Education Internship

Education interns with puppets, ready to perform for a summer youth audience
Education interns with puppets, ready to perform for a summer youth audience

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The Education Intern position will last for approximately 10-15 weeks (start and end dates may vary). Park housing may be available. The internship focuses on the presentation of curriculum-based programs. Spring and Fall interns serve school groups. Summer interns focus on a variety of summer youth groups.

This internship will be based under the Division of Interpretation, Education, & Partnerships at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the supervisor will be the park Education supervisor. The internship involves in-depth study of 19th century American history and some river-based environmental science. Primary topics include the nationally significant resources of the Harpers Ferry area: John Brown; the Civil War; African American history; Industrial history; Transportation history; and Landscape history.


  • Research, develop and present interpretive programs.
  • Serve audiences of students K-12 and/or summer youth groups.
  • Present third-person, living history interpretation.
  • Study assigned research materials.
  • Develop an accurate, working knowledge of 19th century American history.
  • Draft written responses to information requests.

Seasons and Application Deadline(s)
Season: Summer
Deadline: March 1

Season: Fall
Deadline: July 15

Season: Spring
Deadline: November 1

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Required):

  • An interest in and knowledge of American history.
  • Flexibility and creativity.
  • Ability to perform basic research skills, and organize large amounts of information.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others and follow directions.
  • Ability to handle controversial issues with tact and a professional manner.
  • Possess effective communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs. and work in uneven terrain in varied temperatures and weather conditions.

Contact for more information:
Park Ranger, Education
Phone: 304-535-4063
Mail: Park Ranger, Education
Harpers Ferry NHP
PO Box 65
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Applications should include:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resumè
  • Names, Relationships, and Contact Information for three Professional and/or Academic References

Cover Letter
In the cover letter please include the following:

  • Whether or not you require housing.
  • Why you want to be an intern at Harpers Ferry NHP.
  • What particular type of work you would like to do.
  • The dates you would begin and end your internship.
  • Whether or not this internship is for school credit. If applicable, the number of hours required by your school, your advisor’s name and contact info.
  • Also please feel free to express yourself, your hopes and expectations in the cover letter.
  • If not selected for this internship, please indicate other internships within the park in which you might be interested.

Last updated: October 4, 2018

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Mailing Address:

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
National Park Service
PO Box 65

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425


(304) 535-6029

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