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)
Deadline: March 1
Deadline: July 15
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
Mail: Park Ranger, Education
Harpers Ferry NHP
PO Box 65
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Applications should include:
- Cover Letter
- Names, Relationships, and Contact Information for three Professional and/or Academic References
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.