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The African American Studies Program hosts and co-sponsors various events each semester for students, faculty and staff, and the larger community. A current list of programs offered this semester is included at our blog. For more information about all events, contact Simon Lewis at 843.953.1920 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students interested in interning should contact the AAST director. Area businesses, museums and organizations are eager for interns with knowledge of African American history and culture.
The Preservation Society of Charleston
The Preservation Society of Charleston Intern will be stationed in the Research Room to assist the Diversity Programs Associate with reference queries, research requests, preservation alliance meetings and diversity and campus outreach.
The Preservation Society intern will also be assigned special projects by the Diversity Programs Associate. These projects may involve assistance in researching historical topics for preservation, planning and coordinating events, and the organizing of materials, among other activities. The intern will be expected to write at least 5 publishable blog posts on a research topic related to diversity in preservation as well as create and maintain 3 preservation “cause” pages on Facebook. Where possible, the Diversity Programs Associate will strive for a match between student interests and preservation projects.
Avery Research Center
The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture seeks undergraduate interns to assist in a dynamic and engaging program of collecting, transcribing, and archiving manuscript collections and oral histories. Students will gain professional training and hands-on experience in the collection of oral histories that reveal untold stories of the civil rights revolution; labor and work; gender and African American women; race and the city of Charleston; and struggles for “Black Power” in the American South. Students will be trained in the professional standards of conducting, transcribing, preserving, and digitizing oral history interviews. As students work with the material, they will also be encouraged to use our oral history collection to conduct their own research and student papers.
Chucktown Squash Scholars
Chucktown Squash Scholars is a sport-based youth development program that meets on the College of Charleston campus Mondays through Thursdays 3:00-6:00pm during the school year. Youth participants are provided with opportunities for sports and physical activity, academic enrichment, and mentoring. The program seeks interns to assist in a variety of tasks that may include program evaluation research, transcription of interviews, and designing and implementing an intervention to support youth development. Interested candidates are encouraged to review the program website (chucktownsquash.org) and to visit the program prior to applying.
Girls Rock Charleston
Girls Rock Charleston runs an after school program grounded in mentorship, leadership, and music as a platform for social change. Students learn an instrument, form a band of their own with other students, engage in critical political education focusing on a specific social justice topic, and organize an event where they perform their own original music at a real venue in Charleston. After an orientation, interns may serve in a variety of capacities, including as mentors, instrument instructors, band coaches, workshop leaders, creative mentors, and organizer of the April 30 showcase. To apply, please fill out the application here.
International African American Museum
The International African American Museum (IAAM) aims to re-imagine South Carolina's place in global history, illuminating the development of the international slave trade and the impact of enslaved and free blacks on the Atlantic World. Interns will be involved in a variety of activities, including updating the website and working with the IAAM Program Assistant to maintain and expand the IAAM presence on various social media platforms. Interns can also expect to assist in planning meetings, conferences, and both public and private events hosted by IAAM. There may be some public outreach and liaison work with other organizations and institutions to expand public awareness of the museum, its mission and role in the community. Interns are expected to be available regularly during the semester and the summer. For more information, please visit the IAAM website.
Contact Simon Lewis at email@example.com or 843.953.1920 for further details.
Internship Documents: AAST 381
- Pre-Internship: site supervisor handbook, site supervisor acknowledgement form (to be signed after reviewing the handbook), internship contract, Individual Enrollment Form
- Post-Internship: intern evaluation of the site, site supervisor evaluation of intern