Internships

Voices of Cayuga County Oral History Program Summer Intern

About Voices of Cayuga County:

Voices of Cayuga County is a local oral history collecting and archiving project envisioned by the Seymour Library and the Cayuga Museum of History and Art. The project’s primary focus will be actively seeking out the stories of communities that have traditionally been underrepresented in our collections. These include, but are not limited to, African American, Latinx, LGBTQ+, and immigrant communities. Through this project, we intend to create a culture of story-sharing in Auburn and an accessible database of local oral histories that accurately represent our diversity and how that diversity has impacted Auburn’s history. By coordinating this project around increasing representation and focusing on individual stories as history, our hope is that the community will become more directly engaged with their personal connection to and their role in history.

Internship Summary:

The primary purpose of the internship will be helping to build this new oral history collecting initiative for Auburn and Cayuga County. Tasks will include contacting and setting up in-person interviews with members of the community; drafting interview abstracts and topics lists; successfully recording and carrying out video interviews; transferring, editing, and converting interview audio and video files; and transcribing the interviews. The intern will receive training in oral history interviewing and will coordinate, plan, and complete at least fifteen, half-hour oral history interviews. The intern will operate on site at the Seymour Library and the Cayuga Museum as well as in various venues across Auburn.

Qualifications:

  • B.A. preferred (with priority given to degrees or majors in history, public history, museum studies, media, communications, sociology, and related fields)
  • Experience with collecting oral histories or with other types of interviewing is a plus
  • Ideal candidate will have experience working with diverse communities
  • Familiarity with AV hardware and video editing software preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to travel independently

Terms of Internship:

15 hours per week for 9-10 weeks from June to August (total of 150 hours). $16 per hour.

Supervisors:

Dori Gottschalk-Fielding, Coordinator of the Seymour Library’s History Discovery Center

Geoffrey Starks, Director of Development and Outreach at the Cayuga Museum of History and Art

To Apply:

Please send cover letter, resume, two references, and a one page writing sample to Dori Gottschalk-Fielding (dgfielding@seymourlib.org) by 5 PM February 28, 2020.




This position is supported by a grant from the South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC). SCRLC’s Technology and Digitization Grants are funded as part of the Regional Bibliographic Data Bases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing (RBDB) Program.  The South Central Regional Library Council is one of nine library councils comprising the Empire State Library Network (ESLN).  As a multi-type library consortium, SCRLC reaches over 500 libraries in its service area.  For more information about SCRLC, visit www.scrlc.org.