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Project Specialist Intern
Ref No.: 19-00142
Location: Lakewood, Colorado
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 Project Specialist Intern
NPS Unit Name WASO, Denver Service Center, Planning Division – Lakewood, CO
Position Dates May 25th – July 31st
Position Description Serving as a project specialist, the intern will acquire a working knowledge and understanding of the National Park Service organization and its role in management and visitor access. The intern will have opportunities to facilitate and document conversations with park and regional staff while performing surveys related to the use of accessibility transition plans at up to 30 parks. Each of these parks has completed an Accessibility Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan that identifies accessibility barriers and recommends actions for removing the barriers. These action documents are valuable tools for the parks to
improve accessibility to their programs and facilities and better assist and share the park’s story with visitors with disabilities. To gather feedback on the plans, identify if and how they are being used, and inform future improvements, surveys need to be completed with each of these parks. This work will involve phone calls, emails, and possible travel to a few parks for meetings with staff and documentation of accessibility improvements. Results from these surveys will be compiled in a formal report, which will influence our future planning. The work will be fast-paced, with competing deadlines and high standards of work products.
Learning Goals Through this opportunity, the intern will develop facilitation skills, writing, communication, critical thinking, and time management skills. The intern will learn how to perform surveys, facilitate calls and meetings, and compile a detailed report. They will also improve their understanding of accessibility, planning, and plan implementation. The end goal of these Self-Evaluation and Transition Plans is to enhance the experience for visitors with disabilities when visiting national parks, and the intern will play an essential part in making sure that the plans are implemented and relevant. At the conclusion of the internship, the intern should feel pleased that they have played a role in expanding the diversity of visitors who can experience and enjoy the parks.
Qualifications The intern should be seeking a degree in resource management and policy, design, public affairs, visitor use, or related social sciences, such as sociology or statistics. Familiarity with survey methods would be helpful but is not required. The ideal candidate is highly motivated, a good writer and communicator, and enjoys working in a highly collaborative team environment. The candidate should have an interest in pursuing a career with a federal land management agency focusing on planning, policy, and resource management, and they should also be interested in accessibility and visitor use.
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 Denver Service Center is located in Lakewood, Colorado, a Denver suburb about 20 miles from downtown. The city is a little above 5500 feet in elevation, so interns from coastal regions of the country may temporarily feel short of breath if they are not acclimated. In the summer, Lakewood typically has high temperatures in the 80s and 90s and lows in the 50s and 60s.
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.
  • Housing 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
  • 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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