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Historic Interpretation Intern
Ref No.: 19-00143
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
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 Historic Interpretation Intern
NPS Unit Name National Capital Parks-East – Washington, DC
Position Dates May 25th – July 31st
Position Description Interns will be working in three historic homes: Carter G. Woodson Home NHS, Frederick Douglass NHS, and the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS. They will be leading guided tours, providing orientation to visitors and helping out at special events. They will be provided training in historical interpretation, develop their public speaking skills and help the park in planning special events.
Interns will have to complete a diary and a project over the course of the summer. They will also be exposed to other NPS sites through field trips and shadowing. Other duties include:
  • Leading guided tours of one of these historic homes: Carter G.Woodson Home NHS, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS, Frederick Douglass NHS.
  • Giving educational programs to schoolchildren
  • Meeting and greeting the general public
  • Learning about archeology and how that relates to public history
  • Performing fieldwork at an archeological site
  • Reading and researching topics about African-American Studies
  • Representing the National Park Service as an Intern.
  • Wearing living history attire representing the 1940s era. (at Woodson Home only)
Learning Goals The intern will receive professional training in historic interpretation. The opportunity to network with leading researchers in the field of African-American Studies. An overview of archeology with hands-on practical experience. Coaching, a research packet and a script to begin your public history experience. Exclusive "behind the scenes” tours that are part of the training program. The chance to socialize and develop friendships with others who share your interest in history and enjoyment in speaking to the public.
Qualifications Applicants should be willing to perform public speaking. Majors in: Education, History, African American Studies, Theater, Arts and American Studies preferred.
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 is primarily indoors; however, occasional walking tours may be outside. Weather in DC can be hot (sites are air-conditioned). The position involves interaction with the general public.
Vehicle/License Requirement A personal vehicle is not 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.
  • A housing assistance stipend is 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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