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Digital Archives Intern
Ref No.: 20-00005
Location: Tuskegee, Alabama
Position Type:Internship
Start Date: 10/12/2020
Pay Rate : $ 15.00 /Hour
Position Overview:

Location: Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site

The intern will conduct research using primary and secondary sources, including oral histories, books, articles, online resources, photographs, and in-person interviews to prepare the text for an interpretive handbook on the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. A primary resource will be the under-development Historic Resource Study, which is written as an academic document. This will be combined with other resources to produce an online handbook written for a general audience that will use techniques associated with NPS Interpretation and Education Principles of Audience-Centered Education.
Learning Goals:
The intern will hone research skills that can be employed in many different fields, not limited to the social sciences or law. The focus of this research will be on African-American history in the U.S. Armed Forces, from colonial times to the modern age, with concentrated focus on the Tuskegee Airmen Experience of World War II. Continued scholarship and historiography could bring uncovered aspects to light and enrich the story of the Tuskegee Airmen and their struggle for equality at home and abroad. Work will be facilitated by NPS staff; intern will also gain interpersonal skills required to work successfully as a member of a team and obtain experience in park operations and terminology. Customer service and correspondence skills will be exercised through on-the-job coaching, mentoring, and training by National Park Service supervisory, interpretive, and curatorial staff.


The ideal candidate for the internship will be an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in a field requiring historical research skills, to include the social sciences such as history, archaeology, anthropology, pan-African studies, sociology, forensic or medical science, computer information systems, or even law. A background in retail or other field requiring face-to-face customer service is desirable.
Additional qualifications:
  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited HBCU institution
  • Must be between 16 and 35 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:

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site (TUAI) is comprised of the historic core of Moton Field, one of three airfields established prior to World War II in the vicinity of Tuskegee, AL. The airfields were created to train African-American pilots in the Civilian Pilot Training Program during the ramp-up to the war. Hangars 1 & 2, the Skyway Club (all ranks club), and extant associated structures comprise the park. It is located in Tuskegee, Alabama, which is in the east-central portion of the state. The setting is small town, at an altitude of about 463'. Distinctive seasons occur. Summers are hot and very humid. Winters are mild, with temperatures occasionally into the teens. Thunderstorms, especially in summer, are not uncommon. Tuskegee has grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, and a library. Auburn, AL, a city with abundant amenities and home of Auburn University is located 20 miles to the northeast. Alabama's capital, Montgomery, is 30 miles west on Interstate 85.

Vehicle/License Requirement:

Personal vehicle required

Compensation and Benefits:
  • Compensation is at a rate of $15 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
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