Emma Bloomberg Center for Access & Opportunity Oral History Intern

Position Description

The Emma Bloomberg Center for Access & Opportunity (EBCAO) is Princeton’s academic center for lower-income and first-generation undergraduate students. In the Center’s model of supporting the whole student to, through, and beyond college, the center is eager to record and track the history of first-generation/lower-income students and programming at Princeton University as well as the stories of those that identify as FLI. 

This project aims to document the creation and legacy of the EBCAO Center. The Center’s capacity to accomplish its goal of supporting students from first-generation, lower-income, and historically excluded backgrounds was made possible through the work of those who partake in the Center at all levels, from students to faculty and administration. However, the creation of EBCAO as it stands required decades of work changing minds, institutional values, and narratives around historically excluded people both within Princeton University and beyond. This work embodied various forms, from student activism and diversifying faculty to administrative positioning and alumni participation. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people partook in this journey through the decades. It is the hope of this project to document their stories and how they built and shaped EBCAO and all of its components.

The deliverables will focus on oral history and a timeline, with an emphasis on gathering information before the creation of EBCAO. Oral history would document the stories of community leaders and participants within each of the Center's components. A timeline of significant milestones for each center visually represents the moments of community formation, expansion, and policy shifts that aided each component.

The EBCAO Oral History Intern would work closely with Madison Stewart, the Coordinator and Communications Associate of the EBCAO. This role will also work with the archival intern for the transfer program to avoid duplication of work. This will be a collaborative project that focuses on the development of hard and soft skills. Creativity and independence are encouraged and those of all skill levels are encouraged to apply!


Apply By April 22nd 11:59 PM EDT.


Internship Position

Oral History Intern 


Maximum Number of Positions



Supervising Mentor

Madison Stewart, Coordinator and Communications Associate 


Skills You Will Need to Begin This Position

  • Desire to Learn 
  • Interpersonal Skills 
  • Creativity


Skills You Will Develop

  • Project Planning/Management
  • Library/Archival Research
  • Networking
  • Structured/Unstructured Interviews 


Careers Related to This Internship

  • Journalism
  • Library and Archives
  • Public Scholarship
  • Anthropology/Sociology 



  • This internship welcomes all eligible applicants, including RISE and Mountainview Community students.


Materials Needed to Apply

  1. A statement of interest detailing the following: (You may format the statement as a personal statement or a cover letter, whichever is most comfortable for you. In either case, write the statement in paragraph prose, with a cohesive narrative flow, rather than as a numbered list or a series of short answers.)
    1. What your future goals are
    2. Why you care about those things
    3. What you understand to be the objectives of this project
    4. Why you and this project are a good fit (including both what you might contribute to the project and how this work could advance your future goals)
    5. What your approach would be to getting started with one or more of those areas this summer

2. Candidates selected as finalists should be available for a brief conversation via Zoom.

Apply By April 22nd 11:59 PM EDT.


Contact Information 

Should you have questions or concerns about this internship, please reach out to Madison Stewart.