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Public History DHA Intern
Ref No.: 19-00120
Location: Harpers Ferry, West 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 Public History DHA Intern: Public History Interpreter "WW 2 Homecoming HBCU Storer College, Harpers Ferry, WV, 1944"
NPS Unit Name Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - Harpers Ferry, WV
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 Visitors enter Harpers Ferry every day and not realize the diversity of the people who once lived or worked here or their impact on the town's history or fame. This HBCU, driven ACE program, will build upon existing knowledge of the park resource in order to share it in a new way, to give context and relevance to the people of color, whose stories helped create this National Park's history. This program seeks to help visitors find relevance in how communities of people help and support each other despite adversity
"WW 2 Homecoming HBCU Storer College, Harpers Ferry, WV, 1944" Coming from an HBCU, the Greening Youth Intern will delve, research the world of a WW2 HBCU student 75 years ago. This project seeks to make the experiences of HBCU students from 1944, during Jim Crow era, more relevant to today's park audience.
Learning Goals The intern will learn to research, document, plan and present new WW2 era stories of HBCU Storer College Students who lived and studied in Harpers Ferry, WV, during the Jim Crow era. After practicing and presenting the WW 2 HBCU stories, the intern will refine both a written interpretive plan and research report that will be offered to the end-users, African American park volunteers, who will offer WW2 living history portrayals of HBCU Storer College students and faculty, to provide them history stories to prepare them for their fall event, 2020, event, "WW 2 Homecoming HBCU Storer College, Harpers Ferry, WV , 1944.
Undergrad in education, journalism, history, African American diaspora studies, public history, or political science.
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 park office settings provide NPS computer access to allow research and phone calls. The face time with park visitors when presenting public history programs are conducted both inside and outside or inside museum spaces.
Vehicle/License Requirement A personal vehicle is not required for this site. 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.
  • Housing is provided. Historic 19th-century structures, modern on the inside, interns share a room with another intern. Each house has a full kitchen and bath, and laundry facilities.
  • 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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