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Work Study & Hosts

During the 2021 Work Study program, students will participate in the program for six to eight weeks while residing in private rooms in a common house at the Folk School. During the eight-week sessions they work four weeks and take weeklong classes for four weeks.

Students in the six-week session will work for three weeks and take weeklong classes for three weeks.

Both sessions are also eligible to take 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).

Local Work Study students within a short commute may choose to stay off campus and will receive the same meals as on-campus students.

We are currently accepting applications for the following sessions:

2021 Work Study Sessions

Session 1: April 25 - June 18, 2021
Session 2: June 20 - August 13, 2021
Session 3: August 15 - October 8, 2021
Session 4: October 10 - November 19, 2021

The deadline to apply for all sessions is March 15, 2021. Work Study students may share duties on the Garden and Grounds Crew and Services Support. The Garden and Grounds Crew works mostly outdoors on the gardens and grounds and may include other duties requiring weekend work.

Services Support consists of focused work to benefit the dining hall, registration, or programming staff to support operational and safety guidelines associated with COVID-19.

Work Study participants must be in good physical condition and be able to perform occasional strenuous tasks in a variety of weather conditions.

Work Study Application

While all applications are reviewed and considered, there is no guarantee that an applicant will be accepted into the Work Study program. Applicants are responsible for following-up with contacts to be sure they have submitted a reference.


Student Hosts

Student Hosts hold a unique position at the Folk School. Unlike the year-round staff who go home at night and the students who are here for only a week, hosts are involved in the daily life of the school for three to four months. The primary goal of the Host is to help students and instructors have a good experience during their time here. This is achieved through a combination of behind-the-scenes operations and direct engagement. Student Hosts have the unique opportunity to take a class every week. Some choose to explore a wide variety of media, while others focus on honing a specific skill. They develop relationships with students, staff, instructors, and community members, and make a lasting impact on us all.

We are currently looking for flexible and adaptable hosts to play an important role as we resume classes in May 2021. Host duties will vary throughout the year as we adjust to the changing public health situation. This year, hosts will help students adjust to being back on campus and help guide them through the week safely and comfortably. They will be thoroughly trained in our COVID safety procedures and will help walk students through new ways of being at the Folk School. Many aspects of the Folk School experience will be adapted to facilitate a safe experience and Student Hosts will serve as ambassadors, helping students learn and adjust to a new living, dining, and studio experience.

In a typical year, Student Hosts are responsible for attending, organizing and/or carrying out many of the duties listed in the job description linked below. In 2021, some of these activities will be canceled or greatly modified, especially in the first few months after reopening. Communal activities will resume only when it is safe to do so. Please read our full Covid-19 Safety Guidelines for more information.

Feel free to contact us at programming@folkschool.org with any questions. Read a complete description of responsibilities and requirements here: Student Host Job Description.

Session dates:
April 24 - July 17 (12 weeks)
Aril 24 - August 14 (16 weeks)
July 17 - October 9 (12 weeks)
August 14 - Dec 11 (17 Weeks)
October 9 - December 11 (9 Weeks)



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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John C. Campbell Folk School
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Brasstown, NC 28902

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