Oral Historian:

 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 Oral Historian: "Telling Our Own Untold Stories: Civil Rights in the
National Park Service"
NPS Unit Name Park History Program – Washington, DC
Position Dates May 29th – August 5th, 2018
Position Description The intern chosen for this position will help the Park History Program pilot a new oral history project entitled "Telling our Own Untold Stories: Civil Rights in the National Park Service." While the current Civil Rights Initiative is identifying, researching, and sharing civil rights stories connected with National Park Service sites, the HBCU Intern will conduct 7-10 in-depth oral history interviews with Civil Rights pioneers within the National Park Service–individuals who broke employment barriers of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in the past 50 years and who have worked for change within the agency. In addition to conducting interviews, an intern who has basic audio production skills and could produce short podcasts based on interview excerpts would be ideal.
 
"Telling Our Own Untold Stories: Civil Rights in the National Park
Service" is part of the Park History Program's ongoing effort to use oral history research to document the history of the agency. In the past decade the program has conducted interviews with former directors and deputy directors, program managers and staff, and rangers who served across the National Park System. The intern who develops this pilot project will launch an important effort to make documentation of our own history more diverse, relevant, and inclusive. The WASO programs and National Capital Region parks offer a rich pool of potential narrators, and the Park History Program's oral history coordinator, Dr. Lu Ann Jones, will provide close mentoring and guidance as the intern develops this oral history project. The Program will help the intern make appropriate contacts and connections, learn about the history of the National Park Service since the 1970s, and Describe the project, including the opportunity/need that will be met, and the things that the intern will do.
 
The intern will draw up a list of possible questions to guide the oral history interviews. The intern will also consult with appropriate Employee Resource Groups (groups that offer support to African American, LGBTQ, Latino, Indian, and women employees) who might suggest narrators and ideas for how historical documentation of civil rights within the NPS can inform current efforts to diversify its workforce. The Program will provide appropriate audio recording equipment. At the end of the internship, the intern will have completed 7-10 oral history interviews of approximately 60-90 minutes in length with NPS personnel who worked in the greater Washington, DC, area, who broke barriers of gender, race, ethnicity, or sexuality since the 1960s. The intern will index/summarize the interview contents and maintain records for each interview (signed legal release forms; correspondence; field notes, and so on). If time and skills permit, the intern will complete 2-3 short podcasts based on the interviews. The intern will also suggest next steps for "Telling Our Own Untold Stories."
Learning Goals Learning goals include: learning about the history of the National Park Service (particularly personnel practices); learning oral history
methodology, including oral history project design, conducting
background research, making appropriate contacts with potential
narrators, drawing up research questions, conducting good in-depth
interviews, audio recording, indexing/summarizing the interview
content, and interpreting research results. The intern will also learn
about the legalities and ethics that govern oral history research. The
intern will have an opportunity to grow as she/he interacts with the
Park History Program and other cultural resources staff, makes
contacts and connections to find appropriate narrators, refines oral history field work skills, and learns history from people who made it.
Qualifications Academic course work in U. S. history, anthropology, American Studies, or interdisciplinary programs in race, ethnicity, and gender can prepare interns for our project. Some experience in oral history interviewing is essential for success. The intern must be comfortable contacting, meeting, and interviewing new people.
Work Environment The intern will spend time in the office, and may also be traveling within the Washington metro area to conduct oral history interviews. The Park History Program will host a National Council for Preservation Education intern during the summer of 2018, and program interns are encouraged to socialize with and learn from interns in other cultural resources programs.
Vehicle/License Requirement Vehicle and license not required.
Compensation and Benefits
  • Compensation is at a rate of $10 per hour, 40 hours per week.
  • Park Housing is not provided. A housing stipend will be provided for a portion of the housing rent.
  • 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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