Oral Historian/Communications Specialist

Website National Trails Office, Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program

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:

This project proposes to build collaborative relationships with Hispanic communities on Route 66 in New Mexico through the development of a Hispanic Legacies of Route 66 in New Mexico Travel Itinerary.  The proposed project is the second phase of the Hispanic Legacies of Route 66 in New Mexico StoryMap project (https://ncptt.nps.gov/rt66/hispaniclegaciesroute-66/), which was produced by prior LHIP interns and won the prestigious Organization of American Historians 2022 Stanton-Horton Award for Excellence in National Park Service History. 

The proposed project will promote continuing, ongoing commitment and engagement with Hispanic communities, and dig deeper into the stories of individual businesses and families who were identified in the award-winning Phase I. The project will reconnect with communities to identify and research up to 10 in-depth stories across Route 66 in New Mexico. The project will begin with community meetings to share the Phase I StoryMap, introduce and seek input on the travel itinerary project and other potential future projects that would benefit the communities (the meetings will be planned/organized prior to intern’s arrival). It will also identify families, Route 66 businesses, and others interested in being highlighted in the travel itinerary. Once 10 or so 12 stories are identified, the intern will conduct oral histories and other research to develop the itinerary content. If time permits (extension of the internship beyond summer 2023 is welcomed), the intern will work with National Trails staff to draft/and or finalize the StoryMap. National Trails historians, interpreters, and GIS specialists will provide support throughout the project.

The internship will provide the student with skills to further their professional career in ethnography, history, interpretation, cultural anthropology, community organizing, cultural resource management and technology. The position requires participating in community meetings/outreach to present project goals and seek community input; oral history collection; historical research; and interpretive story development. The final product will be up to 10 oral histories (transcription to be outsourced) with photographs and other research/historical information, and if time permits StoryMap development of the Hispanic Legacies of Route 66 Travel Itinerary.

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

Intern must be pursuing a degree and/or have strong interest or relevant experience in areas pertaining to history, ethnography, communications, American Studies, Chicano Studies or other related fields. Strong research, writing and people skills are required. Bilingual skills are helpful. Must be comfortable in community and one-on-one oral history interview settings.

Physical/Natural Environment: Office space will be made available on the UNM campus, which is located in an urban area with plentiful markets, public transportation, etc. Numerous Latino communities/neighborhoods are present within the city. In Albuquerque, the elevation is 5,312′ with a population of around 557,169. Albuquerque’s climate is usually sunny and dry, and the summer heat is relatively tolerable for most because of low humidity. Winters are rather brief, with December, the coolest month, averaging 36.3 °F.

Work Environment: Work environment will be an office setting and will involve research at campus facilities such as the library. Community meetings will involve driving with NPS staff up to 3 hours one way to take part in the meetings. Oral history interviews may be in a private home, business, library or other setting. It is estimated that the community meetings and oral histories will comprise 1/3 of the intern’s time, with the remaining time in an office setting. The LHIP intern will be our only summer intern, although we will have other longer-term interns working in our Santa Fe office.

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

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