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Program Assistant Intern
Ref No.: 19-00125
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Position Type:Internship
Start Date: 05/25/2020
Pay Rate : $ 10.00 /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 a 10-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 Program Assistant Intern
NPS Unit Name Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site – Richmond, VA
Position Dates May 25th – July 31st
Position Description Maggie L Walker NHS (MAWA) is seeking a highly motivated, well-organized student to support its interpretation and education programs and assist with the site's signature youth outreach program, the Maggie L. Walker Summer Youth Leadership Institute. Maggie L. Walker NHS is planning a series of dynamic programs this summer to highlight the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the ongoing struggle for women and African Americans to secure the vote. To tie in with this emphasis, the site will reach out through its Summer Youth Leadership Institute program to engage youth and raise their awareness of the struggles for universal suffrage. The Leadership Institute provides a two-week experiential program for youth interested in developing leadership skills and participating in service-learning projects. It is open at no cost to students, ages 14 through 18, in the Greater Richmond (VA) area and is limited to fourteen participants. The target audience for the program is students from under-represented or under-served groups. The HBCUI intern would stand as a role model and mentor to these youth as they learn about Maggie Walker's dynamic leadership, determination, and perseverance. The intern's major project will be to collaborate with the Supervisory Park Ranger to plan, develop, implement and evaluate the Leadership Institute program. The intern will: assist with pre-program planning and arrangements; serve as mentor and assistant during the two-week institute; conduct post-program evaluation; and prepare an end-of-season report to present to park management, partners, and stakeholders. To prepare for the institute, the selected intern will be involved in an immersive experience in interpretation operations and educational programs at the site. Interpretation duties will include working the site's visitor center, presenting talks and tours, and making sales in the park store. The intern will also have opportunities to interact with park staff from other disciplines such as law enforcement, administration, maintenance, and cultural and natural resources to get a fuller scope of employment opportunities available in the NPS.
Learning Goals
Through his or her work with the Leadership Institute, the intern will gain valuable experience seeing a project through from planning to implementation to final report. By working with NPS personnel on related projects, the intern will learn many aspects of interpretation and visitor service operations related to working in a national park such as:
  • Development of speaking and presentation skills
  • Development of skills in the management of public resources
  • Development of research and writing skills
  • Experience working with a team to present programs and tours.
  • Personal enrichment by educating the public, particularly youth, about critical historical events
  • Interaction with visitors who are seeking understanding of early 20th century struggles of African Americans
Knowledge/Skills/Experience Desired: (Note: qualities are desired but may not be required)
  • Upper-level undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in history, public history, museum management, education, or work with youth
  • Excellent customer service and communications skills
  • Desire to work with youth audiences
  • Experience in public speaking and visual and social media communications
  • Interest in interpretation, education, or museums
  • Knowledge of subject matter, including Reconstruction, Jim Crow, segregation and the early civil rights movement
  • Dependability and punctuality
Additional qualifications:
  • Must be currently enrolled or recent graduate of an accredited HBCU institution
  • Must be between 16 and 30 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 Work is primarily performed indoors. The job may entail prolonged standing or walking, walking up and downstairs, and handling cash. The position will require the physical ability to work in all weather conditions and perform some light lifting (>50lbs).
Vehicle/License Requirement A personal vehicle is 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 $10 per hour, 40 hours per week.
  • A housing assistance stipend is provided for non-local interns
  • Mandatory attendance in the all-expense-paid Career & Leadership 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
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