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Researcher/Historian Intern
Ref No.: 19-00135
Location: Vicksburg, Mississippi
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 Researcher/Historian Intern (2 positions)
NPS Unit Name Vicksburg National Military Park – Vicksburg, MS
Position Dates May 25th – July 31st
Position Description The National Park Service is seeking a Historian Intern who will research the agricultural, geographical, and social history of the Champion Hill Battlefield site within Vicksburg National Military Park. The intern will develop a project focusing on one or more of these areas, depending on the student’s research interests and/or academic requirements. Their goal will be to help identify the historical landscape of the Champion Hill Battlefield, as it was on May 16, 1863. This includes identifying the type of landscape, crops, and topography that was present across the area. Time and attention can also be given to understanding the role of farmers and residents that inhabited the land around Champion Hill Battlefield and how the battle affected their lives and livelihood. The intern will be encouraged to conduct library and archival research using primary and secondary sources. There will also be opportunities to physically walk and explore the grounds around Champion Hill Battlefield, now owned by the National Park Service, and to speak to local historians and residents in the area for possible oral histories or primary sources in private hands. The student’s work will provide critical information to assist the National Park Service in identifying the historic perspective of Champion Hill Battlefield as Civil War soldiers experienced it in 1863. The National Park Service can then utilize this research to help restore the battlefield to its original appearance, and better identify the proper placement of military units on the grounds. Finally, a better understanding of the farmers and their crops in the area will help create a community narrative of the inhabitants of the Champion Hill Battlefield during the Civil War. This information will be incorporated into the National Park Service’s collective research and used to create future interpretive programs and research projects.
Learning Goals The intern will learn research techniques on how to synthesize research for presentation, map reading and orienteering skills, have access to interviewing local historians and residents, and learn about the history of
the Civil War specific to the Champion Hill Battlefield. This information will be incorporated into the National Park Service’s collective research and used for future park planning and to create new interpretive programs and research projects.
Qualifications The internship is designed for History majors, with consideration preferred for those specializing in the Civil War, Reconstruction-era, Agricultural History, or Geographical History. While graduate students are preferred, undergraduate students will be considered (e.g. with research and writing requirements) for the position. Candidates should be self-motivated and familiar with the subjects of reading and interpreting maps, handling historic documents and artifacts, conducting research in a library/archive setting, and working within a team environment to collect/share research. Ideal candidates will have also possess strong research, writing, and public speaking skills. Applicants must provide a resume, cover letter, three references, and a writing sample with the Greening Youth application. Finally, applicants must be willing to represent the National Park Service in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. The NPS / park will work with the intern to develop a project suitable for academic credit if needed.
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 The work environment will primarily consist of an office/library setting, where the intern will research historical and cultural topics for study. The intern will routinely conduct outdoor research on the battlefield. This will include walking/hiking through terrain that can be wet, muddy, forested, or rugged. Some of this outdoor activity is considered "strenuous," especially when considering the high heat and humidity of the summer months.
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.
  • Shared housing in a government building within the park boundary. It is cable/internet ready and has AC (window) units and central heating. Housing is two stories (not wheelchair accessible).
  • 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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