Natchez National Historical Park

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
 
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 OVERVIEW
 
Position Title Social Media Assistant
NPS Unit Name Natchez National Historical Park – Natchez, MS
Position Dates May 29th – August 5th, 2018
Position Description The intern will assist the park historian in developing material about the park, its cultural resources, and the history of the surrounding region for posts on various social media sites, including Facebook, YouTube, and the park's blog. In 2016, Natchez National Historical Park expanded its social media exposure with the introduction of the
Natchez History Minute, which recorded over 1.7 million views. The park is looking to build upon this success, continuing to engage its existing audience and attracting new visitors. One of the main duties of the intern will be to research entries from William Johnson's diary, a free man of color whose home today, is a unit of the park. The intern will draft text and locate accompanying images for the post. Also, the intern might record audio and video segments for the compilation and production of any future "Natchez History Minutes." The intern may also work with the park's curator in identifying objects that might be suitable to post on various sites in an "Object of the Day" scenario.
Learning Goals From this experience, the intern should have a sound foundation in the creation, development, and production of appropriate social media content for a unit of the National Park Service. The intern will know how to use various software program to create videos. They will learn the basics of historical research and will of course, develop a knowledge about the park, its history, resources, collections, and landscapes. The intern will be included in all staff meetings and will have the opportunity to work with the park staff from various divisions, such as cultural resources and interpretation.
Qualifications The intern will need to have some knowledge of developing content for social media sites, such as Facebook and YouTube. He/She should possess superior writing skills and the ability to independently conduct historical research. A knowledge of various software programs, such as Audacity, as well as familiarity with MovieMaker, Microsoft Paint, etc. is preferred.
Work Environment The intern will be located in an office setting with periods in the field to conduct research, to record audio, to take photographs, etc. While the weather will be warm and humid, this should not have an impact on the intern's work.
Vehicle/License Requirement The intern will not be required to have a personal vehicle but should have a valid state driver's license in order to operate a government vehicle while conducting official government business.
Compensation and Benefits
  • Compensation is at a rate of $10 per hour, 40 hours per week.
  • Park Housing will not be available. A housing stipend will be included for a portion of the rent for 10 weeks.
  • 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: www.serve.gyfoundation.org
 
For more information about HBCUI visit www.hbcui.gyfoundation.org.
QUESTIONS? Contact us at hbcui@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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