Our interns have become an essential part of what we do here at the Southern Oral History Program. Meet this semester’s interns!
Here’s how it works:
Each intern placement will include an organizational role (or ‘beat’); an oral history research project; and participation in the weekly seminar. All interns help to develop our undergraduate programs and participate in SOHP events.
Each intern will conduct two interviews for an SOHP oral history project. The weekly seminars provide training in the art and methods of oral history, as well as space for reflection, synthesis, and analysis. Our interns are an interdisciplinary cohort of creative thinkers and sound practitioners of oral history. We encourage proposals for 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 the beats our five interns worked in the Spring 2013 semester:
Identify interviews in our collection to spotlight on our website and in presentations, publications, and educational materials. Generate audio excerpts and interpretive content. Work with Communications and Public Relations interns to bring the “gems” in our collection to a broad audience.
Campus communications and Undergraduate Engagement
Lead workshops and trainings for undergraduates and assist the Undergraduate Initiatives Coordinator with outreach and programs. Help to connect the SOHP with campus groups and individuals interested or engaged in oral history projects. Support undergraduate oral history research.
Undergraduate Oral History Project Coordinator
Direct the current undergraduate oral history project, which will be adapted each year (right now, it’s Faces of Carolina). Responsibilities will include: coordinate, conduct, and process interviews; train and guide interviewers; organize presentations and publications to showcase the project.
Public Engagement and External Relations
Build and develop partnerships with off-campus groups and institutions. Assist SOHP staff with event planning and management of the SOHP Alumni and Friends list. Work with the Collections Spotlight and Digital Communications interns to spotlight the SOHP’s interviews and connect our collection to external groups.
Generate and edit content for digital and print publications. Manage our social media accounts and assist with management of our website. Connect contemporary issues and debates with the past in op-eds, LTEs, and presentations. Working with SOHP staff, develop new communications initiatives. Photograph at SOHP events.