Cultural Resource Intern

GYF POSITION  ANNOUNCEMENT
Greening Youth Foundation (GYF, www.gyfoundation.org) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to nurture environmental stewardship among diverse youth and young adults, and expose them to conservation careers. 
                                          
Opportunity:
GYF seeks 5 interns in the position of Cultural Resources Specialist-Graduate and PhD level (Historian, Anthropologist, and/or Collections Manager) for the National Capital Region, in Washington, DC.
The one year internship started June 20, 2016 through approximately December 31, 2017 or until hours of the intership are completed.
 
Position Overview and Tasks:
The Cultural Resource Intern’s main job responsibilities will be to work collaboratively with the National Capital Region Cultural Resource Division, to collect and synthesize information from a variety of sources (i.e. community members, museums, archives, libraries, etc.) related to on-going social science research and collections management projects.  The majority of work will take place indoors, with the interns moving between multiple projects and working with many collaborators during their experience.  The work may require limited travel to local National Parks and historic sites; local archives, libraries, and historical societies, and other locations to conduct research.  This internship aims to develop in the intern a working knowledge of cultural resources management, conducting multiyear research projects, and interdisciplinary approaches in documenting American history and engaging diverse audiences.  Critical team management, customer relationship management, professional communication, and interpersonal skills will also be developed throughout.
 
Contribute to the following Project Tasks: 
·         Thematic Framework for the history of Civil Rights in NCR
Support the primary investigator and region in conducting primary and secondary research to determine the historic significance of NCR sites and contribute to draft historic context narratives for a thematic framework of NCR Civil Rights sites; conduct a literature review and contribute to the development of annotated bibliographies of primary and secondary sources on the historical theme of the Civil Rights Movement in the National Capital Region; identify and create annotated lists of existing NCR Civil Rights sites locally and nationally-significant within the boundary of NCR. Collaborate with the Network to Freedom Program, Interpretation and Communications division to develop strategies to share research with parks and the general public.
 
·         Historic Resource Study of Early Civil Rights Movement in NCR
Support the primary investigator and region in conducting primary and secondary research of sites, individuals, and stories significant to the Early Civil Rights Movement, with emphasis on the Reconstruction period and Jim Crow Era; conduct a literature review and contribute to the development of an annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources; identify and create an annotated list of sites and people locally and nationally-significant to the Early Civil Rights Movement within the boundary of NCR; prepare lists of Civil Rights organizations and potential partners important to the telling of the Early Civil Rights Movement in NCR. Collaborate with the Network to Freedom Program, Interpretation and Communications division to develop strategies to share research with parks and the general public.
 
 
 
 
 
 
·         Research, Collect, Archive the NPS Summer in the Parks and DC Riot History
Support the primary investigator and region in conducting primary and secondary documenting racial tensions in Washington, DC that lead to the DC Riots following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., conducting primary and secondary documenting the development and implementation of the NPS Summer in the Parks programming in response to community relations, conduct a literature review and contribute to the development of annotated bibliographies of primary and secondary sources,  identify and create annotated lists of sites locally and nationally-significant to the riots and Summer in the Parks programming, within the boundary of NCR. Collaborate with the parks, Interpretation and Communications division to develop programs and strategies to share research with parks and the general public.
 
·         Research, Archive, and Make Accessible Multiple Stories from Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, Carter G Woodson Home, and the National Mall
 
Supporting the site curator and site archivist in conducting primary and secondary research documenting property rights and accession history, as well as the Wednesdays in Mississippi workshops; contribute to focus groups discussions in support of the Carter G. Woodson Home exhibit development, and Marin Luther King Jr Memorial interpretive media development; conduct and transcribe oral histories related to the modern civil rights movement and process and digitize records.  Work collaboratively with the Interpretation and Communications division to develop strategies to share research/resources with parks and the general public. 
 
Requirements/Qualifications:
 
The successful candidate will be a graduate-level student; a PhD student is preferred but not required. They must be from socially and economically diverse backgrounds, with academic majors in history, historic preservation, public history, architectural history, art history, American/Ethnic Studies, Women’s Studies, Anthropology/Ethnography, or Collections Management. Candidates must have demonstrated experience conducting primary and secondary research resulting in an analytic paper or report, and should be able to write reports using the Chicago Manual style with few grammatical, syntax and citation errors.
Candidates must have strong oral and written communication skills and should also be able to work independently as well as in a team setting. They must be proficient with word processing, electronic databases, and internet research, and have the ability to borrow materials from local archives, libraries (such as the Library of Congress, Washington DC Public Library or a local college library), historical societies, and other repositories to conduct research.  The successful candidate must be able to pass a federal background check.
 
Position Compensation
 
The intern will be compensated at an hourly rate of $12.00. Interns will also receive a monthly mass-transit allowance per month.
 
Application Information
If interested, please send a resume to the attention of Jbclark@gyfoundation.org or apply on JobDiva at www.serve.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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