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Interpretation and Education Astronomy Intern
Ref No.: 19-00137
Location: Waco, Texas
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 Interpretation and Education Astronomy Intern
NPS Unit Name Waco Mammoth National Monument – Waco, TX
Position Dates May 25th – July 31st
Position Description HBCU interns (HBCUI) will help the park strengthened and expand its interpretation and education efforts to more diverse audiences by developing and conducting mission-focused astronomy and Columbian
Mammoth history programs with the assistance of park employees and external partners such as the Central Texas Astronomical Society, City of Waco, Waco Mammoth Foundation, and Baylor University at Waco Mammoth National Monument (WACO). WACO has conducted annual star gazing events but would like to expand its programming by offering weekly solar and monthly moon gazing programming to engage visitors about the importance of night sky preservation. Also, the intern will collaborate with park staff and external partners to provide input during the park’s process of becoming an Urban Night Sky designation site. The internship is a hands-on approach to introduce the intern to the importance of preservation, partnerships, interpretation, education, outreach, and employment in the National Park Service.
Learning Goals The HBCUI intern will be immersed in the field of interpretation during their internship. The intern will learn to create interpretive programs with themes, goals, objectives, and universal concepts. They will be able to provide programs to a variety of audiences and improve their communication skills. The intern will also learn about job opportunities in the National Park Service by shadowing experiences each week of the internship. The intern will closely work with the supervisor to learn about partnership engagement through on the job experience. They also will work with their supervisor and the Central Texas Astronomical Society to learn the basics of astronomy. In addition, the HBCUI intern will learn how to create a government resume and how to apply for a federal job.
Qualifications Interns are required to have or working towards an undergrad or graduate degree in history, paleontology, environmental science, education, or similar subjects. Interns should have strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • The park will provide basic interpretive and night sky training for the intern.
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 Work will be conducted both indoors and outdoors. The intern will spend 35% of their time with administrative and researching duties on a computer, 50% conducting interpretation and education programs, 15% traveling to speaking engagements, and outreach events.
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.
  • The National Park Service has an agreement with Baylor University to house interns in a shared two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment. Housing is 7 miles away from Waco Mammoth National Monument and close to amenities such as restaurants and grocery stores.
  • 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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