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Undergraduate Internships

Undergraduate internships are offered every Fall and Spring semester. The deadline for the Spring 2019 Internship has passed; stay tuned for the application deadline for Fall 2019.

The aim of the SOHP Undergraduate 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. The internship is designed as a three-part structure: organizational work, a research project, and participation in a weekly seminar.

In 2019, interns will work collaboratively on a research project focused on the centennial of the 19th amendment, women’s suffrage, and women and voting rights today. Interns will learn to conduct interviews and engage with the practice of oral history; assist with ongoing SOHP projects; collection management, digital exhibits, and public engagement; and participation in a weekly seminar that deepens academic understanding of oral history.

Four interns are accepted into the program and enroll in History 593: Exploring the US South Hands On and Ears Open: Internship at the Southern Oral History. Interns work a total of twelve hours per week (five hours of organizational work, five hours on the research project, and two hours of seminar). They will earn three hours of internship credit through the requirements of their home departments.

In their organizational work, interns assist SOHP with ongoing projects, community outreach, and archival research. The research project teaches students how to conduct interviews and engage with the practice of oral history. The seminar offers interns a deep academic understanding of oral history methods and approaches, as well as reflection and synthesis of the internship experience. Throughout the semester, SOHP staff and graduate students offer consistent mentorship, training, and support.

Evaluation will be based on thorough, responsible, and creative engagement in all aspects of the internship program. Interns will be asked to assist in the development of our undergraduate programming through their ideas, creative initiative, feedback, and they will support SOHP projects and events as part of our team.

Listen to interviews conducted by previous interns, and explore projects designed by students in the program.

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.