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 graduate students will offer consistent mentorship, training, and space for reflection and synthesis. Click here to hear some of the previous intern project interviews.
The Beat: Interns assist the SOHP in ongoing projects, outreach, communications, and processing of interviews and management of collection. For example, the Fall 2014 interns produced this podcast, entitled “Rebellion,” on student activism at UNC.
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 Spring 2015 SOHP interns!
This spring, the Southern Oral History Program has four undergraduate interns performing different tasks for the organization, as well as continuing work on 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.
Samantha Gregg is a senior from Tarboro, North Carolina. She is a History and English double major with a historical focus on Non-Western civilizations, and is excited to explore the complex history of the South in a hands-on fashion that allows her to gain knowledge and help educate others on the past.
Liz Kennedy is a sophomore at Duke University studying History, Environmental Science and Policy, and Women’s Studies. Born and bred in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she is excited to learn more about Southern culture through the extraordinary stories of the ordinary.
Holly Plouff is a first year from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Holly is an Anthropology major with a possible minor in History or Creative Writing. Holly’s love for understanding humans and culture is what made her pursue this work and she really hopes to better understand the American South and the stories that make it as rich as it is.
Bryan Smith is a senior from Mooresville, North Carolina. Bryan is a Linguistics and Women’s & Gender Studies double major. His passion for language and feminist history made him interested in oral history and he hopes to perfect his interview strategies and understandings.
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 Interns: 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 Interns: 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.