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Interpretation and Community Outreach Intern
Ref No.: 19-00132
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Position Type:Internship
Start Date: 05/25/2020
Pay Rate : $ 10.00 /Hour
HBCUI PROGRAM OVERVIEW
 
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 OVERVIEW
 
Position Title Interpretation and Community Outreach Intern
NPS Unit Name Pullman National Monument – Chicago, IL
Position Dates May 25th – July 31st
Position Description The selected candidate would have an opportunity to work alongside uniformed National Park Service (NPS) Interpretation and Education staff in support of a new and developing historic site. The primary emphasis of the internship would be to support community engagement and outreach with Pullman National Monument boundary residents, adjacent communities in south Chicago, and the broader Chicago metropolitan area. The intern would learn about the park’s core themes, help identify and engage with potential outreach audiences, and help deploy “Pullman Pop-up Park” outreach. Some special events may be at NPS monument partner facilities such as the National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, Historic Pullman Foundation, and Pullman State Historic Site. Off-site events may include Chicago Park District and Forest Preserves of Cook County sites or similar locations. Along with outreach activities, the intern will also have opportunities to shadow park staff and provide
information and orientation at our shared Visitor Information Center, and possibly our partners’ facilities. The intern would also support developing and delivering activities to promote the park themes with area youth in informal settings and activities during the summer. The intern will be responsible for learning the park themes, utilizing professional and exceptional customer service skills, and learning and using interpretive best practices for public communication and programs. The intern will work with park staff to identify potential audiences and develop an outreach strategy for the summer team to follow. Candidate should have at least one year of college level courses, the ability to read, speak and
communicate clearly with others, the ability to operate a vehicle, and the ability to walk and stand for several hours each day. College courses in history, community, public policy, environmental justice, and public speaking are helpful. The best candidate will be open to working with diverse people from different backgrounds, seeking common understanding and shared interests.
Learning Goals Successful candidates will have an opportunity to improve communications skills, community engagement skills, and interpretive skills. They will learn about federal employment opportunities and diverse career fields in federal land management agencies.
Qualifications Candidate should have at least one year of college-level courses, the ability to read, speak and communicate clearly with others, the ability to operate a vehicle, and the ability to walk and stand for several hours each day. College courses in history, community, public policy, environmental justice, and public speaking are helpful. The best candidate will be open to working with diverse people from different backgrounds, seeking common understanding and shared interests.
 
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. national
  • Must be able to pass a federal background check
 Work Environment We have a shared office and Visitor Information Center (VIC) that will serve as the primary work location. The VIC has exhibits, a film, and small retail area. The immediate work environment is an urban city setting,
with historic residences, housing that is more contemporary and light industry nearby. Confidence and ability to safely navigate urban environments are encouraged.
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 $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 www.serve.gyfoundation.org.
 
  • Use the link to apply to the selected position
  • First-time applicants must create a profile on JobDiva
  • Upload resume 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
 
For more information about HBCUI, visit www.hbcui.gyfoundation.org.
QUESTIONS? Contact us at hbcui@gyfoundation.org.