Interpretive Design Intern

Website Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

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. 

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.

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

Please Apply HERE

Project Description: 

The intern’s work will reveal the underrepresented history of the African American Freedmen’s Colony built on Roanoke Island during the American Civil War. Utilizing over $52,000 in grant money from the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, the National Park Foundation and philanthropic partner Outer Banks Forever, the intern will be a team member expanding the site’s interpretation of this crucial history by developing the Freedom Interpretive Trail. Following a 1.25-mile wooded path onto the ground where the community existed, the project will install interpretive wayside exhibits and shadow structures for an immersive experience.

The intern will design two wayside exhibits during phase one of the project in fiscal year 2023. They will collaborate with a local organization working to preserve and interpret the history of African Americans on Roanoke Island that has strong connections to descendants of the Freedmen’s Colony. Engaging with this community, the intern will empower their voices to be incorporated into the Freedom Interpretive Trail development. 

The intern will have an opportunity to engage with partners and the community in meaningful ways with special events at Somerset Place, a 19th century plantation where over 861 enslaved people worked before some escaped to the Freedmen’s Colony, and by commemorating Juneteenth with descendants of the Freedmen’s Colony. Training and guidance from park staff will be provided allowing the Intern to gain skills presenting interpretive programs and fully function as a member of the interpretive operation. 

The project will involve:

  • Conversations with community stakeholders, historians, and park personnel.
  • Interpretive design experience using InDesign, guidance from park staff, and Harpers Ferry Center.
  • Development and design of two interpretive wayside exhibits, part of a large grant funded park project.
  • Research, development, and presentation of interpretive programs to the visiting public.
  • Experience with planning and preparation for special events.

Intern Qualifications:

Interns selected for the NPSCF Program should possess:

  • Applicants should demonstrate a genuine interest in history, natural sciences, communications, education, and/or park and recreation management. 
  • A strong interest and/or ability to communicate with people of all ages and backgrounds in both formal public speaking roles and informal interpersonal communication.
  • Desire to be bold and creative.
  • Possess initiative and the ability to work independently. 
  • Ability to work well within a team and collaborate with others.
  • Interest in learning how to conduct research on a topic via sound historical resources and/or field observations while being provided guidance in designing an original interpretive program.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Adobe, and Microsoft online applications.
  • Experience with social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).
  • Ability to conduct community outreach and foster relationships with park partners.
  • 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

Physical/Natural Environment: Fort Raleigh National Historic Site is located just above sea-level on Roanoke Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The nearest grocery store is just three miles away along with a wide variety of restaurants, shops, entertainment, and a thriving downtown community. Summer days can be quite hot with very high humidity and can be buggy (mosquitoes and biting flies). Hurricane season runs from June through November. Evacuation may occur in the event of severe weather. Organizations such as Sea Change Partnership and Mano al Hermano connect with small Latino communities in the Outer Banks region.

Work Environment: Work is performed both indoors (~60%) and outdoors (~40%). The Intern may need to walk on uneven terrain including sand with minimal elevation change. Indoor work is in an air-conditioned visitor center and office shared with seasonal and permanent interpretive staff.

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