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) DHA Program is an 11-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: Education Intern
NPS Unit Name: Everglades National Park – Homestead, FL
Position Dates: May 21 – August 3, 2018
Direct Hiring Authority Resource Assistant:
The DHA Resource Assistant internship (DHA-RA) is a unique internship opportunity within the Department of the Interior (DOI). The objective is to build a pathway to employment in the DOI for exemplary students in higher education.
DHA-RA interns will apply content expertise to NPS management and build a network with federal employees throughout the internship. These rigorous internships require specialized expertise and typically are available to upper level undergraduate or graduate students or recent graduates. The internships are designed to develop the participant’s technical and creative thinking abilities, leadership skills, and problem-solving capabilities. DHA-RA interns will receive a weekly stipend of $480, park-provided housing or a housing allowance, and paid travel expenses. Successful completion of the internship does not guarantee that the participant will be hired in to a federal position.
In order to be eligible for a DHA–RA Internship, applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident (“green-card-holder”) and enrolled or within one year of graduating from an institution of higher education.
DHA-RA interns who successfully complete the internship requirements become eligible for 2 years from the date of their degree to be non-competitively hired by the Department of Interior.
The intern will work for the park's Division of Resource Education and Interpretation, supporting the park’s well-established education program by researching and gathering sources related to the African-American stories of Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks. There are connections to the Underground Railroad, the contributions of Black Seminole Indians, a thriving Bahamian fishing community with ties to Key West, and later agricultural families within park boundaries. These stories are not well told and interpretation and education staff lack the resources and information, yet one of our gateway communities has a significant African-American population.
Although the Everglades Education Program has K-8 curriculum materials, we have very little focused on cultural resources and none that relate to African-Americans. The park is working to expand its curriculum offerings to include lessons and materials for high school students, especially for cultural resources. Annually the park’s education program brings 16,000 students to the park and on average 20% of the population identifies themselves as African-American. Within that, Miami has significant Haitian-American and Bahamian populations.
The Education Intern will work with our Cultural Resources staff to use existing sources and seek out additional background material. The intern will identify the story or stories that would best lend themselves to a curriculum-based lesson and develop a lesson plan. The intern will be partnered with a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher to learn how to apply curriculum standards, write lesson plans, and create appropriate assessment tools. They will work together to create at least one lesson and offer suggestions for additional avenues to pursue in the future. Making the material relevant and meaningful to the students, while encouraging critical thinking, will be essential. We will also pursue an opportunity for them to pilot test the activity with local youth from the YMCA program or similar summer camp program.
The intern will also be expected to compile the background sources and create a finding aid to assist park staff in incorporating these “untold stories.” At the end of the internship, the intern will present both the materials identified and demonstrate the lesson plan to park staff including education rangers, interpreters, cultural resources staff, other interns and Teacher- Ranger-Teachers.
Since Everglades National Park was set aside for its biodiversity, the intern will also receive substantial training to better understand the complexities of the park's ecosystem. Additionally, he/she will be introduced to multiple aspects of park operations including working in a visitor center and conducting interpretive talks. The intern will be coached and have an opportunity to present an interpretive talk related to the material he/she is researching.
Week 1: Introduction to park history, staff, education program, intern project; required training, email set-up; networking with other interns.
Week 2: 2 days shadowing visitor center operations and ranger-led programs, meeting with Cultural Resources staff to find resources for project, researching project materials, reviewing curriculum standards, introduction to community members interested in this project.
Week 3: Introductions to and more orientation with Teacher-Ranger-Teachers (TRT), pairing up with assigned mentor TRT, staffing visitor center 2 days, education training and shadowing programs, continuing project work.
Week 4: Preparing to present interpretive talk related to project material, reviewing lesson plan format and curriculum standards with TRT partner, orientation to Biscayne National Park and related African-American stories.
Week 5: Presenting interpretive talk, visitor center operations (2 days), orientation to Big Cypress National Preserve and related African-American stories, 2 days of project work.
Week 6: Orientation trip to Dry Tortugas National Park (4 extended days).
Week 7: Presenting interpretive talk, visitor center operations (2 days), one day of specialized training with TRTs and other interns, 2 days of project work, incorporating new material from other parks, meeting with Cultural Resources staff, meeting with local community members.
Week 8: Presenting interpretive talk, visitor center operations (2 days), one day of specialized training with TRTs and other interns, 2 days of project work.
Week 9: Presenting interpretive talk, visitor center operations (2 days), one day of specialized training with TRTs and other interns, 2 days of project work.
Week 10: Developing PowerPoint presentation for final presentation, finalizing lesson plan.
Week 11: Finalizing lesson plan, compiling background materials for reference for park staff and future interns, presenting findings and demonstrating lesson plan to park Superintendent, Education and Cultural Resources staff, TRTs, other interns, and invited guests and teachers from local community
The intern will:
- Contribute to the NPS curriculum-based cultural resource offerings that tell the stories of the African-American connection to the South Florida National Parks
- Be introduced to the different aspects of managing a national park.
- Connect with local educators and better understand their needs and how park resources can help them.
- Learn how to write curriculum-based lesson plans.
- Learn the foundations of interpretation and how to create opportunities for people to connect to their parks.
- Develop networking abilities with peers and park partners
All degrees may be considered, but preferred fields of study include education, history, African-American studies, museum/archive studies, or interpretation. Because of the nature of the park, we are also willing to consider environmental sciences, parks and recreation, or similar studies. An intern who is eager to learn and try new things will benefit more from this internship. Also, the ability to communicate in writing and collaborate with others, as well as a willingness to share ideas are also essential.
- 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 will include both indoor office work and outdoor field experiences, especially for training. Summers in south Florida are hot and humid, with high temperatures in the 90s, heat indexes in the 100s, and lows only in the mid-70s. Mosquitoes can be a problem during the summer rainy season, depending on the frequency and start of rains. "Bug jackets" with 2 layers of netting and insect repellent are provided; however, individuals who are sensitive to bug bites should consider their tolerance level before applying.
Public transportation to the park is not available. A personal vehicle is a must for access to groceries and other amenities in the community. The housing area is not within walking distance of the office. A driver's license is required to operate a government vehicle.
Compensation and Benefits:
- Compensation is at a rate of $480 per week
- Park housing is available in shared housing units. Each individual has their own bedroom. Kitchen, bathroom, porch, and common areas are shared. Units have A/C and furniture, pots, pans, dishes, and cutlery are provided. Interns must bring their own linens and personal belongings. TV and cable are not provided. Cell coverage is variable by carrier.
- 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
Interested students should apply directly to this position via the SERVE job portal at: www.serve.gyfoundation.org
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