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Now accepting applications for Fall 2014 Internship!

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.

Applications are due by March 28, 2014, emailed to

For more information on the internship, click here. See the actual application here.  

Meet the Spring 2014 SOHP interns!

(back row, left to right) Aaron Hayworth, Turner Henderson, and graduate student Rob Shapard. (Bottom left to right) Katie Crook, Coco Wilder, and graduate student Morgan Jones.

(back row, left to right) Aaron Hayworth, Turner Henderson, and graduate student Rob Shapard. (front left to right) Katie Crook, Coco Wilder, and graduate student Morgan Jones.

This spring, the Southern Oral History Program has four undergraduate interns performing different tasks for the organization, as well as conducting a research project on gay and lesbian activism at UNC during the 1970s and 1980s. 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.

Katie Crook is a junior political science and history double major, and she is our Communications intern this semester. Katie regularly updates the SOHP website, as well as the SOHP’s twitter and Facebook pages. In addition, she manages and writes blogs and news items for the SOHP webpage. For her upcoming oral history interviews, Katie is interested in the complicated relationship between religion and homosexuality. She will be exploring this topic, especially the advent of the “Religious Right” in the 1980s, in her interviews this semester.

Coco Wilder is working with the campus club Students Engaging in Oral History, founded by previous SOHP interns, to foster interest in oral history among undergraduates. This includes planning methodological and technical workshops, as well as leading a student project called “100 Counties,” which encourages students to interview alumni from their home county in North Carolina. She is also working on the SOHP 40th Anniversary project to create an audio tour of campus activism. Her research interest lies in intersectional queer and feminist activism on the UNC campus.

Turner Henderson’s job as Collections Intern at SOHP is to mine the database for compelling interviews to post on the “Featured Interviews” page of the website.. His goal is to find research material that people might find interesting or those that feature unheard voices of the historical past. In addition, he is creating clips of intriguing parts of interviews for SOHP’s clip library as well as for the 40th Anniversary celebration. For his own oral research this semester, he will look at interaction between the black student movement and the CGA

As the Support Intern at the SOHP, Aaron Hayworth has been spending a lot of time organizing for the 40th Anniversary celebration. He is focused on coordinating content for the Audio Tour and helping find clips, quotes, and images that best represent the spirit of the SOHP. He believes that oral histories are beneficial sources for many researchers and hopes to add to the collection housed in the SOHP records.  He is also interested in conducting oral histories with those involved with the gay student publication Lambda. Aaron hopes to learn how contributors and readers negotiated their position with the gay community in Chapel Hill publicly and privately.

A special thank you to graduate students Rob Shapard and Morgan Jones, pictured to the far right, for their 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.

Read more in our handbook!