Undergraduate Internships

Each semester, the SOHP’s internship program provides experiential education in the intellectual, organizational, and practical work of oral history. Interns will engage with the practice of oral history; assist with ongoing SOHP projects, curation, and public engagement.

Students must apply and be accepted into the program and will enroll in History 593: Exploring the US South Hands On and Ears Open: Internship at the Southern Oral History. Students earn three hours of internship credit through the requirements of their home departments.

In spring 2023, the internship will focus specifically on the curatorial and public engagement possibilities of oral history fieldwork.

Students will work as researchers, collaborators, and curators with the After the War Project, a Mellon-funded digital oral history project in collaboration with the University of New Hampshire. Using the SOHP’s considerable oral history archives at the Southern Historical Collection to create digital exhibit spaces telling the histories of veterans and veterans’ experiences in the United States. Students will learn digital humanities basics and learn to use digital humanities software such as Omeka and Clio to craft their own exhibit pages.

The application cycle for spring 2023 is now closed. Please check back in early 2023 for information on how to apply for the fall 2023 semester.


How to apply: Submit a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for one faculty reference by email to Sara Wood, SOHP program manager at swood@unc.edu.

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?