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David Larsen Memorial Public Engagement InternshipBookmark This
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, National Park Service
485 Fillmore Street
Harpers Ferry, WV
DescriptionGraduate Level, David Larsen Memorial Fund, Public Engagement Internship.
Sponsored by Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Living History/Historic Trades & NPS Stephen T. Mather Training Center
Location: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Suitability: Graduate Level Public History Student Internship
Research, planning and program management.
*Must be experienced in internet use, word processing, and maintaining a google data base.
*Ability to research & write program outlines using National Park Service Interpretive guidelines and methodologies based on African American History, and historiography of primary and secondary sources..
*Create a supportive and active collaboration between Harpers Ferry NHP, The Harpers Ferry Historical Association, David Larsen Memorial Fund, & Mather Training Center.
*NPS Evaluation of Progress and Performance at: 12 weeks and at 24 weeks.
Internship Spirit and Intent:
Intern is expected to create and facilitate Critical Issues, Public Engagement Programs that:
• Match diverse resource meanings with diverse audience perspectives.
• Use 3rd person to integrate African American & Immigration History into all park themes through Formal and Informal Interpretation.
• Will be incorporated into interpretive Park Social Media Postings.
• Combine Natural and Cultural History interpretation using Interdependence Education.
• Partner with park audiences to encourage Historic Preservation Stewardship.
• Interpret the towns’ burning of fossil fuel as a contribution toward 19th Century Industrial History Climate Change.
• Reveal how fossil fuels changed 19th century organic, (slow food), gardening into today’s, (fast food), market garden economies.
David Larsen was an innovator who believed in sharing National Park resources with others. He championed an idea he spoke of as “Public Engagement.” Larsen defined this as, “matching multiple resource meanings with multiple audience perspectives.” His ultimate objective was to make historic places more relevant to diverse audiences.
Before his death, David Larsen was the training manager for interpretation and education at the National Park Service’s Stephen T. Mather Training Center. He previously served as an interpretive ranger with the living history program at Harpers Ferry NHP. His memorial fund was established to honor both the spirit and substance of Larsen’s career with the NPS. Learn more about the Larsen Memorial Fund: www.david-larsen-mf.org
Harpers Ferry NHP: www.nps.gov/hafe
Stephen T. Mather Training Center: http://www.nps.gov/training/stma/
ResponsibilitiesSee Above. *Apply before March 30th Deadline.
*How to Apply: Forward a current resume with a cover letter via mail or email:
Mailing Address: Attention Acting Supervisory Park Ranger Melinda Day, Harpers Ferry NHP, PO Box 65, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. If emailing documents, submit them as PDF's.
Contact for more Information: Melinda_Day@nps.gov 304-535-6063 Melinda_Day@nps.gov
*Resume should document experience and commitment to public history interpretation.
*Selected interns: Will receive a Park letter of commitment.
Start and End Dates are flexible, according to the student's academic calendar. A full 6 month time commitment is required.
*Master’s Degree Candidate pursuing a degree in Public or American History.
*6 month, (24 weeks) public history intern experience accomplished between the months of January-September.
*8 hour work days, 5 consecutive days per week, Mondays and Tuesdays off.
* Interns may be required to submit information for background check prior to agency final acceptance.
*Required to live within commuting distance, or in provided National Park Quarters.
*Must meet rigor of graduate level multi-tasking: running several interpretive projects, experimenting with new visitor services techniques, incorporating professional development training into front line services concluding with program evaluation.
*Public Speaking & Active Participation in 18th and 19th century front line public history presentations in period clothing, outdoors in variable weather conditions, or in period exhibits, using a variety of interpretive techniques with some physical lifting or standing for periods of time.