Job Listing: Part-Time Oral History Archive Internship

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Louisa County Historical Society, Louisa, VA


Closes May 15


Louisa County Historical Society

214 Fredericksburg Avenue, Louisa, VA 23093




$13.00 Hourly


Internship schedule:

10-15 hours per week for for a maximum number of 150 hours beginning in late May or early June 2019, with the exact schedule to be determined.



The Louisa County Historical Society is seeking a two organized, enthusiastic interns to assist the Society’s Oral History Program. The interns’ primary focus will be helping to organize and prepare the oral history collection for public access and research. This is a multiyear and multifaceted endeavor involving research, writing, and summarizing and transcribing oral histories as well as digital file management.


Supervised by the Historical Society Director, the interns will focus on processing interviews, including but not limited to digital and paper file organization, converting and backing up files, and creating indexes and transcriptions. The Intern will also have the opportunity to provide input on the development of the Oral History Program, such as the creation of controlled vocabulary and recommendations on how to best make the interviews accessible online.


This is a great opportunity to work with the Historical Society staff to assist with the development of the Oral History Program and to work to organize, preserve, and prepare oral histories to be made more publicly accessible. To date, about 30 people have been interviewed about their memories of Louisa County during the 1950s under the Historical Society’s current oral history project using audio recorders, and about 30 people were interviewed on audiotape or digital video prior to this current project. This Internship will also provide exposure to the operation and activities of a historical society.



  • Create an inventory of existing oral history interviews in the Historical Society’s archive.
  • Process and catalog incoming oral history interviews and associated items (photographs, release forms, etc.) and revise processing instructions for others to follow.
  • Assist with the digital preservation of oral history files, which may include converting recordings to different media or file types.
  • Drafting interview summaries, biographies, indexes, and/or full transcriptions of oral history interviews and develop training resources and instructions for other to follow.
  • Assist with organization and addition of controlled vocabulary terms.
  • Occasionally attend monthly meetings of the oral history volunteers held to plan future interviews and share information.
  • Research and write a proposal for the best method to make the interviews publically-accessible online.
  • Research the best practices and ethical guidelines offered by the national Oral History Association and ensure that work performed in the archive meets national standards.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.



  • Demonstrated time management, organizational, and communication skills as well as attention to detail.
  • Ability and willingness to work varied hours as required.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Excellent computer skills and willingness to learn new programs, including audio-editing programs.
  • Interest in history and in gathering and sharing the everyday stories of citizens.



  • Include title of internship in the email subject field.
  • Please state the location where job posting was seen.
  • Send cover letter and resume by 05/15/2019 to Karleen Kovalcik, Executive Director,


The Louisa County Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law.