• Gaines' Mill battlefield -- Watt House area

    Richmond

    National Battlefield Park Virginia

Park Internship Program

Interns greet visitors, provide tours, help with research, and much more

Become an intern at Richmond National Battlefield Park.

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Historical Interpretation and Education Internships

Richmond National Battlefield Park offers internship opportunities for college or graduate students. Intern positions support interpretation operations and educational programs in the park.

Qualifications:

Richmond National Battlefield Park seeks interns with an avid interest in the history of civil rights in the U.S., education, and/or historic preservation who have demonstrated communication and customer service skills. Education interns must be dedicated to working with school-aged children. It is recommended that candidates be actively pursuing careers in historic interpretation and/or education. Personality should include flexibility, a friendly disposition, and the ability to handle the stress of children (for education internships) and busy visitor centers in stride.

Duties/Responsibilities

Interpretation: Duties include running the site's visitor center, presenting talks or tours, and making sales in the bookstore. Opportunities exist to do historical research with the park historian and curatorial work with the park curator.

Education: Duties include working with school groups delivering curriculum-based education programs. Opportunities exist for program development with the Education Coordinator. Education position will also work the visitor center desk, greeting and orienting visitors.

Communications: This is a distinctive part-time internship for the spring and fall. Tasks focus on supporting the park's external communications effort, including print and digital media, and public relations.

Dates of Service:

Spring: January to May
Summer: June to August
Fall: September to December

Internships are part-time, with a two-month minimum commitment.

Benefits for interns:
-Free housing (if required and available);
-Uniform shirts will be provided;
-Experience working in your field with NPS;
-School credit from your college or university
.

Internship flyer (pdf)

 

How to Apply:

Due to the limited amount of housing and positions for interns, the park requires the following to be sent for applicant consideration:

1. Describe in a cover letter how this internship will benefit your educational career, related work experience, and the period of time you will be available.

2. A resume, three professional or academic reference letters and an unofficial transcript.

Please mail, fax, or email all materials to:

Intern Coordinator,
Richmond National Battlefield Park,
3215 E. Broad St,
Richmond, VA 23223
Fax: 804-771-8522
Email the Internship Coordinator

Applications must be submitted by:

For Spring internships by November 2nd
For Summer internships by April 1st
For Fall internships by June 30th

 

Natural Resource Internships

All positions are filled through the Student Conservation Association (SCA). Typically a pair of interns are hired in the fall (September) and another set in the winter (February) to work for three months on a variety of projects dealing with resource management. Projects include monitoring and managing invasive/exotic vegetation, monitoring earthwork vegetation, and helping with water quality and animal monitoring, as well as GIS/GPS work. To learn more about the internships and apply to open positions visit www.thesca.org.

Once on www.thesca.org:

1. Click "Find an Internship," found in the banner at the top of the page on the right hand side.

2. In the search box type Richmond National Battlefield Park to help filter to the park's open positions.

3.By clicking on the position you can find out more details about the internship.

4. Use the apply button to submit your application.

Email us for more information.

 
Two SCA interns working with a microscope
SCA interns work on a variety of projects, such as GIS/GPS work, animal monitoring and water quality monitoring.

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