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 histories (ideally in correlation to the SOHP’s core research activities), and participation in the weekly intern seminar. Evaluation will be based on complete, 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 parts of the SOHP Internship:
The Project: SOHP interns engage in an SOHP oral history project. The SOHP staff and grduate students will offer consistent mentorship, training, and space for reflection and synthesis.
The Beat: Interns assist the SOHP in ongoing projects, outreach, communications, and processing of interviews and management of collection.
The Seminar: A weekly seminar focused on reflection and synthesis of the internship work, as well as deepening academic understanding of oral history.
Meet the Fall 2014 SOHP interns!
This fall, the Southern Oral History Program has four undergraduate interns performing different tasks for the organization, as well as conducting a research project on women’s activism at UNC. 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.
Rachel Worsham is a senior from Charlotte, NC double majoring in History and Peace, War, and Defense with a minor in Public Relations. When not at school, she enjoys watching the Food Network and spending time outside. She is proud to be from the South, and is excited to dig deeper into its history and peoples!
David Farrow is a sophomore from Charlotte, NC interested in History and Public Policy. He is an active collegiate debater in the American Parliamentary Debate Association and a coach of high school congressional debate. David is excited by the prospect of attaching a human face (and voice) to the history of the South.
Megan Cross is a sophomore from Raleigh, NC interested in Peace, War and Defense and possibly the Business and Entrepreneurship minors. She enjoys exploring the South, eating new foods, and watching House Hunters International. Megan is moved by the power of stories, and is excited to learn more about the place we call home.
Grace Harvey is senior English major and Creative Writing minor from Raleigh, NC. She enjoys reading James Baldwin, shooting hoops, and night drives. She is currently learning bass and rugby. She is especially excited to think more about collective cultural memory and advocate for alternative Southern canons.
A special thank you to graduate student Taylor Livingston for her work with the undergraduate interns. Thank you to all interns for their important work, and we look forward to working with them this semester!
Goals of the SOHP Internship:
The aim of the SOHP Internship Program is to provide UNC Chapel Hill undergraduates with 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.
Each intern will participate in a weekly seminar on the art and method of oral history, undertake an oral history research project, and support the SOHP through their assigned “beat.” 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.
Our interns play a crucial part in the day-to-day operations of the SOHP through their “beats.” We strive to place interns in beats that allow them to use their talents and experiences, and acquire or hone skills that are transferable to scholarly and professional work in many fields. The beats involve work in: website development, social media management, public relations, publications, creative initiatives, collection management, and community outreach. We try to tailor our beats each semester to the strengths and interests of our interns. Below are sample descriptions of student beats.
Collections Intern: Mining the Archive
Identify interviews in our collection to share with the public in celebration of historical events, anniversaries, and contemporary issues; showcase unique archival “finds” and spotlight relevant interview series or evocative moments in interviews.
Communications Intern: Representing the SOHP
Use social media tools to promote the SOHP’s projects, collections, and events, and to connect SOHP with individuals and groups through emails, blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. Write op-eds and articles for local media as needed and as appropriate.
SOHP Support Intern: Event Planning and Program Development
Work alongside SOHP Director Malinda Maynor Lowery and Associate Director Rachel Seidman throughout the semester to support event planning and fundraising.
Undergraduate and Campus Initiatives Intern
Lead and initiate event planning for a broad spectrum of gatherings that will support, engage, and ignite burgeoning oral history interests among undergraduate students across campus and beyond.