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Internship Stories - Virginia Siegel

Virginia Siegel

American Folklore Society


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For my summer internship, I interned at the American Folklore Society in Columbus, Ohio. As an intern, I was responsible for a variety of tasks pertaining to the website, the first of which included monitoring and updating the AFS Review/New in Review, calendar, and Career Center sections. A second major task for the summer included making updates to the website's Folklore Wiki page, a space where all AFS members can edit and add content on AFS's website. The third major task involved research for a potential project to be developed with the Wikipedia Education Foundation, a project that is still in the early stages. While I was able to visit AFS's office, the bulk of my internship work was completed remotely on the computer and via phone calls. Kaitlyn Berle, a fellow graduate student in the Folk Studies program, also interned at the American Folklore Society and much of the work I completed was in cooperation with her.

Interning for American Folklore Society was a great experience. I can see myself leading an organization or non-profit in the future and I always love opportunities to see how others organize and lead. This internship allowed me to see how an organization like the American Folklore Society maintains its membership, newsfeed, website, and more. In fact, I was even able to glimpse into the process of planning and coordinating the American Folklore Society annual meeting. I think these are valuable insights, especially for my own professional goals. This was certainly a wonderful addition to my educational experience at Western Kentucky University.

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