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Communications Intern
Ref No.: 19-00134
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
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 Communications Intern
NPS Unit Name WASO Office of Communications, NPS – Washington, DC
Position Dates May 25th – July 31st
Position Description The Office of Communications supports the National Park Service (NPS) with innovative and responsive communications strategies and leads the Service in exploring new ways to communicate broadly about the National Park Service’s mission. The intern will support these efforts working with the Public Affairs and Digital Strategy Divisions in the office. With the Digital Strategy team, they will learn to work in the content management system and assist with digital projects (e.g., trip planning, service-wide messaging, programmatic initiatives, etc) as identified by the Content Manager. With the Public Affairs media and Digital Content teams, they will help with messaging on projects that connect various audiences to the National Park Service, its mission, and amazing places, including promoting the work of the HBCUI interns nationwide through products such as webpages, articles, social media posts, or videos. In all of the projects, they will gain practical experience by producing tangible items (news releases, articles, internal/ external guidance, videos, photography, social media posts, etc.) that will help in their career development, assist in the development and implementation of communication plans and provide insight and input to help expand the NPS audience. They will provide assistance in the facilitation, coordination, and distribution of information to national, regional, and park staff as well as various partners.
Learning Goals The intern will receive training in the development of various outreach materials, including the preparation of communications plans, news releases, social media posts, guidance, article, and how to create content in the content management system. Where there is time and interest, the intern will learn photography and video techniques. Additionally, through content submissions the intern will receive training on how to write for the web and public consumption through news outlets.
Qualifications We are looking for someone with a solid background in communications-related skills and abilities. Projects will be identified based on the strengths and interests of the individual balanced with the needs of the office. The applicant should have a blend of the following:
  • ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • some college-level writing/journalism/communications/visual media classes
  • experience preparing, writing, and/or editing written materia
  • desire and/or ability to work as part of a team to brainstorm and develop outreach materials and achieve common goals
  • ability to cooperate with and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, partners, and the public.
Additional skills are a plus but not required:
  • experience with web and/or social media content
  • experience with photography, videography, graphic design, and/or multimedia creation.
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 This work will primarily be in the office. When there is an opportunity for the intern to go out with other NPS staff for an event these opportunities are generally in the local DC area. In the past we have also tried to take interns to a local park for a one-day onsite introduction to park operations. We have often had two interns from different programs during the summer.
Vehicle/License Requirement A personal vehicle is not required for this site.
Compensation and Benefits
  • Compensation is at a rate of $10 per hour, 40 hours per week.
  • A housing assistance stipend is available 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
  • 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
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