Historian Internship

Position Overview and Tasks:

The incumbent will assist the Park History Program. This position will be part of the Research and Science Branch of the National Park Service Southeast Regional Office Cultural Resources Division, located in Atlanta, GA. The Research and Science Branch provides technical assistance and project management services to the region’s seventy parks.

The primary focus of this internship will be to assist the Southeast Region and park staff in maintaining the List of Classified Structures, which documents all park structures that are listed or eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Some knowledge of historic preservation principles and architectural history is preferred. The goal for this internship is to allow an individual to tailor their experience to learn more about the National Park Service, expose themselves to various aspects of Cultural Resources Management, and master skills for their resume, while also meeting the needs of the Park History Program. There may be opportunities to travel to parks in the Southeast Region or to work with parks directly. There will also be opportunities to work with other professionals in the Cultural Resources Division (museum curators, archivists, historic architects, and cultural landscapes architects) if so desired.

Intern tasks will include:

  • Assist SER Cultural Resources staff in maintaining List of Classified Structures, including helping with annual condition assessments, adding new entries, and updating existing entries. Intern will coordinate with park staff and other SER cultural resource professionals to ensure entries are accurate, complete, and up to date.
  • Undertake Determinations of Eligibility (DOE) for resources to be added to the National Register of Historic Places. The intern will coordinate DOEs with park staff and State Historic Preservation Offices.
  • Review cultural resource sections of planning documents.
  • Assist regional historians in scoping history baseline documents.
  • Collaborate with regional historians to determine best ways to disseminate information from history baseline documents to the public.


  • College graduate students of diverse backgrounds
  • Between 16 and 30 years of age
  • Currently enrolled in a college or university, graduate student, or have graduated within the past 2 years
  • Desired majors include
    • History
    • Public History
    • Historic Preservation
  • Possessing some knowledge and enthusiasm in public history or historic preservation are strongly preferred
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residency is required
  • Must be able to pass a federal background check
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral)
  • Strong work ethic and the ability to work independently
  • Must be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment with attention to detail
  • Must be trustworthy, dependable and willing to work with people of different perspectives
  • Have great organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and be able to write reports and create presentations.

Position Compensation:

This internship is compensated at 1414 hours at $12.00 per hour.

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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