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Muscial Interpretation Intern
Ref No.: 19-00139
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
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 Musical Interpretation Intern: Interpreting the African American Experience Through Music
NPS Unit Name New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park – New Orleans, LA
Position Dates May 25th – July 31st
Position Description
The intern will learn, on average, 4 new songs per week as assigned by supervisor that fits interpretive program themes. The intern will be required to practice daily, both individually and in a group setting, as a member of the Arrowhead Jazz Band. Intern will practice public speaking skills daily by being coached by JAZZ staff on proper microphone technique, posture, projecting confidence, stage presence, voice tone, and messaging. After two weeks of coaching, intern will introduce concerts in a concert setting daily at the New Orleans Jazz Museum and the visitor center for the New Orleans Jazz NHP. Standard introductions are 3 minutes long and include performer information, self-introduction, and describing the HBCUI program, mission of the New Orleans Jazz NHP, and explaining the partnership between the Louisiana State Museum and the NPS. Research, under the guidance of JAZZ supervisor, specific topics that fit program themes like “Freedom is Coming,” “Civil Rights & Jazz,” “The “Influence of the Blues in Jazz music,” “Jazz Funerals,” and “Brass Band Parades.” The research will be used to provide interpretive introductions to song titles during concerts. The intern will be trained to open and close visitor centers, complete sales transactions, direct visitors to local Jazz resources and project the NPS standard of professionalism and customer service. Daily tasks will include accompanying JAZZ supervisor to park division and squad meetings, introducing public concerts and events for the New Orleans Jazz NHP and the New Orleans Jazz Museum, rehearsing daily with the NPS Arrowhead Jazz Band to learn new music, Performing and rehearsing daily with local New Orleans jazz musicians or with the Arrowhead Jazz Band during afternoon interpretive performances. The intern will complete a final project that will be professionally filmed and recorded. The final project will be the composition of an original piece of music that thematically interprets one of the stories that the intern focused on during the summer. The Independently composed piece of music will then be used by the park in its NPS website and social media platforms. Intern will create an original musical composition that will enhance the interpretation of one aspect of the African American Experience in New Orleans. Here is a synapse of our 2019 HBCUI final project with Santrell Perdue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6IxuvFDVLE
 
The intern will also be a participant in the following special concerts or programs:
  • Wednesday Piano Series
  • MAAFA concert at the Ashe’ Cultural Center as part of the parks’ Essence Festival special events. July 6th, 2020
  • Spirits of Congo Square. Every Saturday. African Drum and Dance workshop with the Congo Square
  • Preservation Society.
The intern will be trained to use live performed jazz music a catalyst in creating opportunities for the audience to form their own intellectual and emotional connections with the meaning s and significance inherent in music and the people who created this music. Interns will learn music and stylistic/genres through individual practice and group rehearsal daily.
 
The intern will be trained to learn the basics of interpretation. The National Park Service defines interpretation as "a catalyst in creating  opportunities for the audience to form their own intellectual and emotional connections with the meanings and significance inherent in the resource." During the internship the supervisor will spend time discussing ways to create opportunities for the audience to form their own connections with the music that is being performed and the stories of the people who created the music. We are looking to train an intern to become a ranger/musician to work at the New Orleans Jazz National
Historical Park. We are looking for an intern that can already perform either vocally, or instrumentally, music in the style of jazz, blues & gospel. The intern will need to be able to learn music independently and in group rehearsals and be willing to learn interpretive techniques to create opportunities for the audience to form their own intellectual and emotional connections with jazz music. The intern will engage in critical thinking by connecting jazz music, and the music that helped to create jazz (blues, spirituals, etc) to contemporary issues in American society.
The intern will rehearse music daily, practice public speaking daily and learn to be thematic in the context of a formal interpretive presentation involving music. The intern will spend approximately 20% of the time being trained to open and close the visitor center and receive training on NPS standards of customer service while staffing the visitor center front desk. The intern will spend approximately 30% of the time in research and preparation/ of musical pieces or background information.  The intern will spend about 30% of the time delivering programs, introducing concerts, and performing with rangers at the New Orleans Jazz NHP. The intern will spend approximately 20% of time representing the National Park Service at festivals, outreach, and community events. The intern will plan and prepare for a minimum of 3 special offsite events, which will include event planning elements and accompanying JAZZ supervisor to planning meetings with community partners. Additionally, Intern will develop a ten-minute interpretive ranger talk (or a guided tour through the Jazz Museum) to be given on Friday mornings at the park.
Learning Goals
  1. Interpretation and Appropriate Techniques Interns will learn about interpretation and how to connect a tangible musical idea like a song, dance, or rhythm to an uncertain meaning. The intern will be trained to use live performed jazz music a catalyst in creating opportunities for the audience to form their own intellectual and emotional connections with the meanings and significance inherent in music and the people who created this music.
  2. Communication & Public Speaking Will be trained to communicate eloquently and confidently both onstage for formal concerts, or in smaller group settings. Intern will learn to communicate, in her own words, the mission of the NPS and the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park to the public during formal and informal programs. Prior interns have all made a drastic improvement in confidence and ability to speak in front of audiences during their internship.
  3. Musicianship Interns will get to improve upon their vocal or instrumental musicality by constant and structured rehearsal and coaching. Prior interns have all made marked musical improvements throughout their internship. The intern will also create an original musical composition that thematically interprets one of the parks’ interpretive theme statements.
  4. Cultural Resource Research Interns will learn pick an area of interest from the many cultural resources inherent in jazz and will be guided to dig deeper into the subject to be able to speak with authority about the subject.
  5. NPS Visitor Center Operations Intern will learn NPS customer service and how to staff a visitor center information desk to include opening and closing procedures.
  6. Leadership Development
  7. The intern will be given a budget to adhere to for hiring local musicians (NPS handles financial logistics) and will be trained how to build a show, lead a band, convey confidence as they prepare for, and deliver their final recital.
Qualifications The intern should be either music performance or theater major. The intern should be able to sing or play a musical instrument at an advanced level in the following styles: jazz, gospel, blues, or rhythm and blues. The intern shall provide an audio or video example of musical performance. The applicant will not be rated on the quality of the recording (cell phone recording or video is fine), but it is necessary to confirm that the level of musical ability is met to achieve the park's goals.
 
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 Note that relative humidity, especially in summer months, can reach 90% so that temperatures can feel 10-20 degrees hotter than actual temperature. New Orleans Jazz Museum and the New Orleans JAZZ NHP visitor center are both located in the French Quarter, and work will primarily be indoors. There is a grocery store within walking distance to the park.
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 will be 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.