I’m doing my internship with the Rochester Oral History Archive (ROHA) under the supervision of Cornelia Pokrzywa. My main goal for this semester is to help improve and expand ROHA’s online presence, in part by utilizing my existing skills and in part by developing new skills. Since ROHA lives online, part of my internship will involve maintaining websites–the database, the Wikipedia page, the Facebook page, the Twitter feed, etc. The other part of my internship will revolve around gathering oral histories–finding and researching participants, recording and editing the histories, etc. My challenge is to push myself outside of my comfort zone: I don’t have much experience with the new media side of things, but I’ll clearly need to learn in order to be successful.
The internship begins