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Digital History Intern: African American Experience and the California National Historic Trail
Ref No.: 21-00167
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Position Type:Internship
Start Date: 05/23/2022
Pay Rate : $ 15.00 /Hour
HBCUI (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship) Greening Youth Foundation U.S. National Park Service HBCUI 2022

Position Title Digital History Intern
NPS Unit Name National Trails
Position Dates May 16,2021
Position Description The National Park Service (NPS) National Trails office (NTIR) seeks a California National HistoricTrail (NHT) Digital Public History Intern. The intern will research and develop interpretive media related to Black history and the California NHT. In collaboration with National Trails staff, the intern will determine which stories should be developed into content for the California NHTwebsite and social media platforms. The intern will conduct independent research to write digital content for a broad audience about historic sites, events, and figures. The internship will offer students the opportunity to learn more about interpretation and education as a profession within the NPS. This is a remote opportunity. Learn more at: CaliforniaNational Historic Trail Over 250,000 emigrants traveled west to the gold fields and rich farmlands of California during the 1850s and 1840s. The paths they traveled are now designated as the California National Historic Trail (NHT) which stretches over 5,000 miles across 10 states. The California NHT is administered by the National Park Service's NationalTrails office. A National Historic Trail is a long-distance route that follows and commemorates historic path of travel that changed the history and character of the U.S. Today the route offers opportunities to visit surviving sites, trail segments, and defining places of history and learn about the diverse stories they tell. National historic trails are unlike national parks in that theNPS NTIR does not own or manage land along the historic route. Rather, NTIR works with the governments, tribes, institutions, and private landowners who manage the lands along the historic route. National Trails Office National Trails administers nine national historic trails and one historic highway that, combined, stretch for 25,000 miles across 24 states. The National Trails office works with a diversity of partners to protect, develop, and promote these special places. Their staff of interdisciplinary experts assist community groups, private land owners,nonprofit organizations, tribes, and federal, state, county, and local agencies with site planning and design, on-the-ground trail mapping, educational opportunities, and identifying and protecting resources.
Learning Goal Best practices in the field of interpretation and its processes, writing for a public audience,evaluation of interpretive materials, research and content review, history methods, NPS design standards, digital tools for communication, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Qualifications To qualify, the applicant should: (1) be a student at an HBCU; (2) have an interest in history, interpretation, National Trails, and/or the National Park Service; (3) have strong written communication skills and an interest in writing for public audiences; (4) have knowledge,experience, or interest in history interpretation through digital media; and (5) have demonstrated experience working independently and collaborating on work or school projects.

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 This is a remote opportunity. The intern and supervisor will work out a schedule for virtualmeetings and check-ins with staff. The intern will be responsible for their own workplace and internet connection but NTIR will provide a PIV (secure access) card and government computerafter a background check.
Vehicle/License Requirement A personal vehicle is not 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 at . Resumes and cover letters are required to apply. Please combine as one PDF document and upload file to the SERVE portal.
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