Oral History Internship

Hagley Museum and Library
Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society
Oral History Office
2023 Summer Internship

The Project
Hagley’s Oral History Office manages a growing collection of interviews covering various topics, including daily life along the Brandywine River, synthetic textile production, mushroom farming in Pennsylvania’s Chester County, medical imaging, and other aspects from the history of American business, technology, and industrial design.  Many of these interviews have never been transcribed or indexed, making their contents difficult to access. The Oral History Office is currently working to improve the accessibility of these collections for both scholars and the wider public through digitization, indexing, and transcription.

The Internship
The 2023 oral history summer intern will focus on processing recently digitized and born-digital audio recordings of oral history interviews. Duties include listening to the interviews and using the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) to create timecode indexes, keywords, and subject headings for each audio file.  These indexes will be made accessible, along with the interviews themselves, through Hagley’s Digital Archive, allowing researchers and the public to review and search the contents of the interviews more effectively. The intern will also proofread transcripts. The intern may join the Oral History Program Manager on new oral history interviews. Current subjects that are our collecting focus include Conrail, Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, and GE’s Lighting Division.

The successful applicant will have experience with oral history practices and interview processing, including indexing oral history interviews using OHMS.  A general familiarity with metadata standards is desirable.

Summer internships at Hagley typically entail 280 hours of service, with start and end dates set by mutual agreement. The rate is $18 per hour. Applications will be reviewed from March 15, 2023, until filled. Hagley Museum and Library is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

For More Information
Benjamin Spohn, Oral History Program Manager
Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society
bspohn@Hagley.org or (302) 658-2400 x403

To Apply
Send resume and cover letter describing interest, qualifications, and the names and contact information for three references to:
Erik P. Rau, Director, Library Services
Hagley Museum and Library
P. O. Box 3630
Wilmington, DE 19807
erau@hagley.org or (302) 658-2400 x344