Exhibits and Publications Internship

The Exhibits and Publications Intern position will last for 12 weeks (start and end dates may vary). Park housing may be available. The internship can be either full-time or part-time (20-40 hours a week). A $100/week living allowance may be available. The intern will be involved in layout and design, media planning, and exhibit maintenance work under direction of Media Specialist. Work will be performed both in the office and outdoors. Some work can be accomplished via telework.

Work in a unique historic park/ town setting. Interns exit with an entry level NPS experience that is valued as a paid NPS experience. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is situated at the junction of three national trails (Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail) and two great rivers - the Potomac and Shenandoah. Interns can explore Harpers Ferry National Historical Park experiencing its trails, rivers, forests, and streams. The interns can also explore the three national trails as part of their duties.

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 Media Specialist. The intern will have the unique opportunity to work with staff from all park branches on a variety of projects and activities. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will celebrate its 75th birthday in June 2019 and this internship will assist with park planning and execution of year-long events and initiatives for the anniversary. The intern will play a key role working closely with the park Media Team on media and exhibit planning for park and partner events to occur throughout the Summer and Fall of 2019.


  • Assisting with layouts for park signs and small exhibits
  • Analyzing visitor use and response to park exhibits
  • Organizing and archiving of projects
  • Organizing and archiving digital images
  • Collecting data on exhibit objects (FMSS)
  • Assisting with review of media projects in development
  • Completing a capstone project (media of the interns choosing)
  • Facilitating in-park communication; note taking for meetings

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

Season: Fall
Recommend Deadline*: August 1

*This internship may be filled at anytime throughout the year. For early consideration, apply before August 1st.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (Required):

  • High school diploma required.
  • Possess a current driver’s license.
  • Possess an intermediate knowledge of working with computers, both PC and Mac, and data management programs (Word, Excel, Access, etc.)
  • Ability to work independently, incorporate edits and review comments into their final products and meet deadlines.
  • 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.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (Preferred):

  • College degree or coursework toward a degree is preferred.
  • College coursework or professional experience in design, communications or public relations is a plus.
  • Graphic design and / or public relations experience is a plus.
  • Experience working with the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, etc.) is a plus.

Contact for more information:
Park Media Specialist
Phone: 304-535-6133
Mail: Attn: Media Specialist,
Harpers Ferry NHP,
PO Box 65 Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Applications should include:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resumè
  • Names, Relationships, & Contact Information for 3 Professional and/or Academic References

Cover Letter
In the cover letter please include the following:

  • Whether you are applying for full-time or part-time position
  • Whether or not you require housing
  • Why you want to be an intern at Harpers Ferry NHP
  • What your objectives are
  • 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: January 31, 2019

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Mailing Address:

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
PO Box 65

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425


(304) 535-6029

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