The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida offers semester-long academic internships, available to graduate and undergraduate students for 3 credit hours, which serve as an introduction to the field of oral history.
Intern duties include learning oral history methodology and field research techniques, including conducting, transcribing, and audit-editing interviews.
In addition to this core structure, internships are tailored to the strengths of our students: are you interested in event planning? Public relations? Audio and film editing? We have the resources and opportunities to help you.
Each semester, SPOHP seeks motivated students to help to reach program goals. The internship is designed to provide students with an introduction to the field of oral history, as well as hands-on experience in the areas of research, interviewing, processing, technology, and educational outreach. It will be taught in Spring 2018 by Scholar in Residence Jeff Pufahl.
Each semester, interns accomplish several main goals:
- Build foundational knowledge of oral history methodology and research use
- Work on oral history interview processing
- Conduct an original oral history interview
- Develop a podcast for the UFDC and iTunes broadcast
- Contribute to the class group video project
The Spring 2018 Internship Application is now open! SPOHP’s semester-long academic internship is available to graduate and undergraduate students for credit as an introduction to the field of oral history.
The Spring 2018 Jacob Lawrence internship, in partnership with the Harn Museum, SPOHP, and The Actors’ Warehouse Community Theater, offers a space for internship to will develop an original site-specific performance by exploring connections between archived oral history interviews with Black residents of North Central Florida and iconic artwork by Jacob Lawrence (harn.ufl.edu/jacoblawrence).
Once this thematic analysis is complete, we will search the SPOHP archive for oral histories from local community members that reflect the themes in Lawrence’s work. After oral histories are matched to artwork, we will begin the process of translating the oral histories into monologues, scenes, movement pieces, and songs to be performed next to the artwork.
By interpreting themes of Lawrence’s masterworks through oral history, participants will gain insight into the role of the artist as change-maker and community leader. Through the dialogue initiated by drawing on local voices to reinterpret these images, audiences will have the opportunity to directly connect the exhibit themes to issues in their own communities.
Download the Spring 2018 SPOHP Internship Application here!
Applications are due by December 1st, 2017
For more information, contact Jeff Pufahl at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ryan Morini at email@example.com. Please email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org or deliver to SPOHP offices, Pugh Hall 241.