Education & Interpretation Intern

Website Pullman National Monument

Start Date: May 15th, 2023

End Date: August 4th, 2023

Compensation: $640 a week paid every two weeks. Travel costs to the site and back home are covered by the program. 

Application Due: February 6th, 2023

The Latino Heritage Internship Program seeks to engage ethnically and racially diverse young professionals in natural resource careers.

All interns must be fully vaccinated for covid-19 prior to the start of their internship.

Please Apply HERE

Position Description:

The internship will provide the student with marketable skills that will further their professional career in educational programming, public interpretation, and multimodal communications. The position requires collaborating with the Education Coordinator to develop educational resources for K-12 schools, writing content for the monthly education newsletter, and contributing to interpretive programs at the Visitor Center. The Education & Interpretation Intern will have the chance to engage with community members and partner organizations as they learn about the fundamental principles behind public interpretation, pedagogical methods, and historical research. They will also be able to explore federal employment opportunities and diverse career fields in federal land management agencies. The primary project will be determined according to the intern’s skill set and interests, but can include a traveling trunk program, a field trip program or lesson series, or a public program based on recent park research.

Intern Qualifications:

Interns selected for the NPSCF Program should possess:

  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience
  • Strategic thinking ability
  • The ability to self-start/work independently
  • Flexibility/resourcefulness
  • The ability to adapt new skills and ideas to the public sector

Candidate should have at least one year of college level courses, strong communication skills, the ability to operate a vehicle, and the ability to walk and stand for several hours each day. Experience with education or youth programs desired. College courses in education, history, public policy, environmental justice, and public speaking are helpful. 

Additional qualifications: 

  • Must be currently enrolled or recent graduate of an accredited HBCU institution 
  • Must be between 16 and 30years of age 
  • Must be U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident or U.S. national 
  • Must be able to pass a federal background check

Physical/Natural Environment: Our Visitor Center is located in the historic Administration Building of the Pullman Company. The VC has exhibits, office space, and a gift shop. The staff primarily works on the ground floor, but upper floors are used to store materials. The building does not currently have an elevator to the upper floors. We work closely with our community partners, who manage other local museums and historic structures, including the Hotel Florence.

The monument district is close-knit community in an urban city setting with historic residences, some more contemporary housing, and light industry nearby. Train and bus service to downtown is located within a few blocks of the VC. A Walmart is located within a mile from the VC as well as a selection of fast food and takeout restaurants. The weather in the summer months tends to be hot and humid with temperatures typically in the 80’s and low 90’s. 

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, and in addition to the Latino community in Pullman, several nearby neighborhoods boast a strong Latino population, including Hegewisch, South Deering, and South Chicago on the south side and Pilsen and Humboldt Park on the north side.

Work Environment: The work will be done indoors in an office environment and outdoors within the monument district. The intern should expect to walk and stand for several hours each day, sometimes in hot conditions. The terrain throughout the monument is flat and mostly paved. 

The intern will have the opportunity to work alongside other interns with the National Park Service or with our partner organizations.

To apply for this job email your details to internships@environmentamericas.org

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