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.
NEW: Follow our interns on Twitter, where they’ll post about SOHP work from an undergrad perspective! @SOHPinterns
Meet the Spring 2016 SOHP interns!
This spring, the Southern Oral History Program has four undergraduate interns performing different tasks for the organization, as well as working on a research project on the Black Pioneers, a group of the first African American students attending UNC from 1952-1972. 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.
Charlotte Eure is a senior with a double major in Women’s and Gender Studies and Communication Studies. She is a nontraditional student who has lived and worked throughout the US but considers North Carolina home. As a writer and artist with a passionate commitment to social justice, Charlotte is excited to contribute to the mission of the SOHP and is looking forward to expanding her understanding of the histories of the American South.
MaKayla Leak is a junior from Thomasville, North Carolina. She is an Exercise and Sport Science and Anthropology double major. MaKayla is passionate about the history of the American South and is excited to learn more about the Black Pioneers and how they helped to shape Carolina forevermore.
Kadejah Murray is a junior from Fayetteville, North Carolina. She is pursuing a double major in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies. Working as an intern at the Pauli Murray Project, Kadejah discovered the many unknown accomplishments that African American women have achieved throughout history. She hopes to use oral history as a tool to increase understanding of African American women’s contributions to history.
Ellen Saunders Duncan is a senior majoring in American Studies, with academic interests in foodways, material culture, and liberal religion in the South. Outside of school, she is a beekeeper and volunteer bike mechanic at the Recyclery. Ellen is on the Board of Trustees for the Universalist Convention of North Carolina, co-chair for the Unitarian Universalist Campus Fellowship at UNC, and co-director of the Shelter Neck Youth Camp. She is interested in oral history as a way of complicating how we understand the American South.
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.