Oral History Program student staff position

Employer UW-Madison, University Archives
Location Madison, WI
Type Internship
Apply by August 24, 2022
Posted on July 28, 2022


The UW-Madison Oral History Program (OHP)–part of the University Archives–would like to announce the following student staff positions for the 2022-23 academic year. Note: either or both positions could include work during the summer of 2023.

  • OHP’s Women at UW Project Assistant. Works with Oral History Program Head Troy Reeves to process extant oral histories, as well as to add new interviews, with campus women (faculty, staff, and current/former students). This position also may collaborate with the Office of the Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian on Wisconsin Women Making History. Wage: $12/hr.
  • Mohs Oral History Project Coordinator. For this oral history effort—focusing on collecting stories & memories of Dr. Frederic Mohs—a student will conduct background research, formulate questions, conduct interviews, and process the audio files. The student could also create a webpage showing the results of their efforts. Wage: $12/hr.

Qualifications: Our program looks for a student with the following skills:

  • Attention to detail
  • Interest in public and oral history, as well as archives
  • Exemplary communication skills
  • Strong desire to help us document campus history, particularly stories of underrepresented groups

Hours & Work Schedule: between 6-8 hours per week.

• Note: During the fall semester, the to-be-hired students will work with Reeves to decide whether they will work all remote or a hybrid (onsite & remote) work experience.

To apply, please send an email, with the subject line “OHP Student Position,” a statement of interest, and attach a resume to Troy Reeves at troy.reeves@wisc.edu. While the proposed start date for these positions is September 12, 2022, they will remain open until filled with preference given to students who apply by August 24, 2022. For additional information or questions, email or call Reeves (phone 608-890-1899).

The University Archives, part of the Special Collections & Archives Division of the UW-Madison General Library System, collects, preserves, and provides access to a comprehensive record of academic, administrative, student, and social life at the UW-Madison; runs a robust Oral History Program; provides records management services; and serves as an educational resource encouraging administrative & scholarly research in its collections. The Archives is located inside Steenbock Library.

The Libraries at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are dedicated to the practices of social justice, diversity, equality, and respect among our staff, students, collections, and services. We strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society and embrace diverse points of view as assets to the fabric of our community. All positions will be called on to contribute to building this environment.