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8801 / National Park Service Education Intern
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

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$100/ 40 hours
Internship Opportunity
Education Office
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

The National Park Service is an Equal Opportunity employer. Selection for this volunteer position will be made solely based on merit, fitness, and qualifications without regard to race, sex, color, creed, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, non-disqualifying handicap conditions, or any other non-merit factors.

POSITION: Education Internship. Please note this is a volunteer position with stipend and housing provided.
January 12– April 24 (15 weeks Spring) 5 intern students – Last day to apply: November 1
March 9 – June 19 (15 weeks Spring) 3 intern students – Last day to apply: November 1
May 31 – August 18 (12 weeks Summer) 5 intern students – Last day to apply: March 1
August 26 – Nov. 17 (12 week Fall) 5 intern students – Last day to apply: July 15
STIPEND: $100.00 per week for a 40 hour
HOUSING: Dorm housing provided at no cost.

For more information:

Samantha Zurbuch, Volunteer Program Coordinator (304) 535-5017

Reasonable accommodation: This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency at (304) 535-6283. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Pay, Benefits and Work Schedule: This is a volunteer position not to exceed 600 hours or one full semester of internship work. Work schedule will be full-time during the semester. Schedule will be Monday through Friday, but subject to occasional changes in the work schedule that might include working weekends or evenings.

Conditions of Employment: Incumbent is required to wear the NPS Volunteer uniform shirt or historic period costume. The work often requires prolonged periods of standing, sitting, or walking. The incumbent must frequently traverse uneven terrain, which can involve walks/hikes with considerable change in elevation. Lifting moderately heavy objects may be required. Work is performed both indoors and outdoors. Periods of inconvenience can be experienced when working in historical costume.

Statement of Duties: This internship is in the Office of Education with the Division of Interpretation and Cultural Resource Management. Primary duties are to: prepare, develop and deliver education programs that interpret the park's significant history stories to students K – 12th grade; utilize current methods, learning theories, and national education standards and curriculum guidelines in program deliver and conduct research to insure accurate and relevant programming. Responsibilities include: development and presentation of any on- and off-site curriculum based education activities and tours as needed; development and fabrication of pre, on-site and post visit instructional materials; assistance with on-site logistical arrangements; assistance with planning and development of program curriculum offerings; design and application of evaluation tools, grant writing and reporting, staffing of 19th century historical furnished and modern exhibits; assistance with special school events and activities; maintenance of education materials and prop collection; and presenting informal historic and resource research and interpretation.

Terms of Internships: $100/week, approximately 40 hours/week; uniforms provided and historic period clothing available; dormitories include shared quarters, kitchens and baths; dorms are located in one of the historic homes in the village of Harpers Ferry and within short walking distance to the duty station. Vehicle transportation is recommended but not necessary.

Relocation Expenses: Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Agency. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected student.

To qualify, applicants must have completed or be currently enrolled in an 4 year or above course of college study leading to a bachelor’s or master’s degree with major study in education, American history/studies, government/public policy, science, museum education, or public speaking/communications or a related degree that included or was supplemented by at least 15 semester hours in education, American history studies, science, or public speaking/communications. Education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university. Candidates interested in the field of non-traditional teaching and public history are encouraged to apply.
Applicants need to submit a cover letter with a resume describing their work history and experience along with three references including contact information. The cover letter should also answer if you require housing, why you want to intern here, what your objectives are, what particular type of work you like to do, and any other hopes and expectations. Finally, please include whether the internship is for school credit, what the requirements are, and your advisor’s name and contact information. Send all materials by mail, fax, or e-mail to:
Volunteer Coordinator
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
PO Box 65
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

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Harpers Ferry
Arts & Sciences/Communication, Behavioral and Social Sciences & Social Services, Education, Criminal Justice & Law

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PO Box 65
Harpers Ferry
United States
(304) 535-5017