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Distance Research Intern
Ref No.: 21-00161
Location: Vicksburg, Mississippi
Position Type:Internship
Start Date: 05/16/2022
Pay Rate : $ 15.00 /Hour
HBCUI (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship)Greening Youth FoundationU.S. National Park ServiceHBCUI 2022

Position Title Distance Research Intern
NPS Unit Name Vicksburg National Battlefield
Position Dates May 16,2021
Position Description Vicksburg National Military Park is seeking a skilled student to conduct groundbreaking research on the United States Colored Troops (USCTs) occupying Vicksburg, Mississippi during both the American Civil War (1861-1865) and Reconstruction Era (1865-1877). The scale of delivering this research and documentation to the park will unveil countless stories that have been waiting on the shelves of the National Archives and Howard University in Washington D.C. for over one hundred years. The receipt, organization, accession into park archives, transcription of historical documents, and review of these records will provide dramatic changes in park interpretation and understanding of the experiences of USCTs and African Americans living in and around Vicksburg, Mississippi during these crucial time periods with the goal of linking the past to Vicksburg’s present community. Distance Research Intern: The responsibility of the distance research intern will be to locate, document, organize the records for daily electronic delivery to ensure the park manages these records. A work plan will give directions to the National Archives; tutorials for: arrival, obtaining research card, checking-in, locker storage, submitting research reference slips for records to be pulled, and the research room are provide; a mentor for asking questions; and weekly check-ins with park staff/on-site researcher about project progress. This vital task will allow for on-site internships to transcribe, read, records, and tell the stories of the men, women, and children who were living in and around Vicksburg National Military Park. These records will be accessible for public consumption which will lead to more scholarship on Vicksburg’s role as a benchmark for successful Reconstruction. On-site Research Intern: The responsibility of the on-site intern will learn the process of organizing the influx of new documents based on the National Archives standards. A work plan will include: learn to organize the records into a digital archive, then accession them into the park archives, learn to decipher 19th century handwriting techniques, transcribe documents into Word and Excel documents, and discover new stories about the USCTs.; a park mentor for asking questions; and weekly check-ins with park staff/distance researcher about project progress. This portion of the internship is labor intensive but will enable years of future internships to develop research skills. A background check is required for this position to access government buildings and computers.
Learning Goal The selected candidate will gain important research skills: · Accessing historical data from the National Archives, colleges, and other repositories. · Formulate new historical questions from analyzing historical textual and digital data. · Evaluate and determine significant historical data. · Organizing electronic files based on National Park Service best practices. · Deliver new, thought-provoking research for the creation of diverse interpretive content for the park. · Learn about careers with the National Park Service and Federal Government.
Qualifications The researcher must have: · Microsoft Word & Excel experience · A laptop computer · Access to a smartphone with USB cable for uploading documents to laptop. · A strong passion to assist and accomplish important interpretive change at Vicksburg National Military Park.

Participants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident ( "green-card-holder) and currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D. degree program at an accredited institution of higher education during the summer internship.
Additional qualifications:
  • Must be currently enrolled or recent graduate of an accredited HBCU institution
  • Must be between 16 and 30years of age
  • Must be U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident or U.S. national
  • Must be able to pass a federal background check
  • Must be fully vaccinated 
Work Environment Distance Research Intern’s work environment will be at the National Archives Building in Washington D.C. Temperatures tend to be on the colder site and interns should dress appropriately for the correct time of the year. On-Site Intern’s work environment will consist of mainly of office desk work. Long periods of sitting throughout the day working on a computer organizing and transcribing incoming data from the distance research intern. Outreach into the community to discuss the project and process is encouraged. Vicksburg, Mississippi ranges from low 90s to low 100s in temperature and is very humid in the summertime.
Vehicle/License Requirement A personal vehicle is needed.
Compensation and Benefits
  • Compensation is at a rate of $15.00 per hour, 40 hours per week.
  • Mandatory attendance in the all-expense-paid Leadership & Careers 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 and cover letters are required to apply. Please combine as one PDF document and upload file to the SERVE portal.
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