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Resource Assistant DHA Intern
Ref No.: 19-00114
Location: Luray, Virginia
Position Type:Internship
Start Date: 05/18/2020
Pay Rate : $ 12.00 /Hour
The need for preserving all of our nation's history has never been greater, and we're counting on you! HBCUI (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship) is an 11-week summer experience brought to you by Greening Youth Foundation in partnership with the U.S. National Park Service. As a part of HBCUI, students from schools around the country are putting their unique skills and talents to work in preserving the contributions of African Americans to our nation's history and culture. Participants gain real-world, on-the-job experience as they explore federal careers in the U.S. National Park Service.
Position Title Resource Assistant DHA Intern
NPS Unit Name Shenandoah National Park - Luray, VA
Position Dates May 18 – July 31, 2020
Direct Hiring Authority Resource Assistant The DHA Resource Assistant internship (DHA-RA) is a unique internship opportunity within the Department of the Interior (DOI). The objective is to build a pathway to employment in the DOI for exemplary students in higher education.  DHA-RA interns will apply content expertise to NPS management and build a network with federal employees throughout the internship. These rigorous internships require specialized expertise and typically are available to upper-level undergraduate or graduate students or recent graduates. The internships are designed to develop the participant's technical and creative thinking abilities, leadership skills, and problem-solving capabilities.  DHA-RA interns will receive a weekly stipend of $480, park-provided housing or a housing allowance, and paid travel expenses.  Successful completion of the internship does not guarantee that the participant will be hired into a federal position.

To be eligible for a DHA--RA Internship, applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident ("green-card-holder”) and enrolled or within one year of graduating from an institution of higher education.   
DHA-RA interns who successfully complete the internship requirements become eligible for two years from the date of their degree to be non-competitively hired by the Department of Interior.
Position Description The goal of this internship is to perform and collate additional research into the story of Shenandoah National Park's desegregation and to help create an interactive curriculum that will engage high school students about the complex issues surrounding this segment of Shenandoah's history. Shenandoah has been working on this story for over a decade. Two studies have been completed, and a third is in progress. However, there are some particular elements of the story that we believe must be included (if possible) to reveal the essential national context of this history. The story will focus on the Lewis Mountain developed area, a segregated facility in Shenandoah National Park that has a rich cultural history and its place in the eventual desegregation of Shenandoah National Park. The incumbant(s) will conduct additional very targeted research to attempt to uncover some of the lesser-known events and connect them to the broader story. This will necessitate travel to and research at National Archives, the Virginia state archives, and perhaps to Kansas City to look into a special connection with the Kansas City Call, a prominent African American publication, and its founder's connection with President Truman who reportedly visited the publisher at Lewis Mountain. There are also other important connections to prominent African Americans who vacationed there. Another area of research emphasis is the complex story of Lewis Mountain's desegregation involving Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes, devout desegregationist, and Harry F. Byrd, Sr., leader of the massive resistance who was instrumental in the establishment of Shenandoah National Park. It is the hope of the Park to then use all the research to create two products that will tell these compelling stories: a publication of an existing 5-book cultural history series published by the park's cooperating association and a curriculum-based online interactive of 3 existing curriculums. See Hoover, CCC, and Spirit:
The Lewis Mountain story would follow the format of 5 units, each with an introductory video and an interactive sense-making activity. The intern(s) would advise and help with the creation of these pieces designed to tell the story, engage high school students, and provide them opportunities to assimilate the story in a variety of meaningful ways.
Learning Goals The intern(s) would increase their skills in research and perhaps more importantly, how to transfer that new knowledge into delivery methods that will help others use the information and facts to see the importance of historical events and relationships that have brought about positive change in our world.
Qualifications The most important qualification would be the ability to research a specific cultural resource topic in a variety of settings (national, state, and local archives as well as oral histories with involved people). Excellent communication skills and the ability to report and interpret the research objectively are also necessary. Excellent organizational skills and the ability to recognize archival assets that may help with the telling of the story and knowledge of how to obtain permission to use those assets. A degree with a strong background in research would be preferable. A passion for finding the truth and creatively telling the important stories in ways that will connect users intellectually and emotionally to the issues and events and their relevance to our world today. And the ability to work independently once clear direction is given and fully understood would be a plus.
In order to be eligible for a DHA-RA Internship, participants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident ("green-card-holder”) and currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D. degree program at an accredited institution of higher education during the summer internship. Persons enrolled in a certificate program do not qualify for DHA positions.
Additional qualifications:
  • Must be currently enrolled or recent graduate of an accredited HBCU institution
  • Must be between 16 and 35 years of age
  • Must be U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident or U.S. national
  • Must be able to pass a federal background check
Work Environment The primary work environment would be in an office on the headquarters campus within walking distance of housing. The park's archives are also within easy walking distance. The intern(s) would need to be prepared to travel to other cities, mostly by car but perhaps by plane as well. They would need to be able to independently navigate these cities and their archives or other sources of information.
Vehicle/License Requirement A personal vehicle is required for this position. A valid state driver's license is required to operate a government vehicle while conducting official government business.
Compensation and Benefits
  • Compensation is at a rate of $12 per hour, 40 hours per week.
  • Basic housing at Park Headquarters: shared housing with some private and some double rooms. Laundry facilities are nearby. Participants should bring their own linens, towels, and personal items.
  • Mandatory attendance in the all-expense-paid Leadership & Careers Workshop
  • Make a difference in your local community and beyond
Application Instructions Interested students should apply directly to this position via the SERVE job portal at www.serve.gyfoundation.orgResumes and cover letters are required to apply. Please combine as one PDF document and upload the file to the SERVE portal.
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  • Upload resume and cover letter as a PDF file
  • The file name should include your first and last name or initials
    • Examples: FI. Lastname-resume.pdf, Firstname Lastname – resume.pdf, or Firstname L.pdf
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