Website National Park Service/NCPE Internship Program
The Reconstruction era (1861 to 1900) is the historic period in which the United States grappled with the question of how to integrate millions of newly freed African Americans into social, political, and labor systems, and was a time of significant transformation within the United States.
Under the supervision of the Park Historian, the intern will:
- Conduct archival and deed research on properties and sites related to the Reconstruction era for acceptance into the Reconstruction Era National Historic Network.
- Research and create personal and property histories of sites with ties to Reconstruction.
- Assist with assessing maintenance projects for compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
- Assist with other research needs as required, such as public or staff questions, and communicate with Park partners.
- Conduct site assessments and documentation.
- Assist with public outreach and programming as needed.
The position is located at the Reconstruction Era National Historical Park in Beaufort, SC, with some travel required between the three main areas of the Park – downtown Beaufort (Park HQ), St. Helena’s Island, and Port Royal. A travel stipend is available, along with a housing allowance. The intern will gain experience conducting archival research, working knowledge of the Section 106 process, and a greater understanding of the daily operations of a Cultural Resources program.
This position is part of the Internship Program administered by the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE). The program is a partnership between the National Park Service and NCPE. Eligibility requirements apply; visit https://preservenet.org/ncpe-internships/ for details and instructions on how to apply.
Qualified NCPE interns who successfully complete their internships may count their position towards earning a Public Land Corps (PLC) Non-Competitive Hiring Authority certificate. Once earned, the PLC hiring authority certificate may be used to apply for eligible Federal temporary, term, or permanent positions. Visit the website listed above for details about this benefit. Successful completion of the internship does not guarantee Federal employment.