Buffalo Soldier Research and Education Intern

The need for preserving all of our nation's history has never been greater, we're counting on you! HBCUI (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship) Program is a 10-week summer experience brought to you by Greening Youth Foundation in partnership with the U.S. National Park Service. As a part of HBCUI, students from schools around the country are putting their unique skills and talents to work in preserving the contributions of African Americans to our nation's history and culture. Participants gain real-world, on-the-job experience as they explore federal careers in the U.S. National Park Service.
Position Title Buffalo Soldier Research and Education Intern
NPS Unit Name Chiricahua National Monument – Wilcox, AZ
Position Dates June 4 – August 3, 2018
Position Description This internship will provide interdisciplinary opportunities, ranging from archeology and museum studies to communication and field research. The HBCU intern will continue research on the Buffalo Soldiers (10th Cavalry, Troops E, H, and I) who were stationed in Bonita Canyon in 1885-1886 as part of the Geronimo Campaign. An expanded area of focus could be Company I of the 10th Cavalry, who were Native Americans in an experimental fighting role (as opposed to only scouting) briefly stationed at Fort Bowie NHS. Very little is known or has been written about Company I.
Duties may involve:
• going to the Western Archeology and Conservation Center (WACC) in Tucson to photograph artifacts associated with the Buffalo Soldier camp in Bonita Canyon;
• contacting other NPS, local, state, or federal sites that have a connection to Buffalo Soldiers, especially men stationed here (focused on 1866-1900);
• creating partnerships with other local Buffalo Soldier sites in Arizona and sharing resources
• going to Fort Bowie NHS to look at records on microfilm;
• using websites like fold3.org, National Archives, and the Freedman's Bureau Online, among others to conduct research on individual soldiers;
finding other creative resources to help with research
• writing for NPS websites
• developing timelines, program outlines, and other resources for park staff and visitors Create end of internship evening program/campground presentation about new discoveries and accomplishments 
• Create possible other interpretive programs, as time and/or interest allow (guided walk through remains of the Buffalo Soldier Camp, patio talks, etc.)
• Expand the connection between Buffalo Soldiers and Chiricahua Apache (US policies of the time to remove American Indians, but the government also created specific American Indian units within the Buffalo Soldiers (10th Cav?) to help with that removal…)
• Connect soldiers' stories to the bigger picture (example: John Casey's third wife was white, and they had to get married in Kansas instead of their home state of Missouri because interracial marriage was illegal in MO until 1967 Loving vs. Virginia.)
The intern will be supporting Chiricahua in its commitment to preserve and tell history relevant to and inclusive of all Americans. Additionally, this internship will allow a student the opportunity to work with National Park Service education and interpretation staff, public history professionals from academic institutions, to learn about career opportunities, and to support his or her personal, professional and educational enrichment.
The intern with the following skills and experiences:
1. Completed at least one year of undergraduate education, and coursework at the undergraduate or graduate level in fields such as anthropology (physical anthropology, archaeology, or cultural anthropology), sociology, history, political science, human geography, demography, and sociology.
2. Strong writing skills and the ability to digest and synthesize information quickly for a broad audience.
3. Strong oral communication skills that would enable the intern to work with both park staff and park visitors.
4. Flexibility and adaptability to respond to changing conditions and adapt research to follow-up on information revealed during research.
5. Ability to present research findings in public lectures and presentations.
6. An interest in the history and mission of the National Park Service.
7. Proficiency in Microsoft Office products.
8. Ability to work independently with limited guidance.
  • The internship is available to US Citizens or permanent residents only.
  • Intern must be between the age of 18 and 35.
  • Intern must undergo a federal background check successfully.
Work Environment Most work will be in an office work environment. Some work will be at WACC looking at archival material and documents. Fieldwork could involve going out with the park archeologist to look at sites related to Buffalo Soldiers, visiting other NPS and local/state/national sites that have a direct connection to soldiers stationed in Bonita Canyon. An end-of-internship program will be presented to a general audience of park visitors and staff. There will most likely be other summer interns in the park, working for different divisions. The workweek will be Monday-Friday.
Vehicle/License Requirement A valid driver's license and personal vehicle is required. The student may operate government vehicles. Students that are in this position must carry a valid state issued ID with them at all times.
Compensation and Benefits
  • Compensation is at a rate of $400 per week
  • Air-conditioned park housing is a private room (queen-sized bed) with shared bath, kitchen, and living areas. Free laundry facilities and Wi-Fi are located in the house.
  • Attend the all-expense paid Leadership & Careers Workshop in Washington, D.C. in August
  • Qualify for federal non-compete hiring after meeting service requirements
  • 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: www.serve.gyfoundation.org
For more information about HBCUI visit www.hbcui.gyfoundation.org.
QUESTIONS? Contact us at hbcui@gyfoundation.org
Greening Youth Foundation (GYF, www.gyfoundation.org) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to nurture environmental stewardship among diverse youth and young adults, while exposing them to conservation careers.
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