Volunteer Opportunities

Harrisonburg International Festival is again asking for your help as we gear up for our 20th celebration taking place on September 30, 2017. We are looking for volunteers to help organize, coordinate, and staff the various facets of this wonderful event, and you can be part of it! We are looking for team leaders and/or general helpers in roles with varying levels of commitment and responsibilities. If you are ready to say "yes, count me in", contact Heidi Jablonski -Volunteer Coordinator- at volunteerhif@fairfieldcenter.org and let her know about your interest.  Or sign up at https://signup.com/group/126200132042

Planning Committee Meetings

If you’re interested in volunteering and you haven’t as yet been to our planning committee meetings check the following dates and connect to a specific area of the Festival:


  • Tuesday June 13th & June 28th.
  • Tuesday July 16th & July 26th.
  • Tuesday August 9th & August 27th. 
  • September (Once a week until the Festival takes place) 

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Westover Park
305 South Dogwood Dr. 
Harrisonburg, VA
Craft Room # 2

Internship Opportunities

The Harrisonburg International Festival (HIF) seeks to give interns hands-on experience in civic engagement, event planning, marketing, fundraising, community organizing, and cultural and language education. The Festival will connect interns with a broader field of work to develop a variety of organizational and interpersonal skills.

Every semester HIF’s new interns are placed to support one or more key areas of the planning of every year’s Festival celebration and support the work of our umbrella organization, FairField Center.  They collaborate with event planning, communications, marketing, logistics, establishing relationships with food and art vendors in the Harrisonburg area, booking the performances for main and secondary stage, organizing the children’s activities, among other related tasks. Interns will have the opportunity to share their own personal reflections about our food, art, and cultural diversity in HIF’s interns’ blog.

For more information about how to intern with the Festival, please contact Alan Qambari at internationalfestival@fairfieldcenter.org.

HIF hopes to provide unique mentoring opportunities and encourage this generation to contribute to the planning of a wonderful event, our cultural education, and the well-being of our community.

Application Instructions

HIF under the umbrella of the FairField Center will work with students to arrange for university credit or practice opportunities. In order to be considered for an internship, HIF needs the following materials:

  1. A short letter of interest in which you state:
  • Why you want to intern at the Harrisonburg International Festival
  • Your specific dates of availability
  • That you understand the internship is unpaid
  1. Resume
  2. Academic advisor's recommendation if applicable  

Please submit all application material to internationalfestival@fairfieldcenter.org indicating your name and the word “intern” in the subject line. Don't hesitate to contact us if you need additional information.