Visitor Services Internship

interns assist visitors at the park visitor center
Interns assist visitors at the park visitor center

NPS Photo/M. Wassel

Introduction
The Visitor Services Internship position will last for 10-12 weeks (start and end dates may vary). Park housing may be available. This internship demands communication and presentation skills. Interns will greet and guide park visitors toward a positive National Park experience. The internship involves a general study of 19th century American history but focuses on the nationally significant resources of the Harpers Ferry area, including John Brown, Civil War, African American history, Industrial history, Transportation history and Landscape history.

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 Interpretation supervisor.

Duties:
  • Read all assigned research materials.
  • Develop an accurate, knowledge of mid-19th century American history.
  • Assist with special events.
  • Research, develop and present interpretive programs.
Seasons and Application Deadline(s)
Season: Summer
Deadline: March 1, 2016

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Required):
  • Possess effective communication skills, both oral and written.
  • A keen interest in 19th century American History.
  • Ability to perform basic research skills, and organize large amounts of information.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others in a stressful environment.
  • Ability to follow directions and handle controversial issues with tact and in a professional manner.
  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs. and work in uneven terrain in varied temperatures and weather conditions.
Contact for more information:
Park Ranger, Interpretation
Phone: 304-535-6282
Mail: Attn: Park Ranger, Interpretation
Harpers Ferry NHP,
PO Box 65
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Applications
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 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, the requirements of your school's internship program, and your advisor's name and contact information.
  • 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. Thanks for your interest! We look forward to hearing from you.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
PO Box 65
485 Fillmore St.

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Phone:

(304) 535-6029

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