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Interpretation Intern
Ref No.: 19-00140
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
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 Intern: Interpreting New Orleans African American History
NPS Unit Name Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve – New Orleans, LA
Position Dates May 25th – July 31st
Position Description The intern will work with a park ranger to research, develop, and deliver a 30 - 45-minute interpretive program in the courtyard (or visitor center in the case of rain) that highlights New Orleans' African American history. Examples of program topics are vast, but they could include: Congo Square, New Orleans Free People of Color population, Black Masking Indians, The Founding of New Orleans, Homer V Plessy, New Orleans Civil Rights Stories, Traditional African spiritual rituals, Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Fazendville Descendents, and many other options.
The intern will also help to organize JELA's "Conversations with New Orleans Civil Rights Leaders" which is a new facilitated dialogue series started in 2019 where the park plays hosts to local Civil Rights Leaders like Leona Tate, Jerome Smith, and Kalumu Ya Salaam. Daily walking tours are no longer offered at Jean Lafitte NHP, and a 9:30 am Ranger Talk is offered instead. This internship will focus on researching, developing, and finally, delivering an interpretive program in place of a walking tour with a focus on the prolific contributions of Africans and African Americans to 301 years of New Orleans history. Our 2019 HBCUI was Hunter Miles Davis, who was mentored by author Freddi Evans WIlliams, Baba Luther Gray, and Ranger Karen. Here is a synapse of Hunter's summer internship.
Learning Goals The intern will be trained on public speaking techniques and how to staff the visitor center information desk. The intern will have several "resource days," which are guided excursions exploring African American sites in New Orleans that are related to the mutually agreed upon topic of the intern's talk. Intern will learn NPS standards of primary research, how to document and cite references. Intern will learn to develop an interpretive program that is thoroughly researched and based on the most current sound scholarship available to the park. Research encompasses several viewpoints (3 or more) to accommodate a wide variety of audiences. Intern will learn to develop the program from primary park themes and how to be successful as a catalyst in creating opportunities for audience to form their connections with the meanings and significance inherent in the resource and demonstrates a fully developed theme. Intern will learn interpretive standards (as described in the Interpretive Development Program modules), as well as how to persistently present interpretive material rather than informational products whenever appropriate. The intern will receive interpretive training skills through online, classroom, cross-training, or other enriching experiences, resulting in earning 16 hours of  interpretive training. The intern will also complete a written product benefiting the park. The assignment is generated between the park intern and supervisor and is usually connected to the interpretive talk which is developed. The printed product must be completed by the intern during the summer internship and be between 5 and 10 pages total and must be received before the completion of the internship and meet the standards of the park supervisor.
Qualifications The park is especially interested in Theater, History, or Art majors who have a passion for African American history and for learning the lesser-known stories tied to the African American experience through New 
Orleans history. A specific major is less important than the desire to learn and be passionate about a particular topic which the intern will select to develop an interpretive program. Additionally, intern must be able to report to work on time, complete work assignments independently, and be willing to accept the gift of feedback and coaching to fully excel in this internship.
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 Research and development will be spent indoors in the visitor center and occasional offsite visiting historic sites for research. Programs will be given outside in the mornings unless it is raining. The local area is semi-tropical.
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
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