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Oral History Program Summer Internship

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Oral History Program Summer Internship

Internship Summary: Learn the skills and best practices of oral history interviewing and archival preservation and access while contributing to the documentation of Stanford University’s history. Tasks will include reviewing and editing interview transcripts and preparing them for deposit into the University Archives; drafting interview abstracts and topics lists; assisting with metadata collection; and administrative tasks as needed. The intern will also receive training in oral history interviewing and coordinate, plan, and complete at least one oral history interview. The internship provides hands-on experience for those interested in careers in history, public history, writing, or library/archives work.

About the Oral History Program: The Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program explores the institutional history of the university through interviews with members of the Stanford community. Powered by the efforts of skilled volunteer interviewers and editors, the program has completed over five hundred oral history interviews since its inception in 1978 and is growing rapidly. In addition to ongoing interviews of faculty, staff, and alumni, several theme projects are currently underway, including the Disability at Stanford project, the Stanford Athletics project, and the John W. Gardner Legacy Oral History Project.

Qualifications: The internship is reserved for Stanford undergraduate or graduate students. The ideal candidate has a strong, demonstrated interest in history and a passion for helping others tell their stories. Excellent writing and proofreading skills; superior organizational abilities; and a proficiency in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel or other spreadsheet program, and the Google Suite of applications are required. Experience conducting interviews, performing historical research, and working with audio files is preferred. Students majoring in History, American Studies, English, Communication, or related fields are especially encouraged to apply.

Terms of Internship: 35 hours per week for 8-10 weeks from June to August, as agreed upon. $17.50 per hour. Must be eligible to work in the United States. We are planning on this internship being conducted virtually.

Supervisors: Natalie Marine-Street, Oral History Program Manager, and Emma Frothingham, Oral History Program Assistant.

For more information about the Oral History Program:

Please send cover letter and resume, including two references, to Emma Frothingham ( by March 29, 2021.