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Multimedia Outreach Intern
Ref No.: 21-00184
Location: Yorktown, Virginia
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 Multimedia Outreach Intern
NPS Unit Name Colonial National Historic Park
Position Dates May 16,2021
Position Description Colonial National Historical Park preserves key locations, Jamestown and Yorktown, for both the beginning and end of English colonialism in America. These locations tell the story of how theUnited States came to be an independent nation. In anticipation for the 250th anniversary, the park is undergoing a major restructuring of both its website and social media presence. During This process, the park is prioritizing communicating an accurate and inclusive history ofJamestown and Yorktown. The Multimedia Outreach Intern will assist in gathering information to populate both Colonial National Historical Park's website, , and social media platforms.Responsibilities include: Conducts research using both primary and secondary sources about the history of Colonial National Historical Park. Potential research topics will depend on theMultimedia Outreach Intern's academic interests and experience. Examples of potential topics include: Slabtown: A vibrant community of formally enslaved peoples that inhabited YorktownBattlefield from the end of the civil war until the 1970s. Climate Change and its impact (sea level rise) on the cultural and natural resources preserved at the park. The history of IndigenousPeoples on these lands Drafts written content to populate the park's website, waysides, and social media. Assists the Visual Information Specialist in addressing accessibility barriers on the website. This includes updating PDFs for accessibility, providing alt text for all images, and developing alternative methods for the park to digitally disseminate information. Updating thepark's digital photo gallery Drafts social posts for Facebook and Instagram to meet NationalPark Service themed monthly messaging. This includes taking/finding supporting photographs for featured posts. Works closely with Park Service professionals at multiple parks depending on research requirements. Collaborates with subject matter experts to ensure the accuracy of all information shared on the park website and social media.
Learning Goal This opportunity will expose interns to the necessary skills and proficiencies needed to communicate complicated subjects to the general public. These skills include but are not limited to; the ability to conduct research using verified primary and secondary sources,copywriting and editing for digital audiences, photography, developing engaging but accurate narratives, assessing web pages and social media for accessibility, and collaborating with subject matter experts.
Qualifications Completed at least two years of post-secondary education. Preference given to experience inEnglish, Communications, Journalism, American Studies, Public History, History, orEnvironmental Studies. Experience writing for digital audiences Familiarity with social media platforms including Facebook and Instagram Demonstrated ability to perform in-depth research on historical/natural resource subject matters Experience with editing web pages andPDF documents for accessibility is preferred Must have reliable access to the internet as well as technical equipment including a computer and web camera

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 The Multimedia Outreach Intern will work mostly remote from their own personal computer. If Stationed at the park, research will be conducted using Colonial National Historical Park Cultural resources and library. Depending on their location, this may require the intern to occasionally report in office to perform research as necessary. If the intern is in the local area,orientation will take place on site in the park.
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 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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