• Sun beginning to set at Harpers Ferry, as seen from Maryland Heights. Photo by NPS Volunteer Buddy Secor.

    Harpers Ferry

    National Historical Park WV,VA,MD

Jennifer Smith Media Intern Testimonial

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Winter 2013-2014 Media Intern Jen Smith poses at the Hilltop House Overlook.

NPS Photo/Kerwin-Nisbet

I have been truly blessed by having had the chance to intern at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail! I have also been able to learn invaluable skills and meet fantastic people during my internship. I also received the honor of being the Volunteer of the Month!

This is my second internship in the field of visual and interpretive media so I already had a bit of familiarity with the field. For this particular internship, I wanted to build upon the skills I had already mastered- such as learning design, different design programs, writing engaging posts for an NPS Facebook site and management skills. By holding a split position (working for 2 different NPS entities) I learned excellent time management skills that will greatly assist me in my future career. Coming into the internship, I had a number of professional goals that I hoped to accomplish and with the help of both my direct supervisor and other supporting staff members, I was able to accomplish all of my goals!

Unlike many park interns, I spent the winter at Harpers Ferry. I arrived during the last week of October and stayed for 4 months, leaving at the end of February. Although there were not many other seasonal rangers and interns around the area, I was given a lot of one-on-one attention by the permanent staff. Through these experiences, I was given a great deal of mentoring advice and specialized attention which I truly appreciate.

I highly recommend this internship experience to anyone is wishing to develop as an interpreter or to get their "foot in the door" as an NPS ranger!

Did You Know?

Robert Harper was granted an exclusive ferry concession in 1861.

Robert Harper operated a ferry across the Potomac River in 1747. His heirs, the Wagers, maintained the operation until 1824 when a bridge was built across the Potomac.