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Work Study Students

Watering the Folk School's garden
Work Study Students live as a group at the Folk School for nine weeks. During the nine-week session they work five of the weeks and take weeklong classes for four of the weeks. They are also eligible for weekend classes on a space-available basis. Work Studies receive room and board during their stay and have access to the full range of classes listed in the catalog with tuition covered (note: materials fees are specific to each class and are the responsibility of the student).

We are currently accepting applications for the following sessions:

Session 1: January 13 - March 15 (deadline December 1)
Session 2: February 3 - April 5 (deadline December 1)
Session 3: March 17 - May 24 (deadline December 17)
Session 4: April 14 - June 27 (deadline January 14)
Session 5: May 19 - July 19 (deadline February 19)
Session 6: June 9 - August 9 (deadline March 9)
Session 7: July 21 - September 20 (deadline April 21)
Session 8: August 11 - October 11 (deadline May 11)
Session 9: September 22 - November 22 (deadline June 22)
Session 10: October 13 - December 13 (deadline July 13)

There are two Work Exchange options to choose from:

1) Garden Crew
Garden Crew work is mostly outdoors on the gardens and grounds, but there are other duties as well which may include weekends. Garden Crew participants must be in good physical condition and be able to perform occasional strenuous tasks in a variety of weather conditions.

2) Special Projects
Work Study students perform focused work to benefit the school or the campus. Information about these projects is updated on the website throughout the year. We are currently accepting work study applications for the following Special Projects:

Log House Museum Historical Display:
Work on restoring, researching historical accuracy of artifacts, signage, and installation of artifacts currently housed in the Log House Museum. The 19th century museum components were moved to the Folk School and rebuilt in 1926. The Log House Museum may be the first community-based effort at preservation of rural vernacular architecture, log or otherwise, in North Carolina. The two pen structure is covered with a continuous wood shingle gable roof, with the open dog-trot or breezeway between the pens. Both pens have half-dovetailed corner timbering. A fieldstone chimney stands at the gable end of one pen; the other features a mud-and-stick chimney with a base of V-notched logs, rebuilt in 1926 but apparently a feature original to the structure. It is one of three known mud-and-stick chimneys surviving in the state. The pens are detailed with board doors and shutters, wooden hinges, and puncheon floors. One of the pens served for a while as the residence of Georg Bidstrup.

Trail improvements and interpretive signage:
Work on keeping walking trails on the campus (Rivercane, Mill House, and White Oak Trails) in good condition by clearing overhanging vegetation and improving drainage and trail surfaces. Develop condition reports, develop procedures for annual maintenance and oversee current maintenance. Assist in development of interpretive and wayfinding signage on trails. Candidate should be in good physical condition and have some experience using hand tools related to trail work, and have basic chain saw, mower, and weedeater skills. Reports to Buildings and Ground Director.

Work to assist marketing staff with photography and/or video assignments to create a stock of images to use in promoting the Folk School via social media, and printed marketing and fundraising materials. Photograph the diversity of classes, Folk School events, weekly student activities, craft items, and the Folk School’s gorgeous campus. Prefer computer skills with proficiency in PhotoShop, digital photography, and use of natural light source. Will also edit, file, and organize photography. A Canon 5D is supplied, but student may use their own equipment if it is a full-frame SLR digital camera.

How to Apply

The online Work Study application is available here.

For more information about the Work Study Program click here.

The number of work study positions is limited. Please note that applicants not accepted into a session may be invited to reapply for a subsequent session. Applicants are generally selected and notified about three months before each session starts. Application fee is good for one year.

For more information on the Work Study Program, email bridget@folkschool.org. For more information on Special Projects, email Jerry Jackson, Director at jerry@folkschool.org.


The Folk School is an equal opportunity institution 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.


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