Undergraduate Internships

The Fall 2023 SOHP Interns
The Fall 2023 SOHP Interns

Applications for our fall 2024 internship, HIST593, are now open


How to apply:

Please read carefully below about the focus of the 2024 internship course and how to apply. Deadline to apply is Friday, April 26, 2024 by noon EST.

The Southern Oral History Program (SOHP) is currently accepting applications for our fall 2024 undergraduate internship. The SOHP’s internship program provides experiential education in the intellectual, practical, and curatorial work of oral history. Students must apply for the program; upon acceptance, they will be enrolled in HIST593 for three credit hours. In fall 2024, the internship will focus specifically on the ethics, methodology, and practical application of oral history fieldwork. The course will meet at the Center for the Study of the American South on Fridays from 10am-1pm during the fall 2024 semester.

Students will work as researchers, collaborators, and curators with the SOHP. They will learn about oral history as a method and a tradition. One possible area of focus might be public health. Over the course of the semester, students might explore oral history’s relationship with other public health approaches, its role in local and global health justice movements, and its role in shaping histories and memories of health/healing in communities across the US South. In this course, students are encouraged to conceptualize health expansively, and to examine ways that it intersects with race, gender, sexuality, dis/ability, class, spirituality, and more. Previous classes have focused on Asian and Asian American experiences in the American South; the history of Center for the Study of the American South and Southern Oral History Program; and the Long Civil Rights Movement.

Throughout the semester, students will create and use in-depth oral history interviews as well as survey scholarship that effectively uses oral history research.

Finally, we will consider not only how interviews can be used to explore what happened in the past but also how memories of the past are constructed in the present as people give meaning to their lives through story and dialogue with others.

Submit a one-page letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for one faculty reference by April 26th, 2024 email to Phil MacDonald at ptmacdon@unc.edu with the subject line "SOHP 2024 Fall Internship [your last name]"

Example: SOHP 2024 FALL MacDonald

Questions to consider answering within your letter of interest are:

  • Describe your interest in oral history
  • How would an internship at SOHP apply to your studies and future endeavors?
  • What skills and experiences do you bring to the table that would be beneficial to the SOHP?