program


Watering the Folk School's garden
Applications will reopen for 2023 sessions starting in August 2022. Applications are closed for sessions occurring in 2022. For questions about the program, please reach out to workexchange@folkschool.org.

The Work Study program offers a unique opportunity for adults to learn, volunteer, and live at the Folk School. For example, Work Study students will participate in sessions lasting either 6 or 8 weeks long. During these sessions, half of the weeks are spent volunteering and half are spent taking weeklong classes.

Tuition is covered for classes taken as a part of the program. Students may request any class that occurs during their session after the first week of orientation.

Registration is based on class capacity and some classes fill months in advance. Materials fees are specific to each class and are the responsibility of the student.

Work Study students are provided housing and meals during their stay. A modest stipend is provided for weekends when the dining hall is closed.

Work Study students live in shared housing and may have a roommate. Local students may opt to stay at home and commute and receive the same meal and class benefits as on-campus participants.

Work Study students primarily volunteer in the garden and grounds with additional support in the dining hall. Garden and grounds duties can be physically strenuous and are performed in a variety of weather conditions. Schedules are variable week-to-week and could include an array of other miscellaneous duties as assigned. Occasionally we offer the opportunity for applicants to apply to work on special projects unrelated from Garden and Grounds. See below for our Archives-focused offering for summer/fall 2022 sessions.

Applications for our Work Study program are currently closed. For the latest information about session dates or how to apply, check this website, sign up for our eNewsletter, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

The Folk School is an equal opportunity organization and does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religious affiliation, nationality, or ethnic origin. All students must be at least 18 years of age.

During the summer/fall sessions of 2022, three participants will primarily focus on archives assignments during their work week.

The Work Study student selected to work in the Collections and Fain Archives (CAFA) at the Folk School will contribute to the important work of documenting the story of the school, people in its community, and its continuing legacy.

Tasks assigned may include:

Transcription of Oral Histories
Listening to audio recordings of interviews and typing the words out for archival records. Prior experience not necessary.

Data Entry/Digitization of materials
This includes photographing or scanning documents, historical photographs, and artifacts. From there objects are cataloged by entering data into the collection management system. The Folk School uses the Past Perfect collection management system. Prior experience not necessary.

Organization of materials
Many of our archival collections require further organization. Those interested in this phase of archival management will have the opportunity to work with special collections found nowhere else. Experience with archives, museum collections, and/or records management is preferred for anyone interested in working in this area of our archives.
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