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Folk Studies Internship Stories

Internship Stories

Learn about the cool internships that our students have done!


Folk Studies graduate students at WKU take internships with professional folklorists. Internship activities do many things for the intellectual and professional development of our students and help to ensure that WKU grads continue their fantastic record of success in finding employment in the profession. Here are some of their internship stories.


The graduate students who completed an internship in 2011: Alison, Janice, Sarah, Katherine, Katie, Molly, and Rachel.  Check out their internship stories on the right!

Click on the names below to learn what our recent  students have been up to!


Devin Payne Serke, 2013

Farmington Historic Plantation


Bess McHone, 2013

Louisville Slugger Museum


Lilli Tichinin, 2013

Kentucky Folklife Program


Kaitlyn Markert, 2013

The Smithsonian Institute's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage


Samantha Bruer, 2013

The Metropolitan Historical Commission of Nashville and Davidson County


Lacey Cornell, 2013

Community Farmers Market & Food for All Community Garden


Jack LeSieur, 2013

The Kentucky Museum


Barbara Ogbonna, 2012
the Frontier Culture Museum


Rebekah Lyons, 2012
An Taisce, the National Trust for Ireland


Caitlin Coad, 2012
LA Commons


Ginger Brothers, 2012
Museum of the Shanandoah Valley


Hope Hawkins, 2012
Mammoth Cave National Park, Archives, 2012


Alison McDaniel, 2011
Locust Grove 


Molly Bolick, 2011
Pennsylvania Folklife Archives


Janice Crane, 2011
Allen County Folklife and Oral History Project 


Sarah McCartt-Jackson, 2011
Allen County Folklife and Oral History Project


Katherine Chappell, 2011
Manuscripts & Folklife Archives of the Kentucky Library & Museum 


Katie Wynn, 2011
Vermont Folklife Center


Rachel Hopkin, 2011
Elkmont Oral History Project (EOHP) & the Allen County Folklife and Oral History Project (ACFP)


Candice L. Hayes Atchley, 2010
Lost River Cave and Valley


Alexia Ault, 2010
The Kentucky LIbrary and Museum


Suzanne Barber, 2010


Sara Dockery, 2010
The Kentucky Folklife Archives


Amanda Hardeman, 2010
The Folk School of St. Louis


Jennifer Jameson, 2010
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival


Rashae Jennings, 2010
The Shaker Museum at South Union


Kristen Bradley, 2009
Shaker Museum at South Union


Cynthia Cotton, 2009
MacLachlan Woodworking Museum


Matt Hale, 2009
Kentucky Folklife Program, Kentucky Historical Society


Rebecca Karr, 2009
Records Management Intern for the National Park Service


David Puglia, 2009
Folklife Archives, Kentucky Library


Marian Robbins, 2009
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum


Janine Criswell, 2008


Nadia De Leon, 2008
Cumberland Trace Elementary School


Nicholas Hartmann, 2008
Traditional Arts Indiana


Alisha Martin, 2008
Train Museum and Historic Railroad Park at the L&N Depot


Michael Mathews, 2008
Bureau of Land Management Office Billings, Montana


Alice Shaughnessy-Begay, BSM, RN, 2008
WKU College of Nursing


Clinton Shurtz, 2008
Kentucky Oral History Commission


Tonya Taylor, 2008
University of Utah

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