Communications Intern

Because 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) 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 Communications Intern
NPS Unit Name WASO Office of Communications – Washington, DC
Position Dates May 29th – August 3rd, 2018
Position Description The Office of Communications supports the National Park Service with innovative and responsive communications strategies and leads the Service in exploring new ways to communicate broadly about the National Park Service’s mission. The intern will support these efforts working with the Public Affairs and Digital Strategy Divisions in the office.
With the Public Affairs media and content teams, s/he will help with messaging on projects that connect various audiences to the National Park Service, its mission, and amazing places, including promoting the work of the HBCUI interns national wide through social media posts, press releases, and videos. In all of the projects, s/he will gain practical experience by producing tangible items (press releases, videos, social media posts, etc.) that will help in his or her career development, S/he will interact with members of the media, assist in the development and implementation of communication plans, respond to phone and email inquiries, and provide insight and input to help expand the NPS audience. The intern will represent the NPS in a professional manner, in various settings, with various audiences including, but not limited to, partners, news media, dignitaries, and the public. S/he will provide assistance in the facilitation, coordination, and distribution of information to national, regional, and park staff as well as various partners.
With the Digital Strategy team, s/he will learn to work in the content management system, learn about and work site content describing the project, including the opportunity/need that will be met, and the things that the intern will do.
Learning Goals The intern will receive training in the writing of a press release, how to create content in the content management system, and photography and video techniques. Additionally, through content submissions the intern will receive training on how to write for the web and for public consumption through news outlets.
The intern should have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. S/he should have had some college -level writing/journalism/communications/visual media classes. Has experience preparing, writing, and/or editing written material. Desire and/or ability to work as part of a team to brainstorm and develop outreach materials and achieve common goals. Ability to cooperate with and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, partners, the media, and the public. Experience with social media.
Experience with, videography, graphic design, and/or multimedia creation is a plus. Comfortable learning new software. have degrees in History, Education, Resource Management, Communication and Parks and Recreation/Environmental Studies.
Additional qualifications:
  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited HBCU institution
  • Must be between 18 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 This work will primarily be in the office. When there is an opportunity for the intern to go out with other public affairs staff for an event these opportunities are normally in the local DC area. In the past we have also tried to take interns to a local park for a one- day onsite introduction to park operations. We have often had two interns from different programs during the summer.
Vehicle/License Requirement Intern will be required to have a personal vehicle or a valid state driver’s license in order to operate government vehicles while conducting official government business. Please also note if you would recommend a personal vehicle.
Compensation and Benefits
  • Compensation is at a rate of $10 per hour, 40 hours per week.
  • Park housing is not provided. The student selected will be provided a housing stipend that will cover a portion of rent for the 10 weeks. 
  • Mandatory attendance at the all-expense paid Leadership & Careers Workshop in Washington, D.C. in August
  • 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:
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