Community Building Intern (PLC) – ONSITE – First Ladies National Historic Site

Start/End Dates: May 20th, 2024 – August 9th, 2024 (11 weeks)

Compensation: $640 per week 

Application Due: February 5, 2024

The Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) seeks to engage Latino undergraduates and recent graduates ages 18 – 30, and up to 35 for veterans, for this unmatched leadership training program that is focused in the cultural and natural resource management. You must be (additional requirement):

  • a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

* NO, a personal vehicle is NOT required for this position. Note: City buses are available with the park, housing, and grocery stores along their path.

Please Apply Here


Position Description: 

First Ladies National Historic Site was established as a National Park Service site in 2000. The site consists of two buildings: the Education Center and the Saxton House. The Education Center is a small museum that features exhibits on first ladies and visitors are welcome to explore at their own pace. The Saxton House, the historic former home of Ida Saxton and President William McKinley, is by guided tour only.

Despite becoming an official National Park Service site in 2000, permanent NPS interpretation, education, and visitor services staff have only been on-site since 2019. Slowly, the NPS IEVS staff has increased education and interpretation programs including attending community events like the Canton Farmers’ Market and First Friday (a monthly arts festival). In fiscal year 2023, our site was able to talk to over 600 people at these events. While our attendance has increased the community’s knowledge of our site, we want to have more meaningful interactions and intentional interpretative opportunities and activities.

The intern will attend the following events:  

Canton Farmers’ Market (every Saturday)

Canton First Friday (once a month)

EN-RICH-MENT’S African American Arts Festival (once)

During the intern’s last week, they will have the opportunity to present their pop-up to FILA staff and staff from our friend’s group (National First Ladies’ Library). The intern can also share information and statistics about the community events. The intern can expect dedicated work time to prepare for their presentation. They can also expect to use any of our resources (paper, printing, trifold, etc) in creation of anything they need.

First Ladies NHS is a small site with an even smaller staff, therefore all IEVS staff and interns share visitor service responsibilities. The Community Building Intern may also lead interpretative programming at the site for community groups. They will use the knowledge they gain from their primary responsibilities to informally interact with visitors and enhance their experience. However, their main responsibility will be creating an engaging interpretative pop-up and attending Canton community events. There will also be the opportunity for the intern to create social media posts based on their research.  


The Community Building Intern’s main responsibility will be to create an engaging interpretative pop-up and attend Canton community events. The intern will attend events and create the pop-up simultaneously. They will attend with at least one other staff member. The deliverable for this project will be an outline of an interpretive pop-up that explores how people of Latino heritage have impacted first ladies on the campaign trail. This product will help audiences see how presidential campaigns have evolved and been impacted by Latino people; an especially relevant topic for 2024.


Interest in history. Ability to research independently. Friendly and able to engage with people of all backgrounds and abilities. Creativity.

Public Land Corps Non-Competitive Hiring Authority (PLC)
The Public Land Corps Non-Competitive Hiring Authority is a special hiring authority available to qualifying interns. The intern must be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, inclusive, or a veteran up to age 35 and complete 640 hours of work on an appropriate conservation project to be eligible for this hiring authority. Upon successful completion of the PLC project(s), the intern is eligible for two years to be hired non-competitively into a federal seasonal, term, or permanent position. The applicant must apply to a PLC-eligible position advertised on and selected off a non-competitive certificate of eligibility. For more information, see DOI Personnel Bulletins 11-02 , 12-13, and 17-03.

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