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The aim of the SOHP Internship Program is to provide experiential education in the intellectual, organizational, and practical work of oral history at one of the nation’s most esteemed centers for oral history scholarship. This internship is designed in a three part structure that includes an organizational placement of “beat work”; a research project in which students learn to conduct interviews and engage with the practice of oral history; and participation in a weekly seminar. Evaluation will be based on thorough, responsible, and creative engagement in all aspects of the internship program. All interns will be asked to help develop our undergraduate programming through their ideas, feedback, and initiatives as well as to support SOHP projects and events as part of our team. Interns work a total of twelve hours per week (five hours of beat work, five hours on the project, and two hours of seminar) at the Love House. They will earn three hours of internship credit through the requirements of their home departments.

Three Components of the SOHP Internship:

The Project: Interns engage in an SOHP oral history project. The SOHP staff and graduate students will offer consistent mentorship, training, and support. Click here to hear some of the previous intern project interviews.

The Beat: Interns assist the SOHP in ongoing projects, outreach, communications, processing of interviews, and management of collection. For example, the interns regularly contribute to our blog, Field Notes, and help edit our podcast, Press Record.

Beats are typically divided into two categories: Collections Interns and Communications Interns. Collections Interns mine the archives and identify interviews in our collection to share with the public in celebration of historical events, anniversaries, and contemporary issues. Communications Interns use social media tools to promote the SOHP’s projects, collections, and events. We try to tailor our beats each semester to the strengths and interests of our interns.

The Seminar: Interns attend a weekly seminar which focuses on reflection and synthesis of the internship work as well as deepening academic understanding of oral history.

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Meet the Fall 2016 Interns!

(L-R) Kalycia Harrell, Grace Thorpe, Cami Goray, & Tony Liu

This fall, the Southern Oral History Program has four undergraduate interns performing different tasks for the organization as well as working on a research project on veterans. These interns provide an invaluable service to the SOHP, keeping the organization running smoothly and adding to the thousands of important interviews in our collection.

Kalycia Harrell is a senior from Macon, Georgia. She is pursuing a major in Women’s and Gender Studies and minors in African-American Studies and Spanish for the Legal Professions. She is currently the President of her sorority’s chapter Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, and she volunteers at McDougle Middle School with their after school programs. Because Kalycia is extremely passionate about social justice and very intrigued by the mission of the SOHP, she is excited to learn how minorities contributed to the history of the American South as well as helping forward the mission of the SOHP.

Grace Thorpe is a senior Women’s and Gender Studies Major and Studio Art Minor. She has always had an interest in history and is eager to become a more experienced oral historian. Grace is excited to work with the SOHP to learn more about the South through the exploration of a diverse collection of narratives.

Cami Goray is a junior from Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a History and prospective Information Sciences major. Cami is eager to listen to the stories and perspectives of the student veterans at UNC. She is excited to learn how oral history can be a tool for activism and to contribute to the SOHP.

Tony Liu is a senior at UNC studying Geography. He is interested in long-form audio storytelling and the power of compelling narrative. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his dog, Coco, drinking tea, and eating sunflower seeds.

Our interns are an interdisciplinary cohort of creative thinkers and sound practitioners of oral history. We encourage them to propose their own innovative ways to engage with oral history through performance, outreach, and education.