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Historical Architect or Specialist DHA Intern
Ref No.: 19-00121
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
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 Historical Architect or Specialist DHA Intern
NPS Unit Name Interior Region 2 Office - Atlanta, GA
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 intern will work directly with a licensed architect focused on the protection and preservation of historic structures and other related cultural resources. The HBCUI intern will have the following learning activities in a collaborative work environment:
  • Working under a licensed architect focused on the protection and preservation of historic structures
  • Becoming familiar with the completed and in-progress Historic Structure Reports at the local parks (MALU, CHAT, and KEMO)
  • Visit the Parks and historic structures that have completed or ongoing HSRs
  • Assist with uploading completed Historic Structure Reports into NPS databases such as IRMA after receiving an overview of the purpose of the repositories and how they are used.
  • Spend time in the field with Architect/Engineering IDIQ contractors, NPS Historic Preservation Training Center staff and/or Denver Service Center as they prepare Historic Structure Reports or do restoration work; specifically, 234 Sunset, Birth Home and Prince Hall Masonic Lodge (MALU), Kolb Farmhouse and Wallis House (KEMO) and Collins-Yardum House (CHAT) accompanied by the historic architect.
  • Visit historic sites in Atlanta that are NHLs or in NR Districts and prepare a written or sketch narrative of their experience. They will be asked to keep a journal of their NPS internship experience, either written or digital.
Learning Goals The intern will have the opportunity to work in an office collaboratively and in the field via local site visits to historic structures in NPS Parks. This opportunity will create a learning environment focused on nurturing the talents apparent and latent within the intern and exposing them to concepts related to cultural resources management and stewardship.
Coursework related to architecture, engineering, such as civil and site development, history or art majors. Be an independent thinker and partner able to work with others in a collaborative team. This position will serve well a candidate who has recently graduated or is in an advanced study of Architecture and is looking to have a licensed architect mentor them in their goal to take the licensing exam.
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. nationa
  • Must be able to pass a federal background check
Work Environment The regional office is located in the heart of downtown at the Sam Nunn Federal Center complex. The National Park Service regional offices are located on two floors in the historic Rich Department Store building built in 1924 and repurposed for government offices. The intern will be located in an office workstation with other colleagues in the cultural resources division.
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.
  • A housing stipend is provided for non-local interns.
  • 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.
  • Use the link to apply to the selected position
  • First-time applicants must create a profile on JobDiva
  • 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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