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Courses

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Extracurricular Activities

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 Kameelah Martin at 843.953.0675 or by email at martinkl2@cofc.edu

Internships

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.

Carolina Youth Action Project

The Carolina Youth Action Project (CYAP) is an abolitionist organization that centers political education and community organizing to build power among girls, trans youth, and gender nonconforming youth. CYAP'sYouth Action Alliance (YAA) is a political education intensive that challenges a select group of girls, trans youth, and gender nonconforming youth to think critically about the impact of prisons and police in their communities. Youth meet twice a week throughout the school year to discuss and explore issues related to identity, community, mass incarceration, criminalization, school pushout, and abolition. YAA creates space for young people to grow as facilitators, engage with transformative justice processes, and attend site visits to learn from other political organizations. CYAP is looking for a Youth Action Fellow to support YAA from the end of September 2018 through April 2019. Applications are due by Monday, September 3rd by 11:59 PM EST and can be completed 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 Kameelah Martin at martinkl2@cofc.edu or 843.953.0675 for further details.

Internship Documents: AAST 381

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