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Public History and Visitor Experience Intern
Ref No.: 20-00013
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Position Type:Internship
Start Date: 10/19/2020
Pay Rate : $ 15.00 /Hour
Position Overview:
Location: National Capital Parks - East
National Capital Parks-East has developed an internship program at the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site and Frederick Douglass National Historic Site to enhance visitor experience while providing practical skills and mentoring to the participant. During the course of the program, interns will learn about the role and function of the NPS, have classes in historic interpretation, assist in planning and managing special events and gain practical experience in teamwork by working with Rangers. To give interns a broader perspective of career options, interns will take short study trips to other NPS sites, apprentice with other departments (divisions) and perform curatorial, and some maintenance work. Researching and sharing the stories of Dr. Carter G. Woodson and Frederick Douglass will inspire the interns themselves.  Some may go on to an NPS career, however, for those that do not, they will have gained valuable experience in public speaking, writing, researching, and team-building. They will also have gained a greater awareness of the importance of African American heritage sites to the nation through firsthand experience and a greater appreciation of how these sites have a positive impact on communities.
Learning Goals:
Members of the internship program will enhance their research and public speaking skills by developing and giving guided programs to visitors. They will gain experience in giving curriculum-based educational programs and giving talks to school students.  Longstanding NPS professionals will provide training in Public History and developing presentation.  Interns will understand how museums run from an operational point of view and gain experience in teamwork. In addition, interns will more fully understand how historic sites such as these improve the lives of the communities they serve.
  • Experience in researching and writing is preferred
  • Candidates should be comfortable in public speaking (note, training will be provided)
  • Background in History, Theater, Arts or Public History is a plus but students from any major are welcome to apply.
  • Interest in African American History and willingness to share it with visitors of all ages is a must. 
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:

National Capital Parks-East is a collection of NPS sites (nature and historic) that tell the American story. They are located in the District of Columbia in the Shaw Neighborhood (Northwest) and Anacostia (Southeast). Locations are near public transportation (bus lines and metro stations), grocery stores, restaurants are also nearby.
The work environment is primarily indoors, however, occasional walking tours may be outside. Weather in DC can be hot (sites are air-conditioned). Position involves interaction with the general public.

Vehicle/License Requirement:

Vehicle License is not required but it is good to have. Sites are near the Green Line Metro. 

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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