Mississippi: Southern Foodways Alliance seeks Interns

4 Jan

The Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) announces its next round of internships in oral history. Applications are due by FEBRUARY 1, 2011.

More information can be found online at http://www.southernfoodways.org/classroom/internships.html

From the SFA website:

True to our mission, we are as committed to teaching as we are to documenting. In an effort to mentor students in the field of oral history and initiate collaborations, we offer two kinds of internships.

IN-HOUSE INTERNSHIP
An In-House Internship at the SFA is a prearranged, structured learning experience usually lasting one to two weeks.

An In-House Internship is performed on the campus of the University of Mississippi under the direct supervision of SFA staff, with the SFA’s oral historian, Amy Evans Streeter, being the primary contact.

In-House Internships are offered for either one- or two-week durations, depending on interest and availability. Interns will conduct interviews for new or existing SFA oral history projects and/or produce multi-media pieces in support of existing projects.

We are interested in collecting the stories behind the food – stories about people. Please visit our Oral history Project Index page to see what kind of projects are already part of our archive.

Work completed during the internship term will be deposited in the SFA’s permanent archive. Interns will have the right to utilize the interviews they conduct for their own academic endeavors.

Availability: Once per calendar year

Term: 1-2 weeks.
*(If your university requires a 5- or 6-week internship, the first 2 weeks will be managed in Oxford, and the remaining time will be treated as a Guided Internship, with the remaining work done off site.)

Credit: Please note that the intern’s university is the grantor of course credit, NOT the Southern Foodways Alliance or the University of Mississippi.

Deadlines: February 1 (postmark) for Summer (starting June 15)

Notification: by March 15

Stipend: Up to $500 per week (on-site only). The stipend is intended to cover travel while in Oxford, housing, and expenses (we have a source for economical housing). Half of the stipend will be granted upon receipt of award; the other half will be granted upon completion of project.

Equipment: A personal laptop is required. The SFA has an oral history kit (digital recorder, external mic, headphones, digital camera), which will be made available for the intern’s use. Depending upon schedule, access to the university’s Center for Media Production [Web link here] may be available for multi-media projects. Office space may also be made available.

GUIDED INTERNSHIP
A Guided Internship at the SFA offers the opportunity to pursue either an oral history or multi-media project based in any location within the South. Applicants should survey the SFA’s existing catalogue of oral histories to determine what sorts of projects are appropriate. If applicants do not have a specific subject interest, the SFA can suggest subjects with whom a Guided Intern may conduct interviews.

The Guided Internship is performed under the direct supervision of the SFA’s oral historian, Amy C. Evans, who will oversee the proposed project and offer guidance before, during, and after the intern’s time in the field. The completed project will be deposited in the SFA’s permanent archive. Interns have the right to utilize the interviews they conduct for their own academic endeavors.

Availability: Once per calendar year

Term: TBD; project must be completed one year from internship start date.

Credit: Please note that the intern’s university is the grantor of course credit, NOT the Southern Foodways Alliance or the University of Mississippi.

Deadlines: February 1 (postmark) for work to be completed one year from internship start date; start dates to be determined on an individual basis.

Notification: by March 15

Stipend: TBD with a ceiling of $1,500. Half of the stipend will be granted upon receipt of award; the other half will be granted upon completion of project.

Equipment: A personal laptop is required. The SFA has an oral history kit (digital recorder, external mic, headphones, digital camera), which will be made available for the intern’s use, if needed.

Possible Project Locations: The SFA is currently seeking content in these states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

ELIGIBILITY
Internships are open to undergraduate and graduate students interested in the field of oral history.

IN-HOUSE INTERNSHIPS: Previous documentary experience is a plus but not required. For those interested in producing multi-media projects, some experience with related software and equipment is required.

GUIDED INTERNSHIPS: Previous documentary experience and/or experience in multi-media production is required.

HOW TO APPLY
Please send a letter of inquiry indicating previous experience, areas of interest, and a project description (for the Guided Internship only) to:

Amy Evans Streeter
SFA Oral Historian
Southern Foodways Alliance
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-5993
Email: acevans@olemiss.edu

Selected candidates will be invited to submit formal applications prior to the application deadline, if applicable.

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