Interns in Interpretation & Education will have opportunities to use and improve oral and written communication skills in their daily interactions and through formal and informal visitor contacts, program presentation, and exhibit development.
A portion of the intern's time will be spent at visitor centers where duties include providing information, directions, and orientation to visitors and selling bookstore items and NPS passes. Interns also present formal interpretive programs including campfire programs, guided hikes, Junior Ranger programs, costumed living history demonstrations and tours, waterfall walks, and curriculum-based education programs. Each intern will be responsible for researching and developing at least one new interpretive program and an exhibit.
Interns have been hired in a voluntary capacity or as paid seasonal employees; the distinguishing feature of an intern's service is work that merits planned academic credit, rather than monetary compensation.
Candidates for interpretive work should be familiar with a variety of outdoor recreational activities; interns may be required to lead guided hikes of up to 5 miles over steep and rugged terrain in hot weather.
For more information on Interpretation & Education internships, please contact the Interpretation & Education Division (e-mail) at (570) 426-2413.