Interpretation Intern (DHA)

Website Salem Maritime National Historic Site & Saugus Iron Works National

Start Date: May 15, 2023

End Date: August 4th, 2023

**To qualify for a DHA position, applicants must be between the ages of 18-30 and be enrolled in a 4-year institution of higher education in the semester FOLLOWING the internship (Fall 2023).

Compensation: $720/week paid biweekly. Travel costs to the site and back home are covered by the program.

A car is required 

Application Due: February 6th, 2023

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

Must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

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

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Project Description:

Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites seek an intern to research, refine, and delivery of bilingual interpretive and educational programs and products for use at the park sites. 

In 2020, a Latino Heritage Intern at Salem Maritime developed a “Latinx Commitment and Engagement Plan” after working with members of the local Latinx community to identify specific recommendations for overall improvement of inclusion at the Park. This plan was built upon and refined by Latino Heritage Interns in 2021 and 2022. 

The Latino Heritage Intern will use interpretive themes and essential questions identified in Salem Maritime’s Foundation Document and “Visitor Experience Plan” (2020) and Saugus Iron Works’s Foundation Document and “Visitor Experience Plan” (2022) to research and develop audience-centered interpretive experiences focused on the natural and/or cultural resources at Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works. Potential programs may include, historic house tours, historic maritime programs, nature walks, tide walks, etc.  

The goal of the project will be to create new park experiences, attractive to the local Latinx community. 23% of the population of Essex County (where Salem and Saugus are located) identify as Hispanic or Latino. These programs may be bilingual, but will primarily be geared toward Spanish-speakers. This aligns with a 2017 Strategic Plan of Salem Maritime and Saugus National Historic Sites, which identified the following strategy as an approach for park staff to use for fiscal years 2018 through 2023: Prioritize working with under-represented students and groups to expand education programming. 

Throughout the summer, the intern will work to expand existing programs and connections within the Latinx community, specifically in the historic district, El Punto, a predominantly Dominican neighborhood which neighbors Salem Maritime. The intern will need to reach out to identified community contacts, as well as establish new contacts and collaborations with community leaders and organizations in Essex County. The intern will also help represent the park at community-organized special events and outreach programs. 

The DHA-RA internship project deliverables will include planning, preparing, promoting, and delivering: 

  • At least two different bilingual (Spanish-English) audience-centered interpretive and educational programs at Salem Maritime and/or Saugus Iron Works, presented multiple times. 
  • Written outlines, program supplies and materials, and any external vendor contacts, etc. for each program developed and presented. 
  • Capture best practices for bilingual interpretive/education programs in the living document, “Latinx Commitment and Engagement Plan” (2020). Present recommendations to the Park Operations Team. 

At Salem Maritime & Saugus Iron Works staff have determined working with adult interns as a priority and we have been hosting LHIP and HBCU interns since 2018. Each year we have evaluated areas the park staff can improve upon to reach our goals of inclusive hiring and program creation. It has not always been easy for the intern to come to a new area and work with new staff. Visitor Experience & Community Engagement staff take regular JEDI related training and have worked diligently to create a safe space for all. We have witnessed the significant impacts of hosting adult interns in these programs. From building new partnerships to developing inclusive content for on-line and on-site visitors, we feel we are in a solid place to grow this internship program – creating an employment path for young adults while serving all communities around each park unit.

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

Education Background: Coursework/degrees in the following subjects are a plus, but not required: History, Anthropology, Sociology, Biology,Earth Sciences, Communications 


  •  Works well with people from a variety of backgrounds 
  • Holds themself accountable for high-quality and timely results 
  • Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to details 
  • Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect 
  • Expresses information clearly and effectively to groups of all sizes and backgrounds 
  • Works with others to achieve shared goals 
  • Writes and speaks Spanish fluently

Physical/Natural Environment: 

Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works NHS are two NPS units located in Essex County, MA. Salem is a historic coastal city of about 45,000 people. Saugus is a more suburban town of 28,000. Both communities include easy access to grocery stores, shopping malls, movie theaters, and concert venues. Multiple hospitals are available in Essex County (including one in Salem), and world class hospitals are available 20 miles away in Boston. 

Summers in Essex County are warm, with an average daily high temperature above 72°F. The hottest month of the year in Essex is July, with an average high of 80°F and low of 63°F. 

The city of Salem is roughly 18% Hispanic or Latino according to the U.S. census. This includes a Dominican community in the El Punto neighborhood. The parks are also close to other nearby Latino communities, including Boston, Lawrence, and Lynn.

Work Environment:

Work is performed in a variety of indoor and outdoor environments. This includes traditional office spaces, historic buildings, waterfront spaces, and nature trails. It’s important to dress for the weather and plan for your day, though work is not done in any remote environments. 

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