Interpreter/Historian 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) 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: Interpreter/Historian
NPS Unit Name: Vicksburg National Military Park – Vicksburg, MS
Position Dates: May 29th – August 3rd, 2018
Position Description:
Historian/Interpreter will research and present programs about the role of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) who occupied Vicksburg during Reconstruction following the end of the Civil War. The intern will present interpretive programs on their research both in the park and in the community. As part of their interpretive duties, the intern will be exposed to living history and given opportunities to experiment with 3rd person interpretation of USCT. The research will be packaged for future employees to use, and the intern will work with park staff to add their research to the park website and help design a temporary display highlighting their scholarly findings.
Intern will learn research techniques, how to synthesize research for others to use, interpretation skills, living history skills, public speaking skills, and will learn about the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the role of the USCT in the south following the Civil War.
Educational major in History or related field (anthropology, American Studies, Museum Studies…) Skills in research and public speaking are desired.
Additional qualifications:
  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited HBCU institution
  • Must be between 16 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:       
Work will be done mostly in an indoor setting. When presenting programs, intern can expect to be in the field for upwards of 2 hours at a time.
Vehicle/License Requirement:
Valid driver’s license is required. Personal vehicle is not required, but the housing and park are not served by public transportation, and getting groceries would be difficult without a car.
Compensation and Benefits:     
  • Compensation is at a rate of $10 per hour, 40 hours per week.
  • Housing is available in the park. Intern will have their own private bedroom but shared common spaces. 
  • Mandatory attendance in 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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