Graduate Oral History Collections Intern
Apply by April 7, 2022
The Orange County Regional History Center is seeking a highly qualified individual to fill the temporary position of Oral History Intern. The History Center is a national multi-award-winning, AAM accredited, and Smithsonian affiliated institution centered around its mission: to serve as the gateway for community engagement, education, and inspiration by preserving and sharing Central Florida’s continually unfolding story.
The Oral History Intern supports the Collections Department and its staff in the full range of activities required to care for the Historical Society of Central Florida’s oral history collection. Under the guidance of the Collections staff, the intern may listen to and prepare interviews for cataloging or transcription, and assist the Oral Historian in processing interviews according to standard museum practices. The specific assignment to be worked on will be decided by Collections staff based upon need and the intern’s program requirements.
An end-of-term evaluation will be conducted by the History Center’s Oral Historian and may be sent to the faculty supervisor if required.
Candidates must be a student in, or recently completed, a Graduate program. Candidates will be asked to complete an interview with the Oral Historian and Curator of Collections to determine internship eligibility as well as submit a writing sample such as a research paper from a college course or a published article. Qualified individuals should send cover letter, résumé, writing sample, and internship requirements if for credit via email to Travis Puterbaugh, Curator of Collections: Travis.Puterbaugh@ocfl.net.
- Enrolled, or recently graduated from, a Graduate program related to history, humanities, library science, or museum studies
- Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
- Possess strong verbal and written communication skills
- Detail oriented and organized
- Able to work independently
- Due to the nature of the oral history collection, candidates must be able to listen to audio recordings for extended periods
- Experience with oral history practice and theory
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with both internal teams and external stakeholders and donors, as well as in public speaking
- Possesses a strong working knowledge of museum best practices
- Audio and/or video editing experience
- Familiarity with collections management software
The above description and qualifications are not all-inclusive. Other duties may be assigned in the course of the internship as required to fulfill the directives of the Orange County Regional History Center’s Collection Department and strategic plan or as designated by executive staff.
Hours Per Week: 10 Hours for 8 weeks beginning in April 2022
Schedule: During 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday
Final Candidates must pass a background check, including drug test and must be lawfully able to live and work in the United States.