Public 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) Program 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: Public Historian Intern
NPS Unit Name: Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site – Washington, D.C.
Position Dates: May 28 – August 3, 2018
Position Description:
These interns will enable the site to be open to accommodate school groups and visitors. The Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site is looking for motivated interns for visitor services at one of the premier African-American heritage sites in Washington, D.C. Interns will have the opportunity to share and foster an appreciation of Dr. Woodson's legacy with visitors from all over the nation and the world and gain experience in the field of Public History. Interns will be working in the original building that served as the home of Dr. Woodson, the headquarters for the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (today, known as the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History ASALH) and the birthplace of Black History Month. Every Intern will receive firsthand training from some of the best university professors and NPS staff about the history and legacy of Dr. Woodson. They will be provided training in historical interpretation by NPS professionals. In addition, when performing living history duties, they will receive acting lessons from Humanities in Public (HIP). Moreover, Interns will tour other NPS sites to observe operations and to be exposed to a broader NPS agency and sense of mission.
Duties include:

  • Leading guided tours of the Woodson Home
  • Giving educational programs to schoolchildren
  • Meeting and greeting the general public
  • Giving tours of the Shaw Neighborhood
  • Reading and researching topics relating to Dr. Woodson and African-American Studies
  • Portraying one of Dr. Carter G. Woodson's mentees or secretary & wearing reproduction1940s-era clothing.


  • Must feel comfortable talking in front of visitors
  • Interest in History (Interest in African-American History is a plus)
  • Ability to communicate in writing and orally
  • Majors in History, Theater, American Studies, or the Arts will be especially competitive
  • Graduate and Undergraduate are acceptable.

 Additional qualifications:

  • Must be currently enrolled or recent graduate of 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:       
Indoor/Outdoor – office setting – actually in the Original Home of Dr. Carter G. Woodson! Stair climbing is a must.

Vehicle/License Requirement:  A valid driver's license is not required.

Compensation and Benefits:     

  • Compensation is at a rate of $400 per week
  • Housing stipend or offsite housing is provided for non-local interns
  • 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

Application Instructions:
Interested students should apply directly to this position via the SERVE job portal at
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