🔗Family & Community Programs Intern – 1000 hours
Website National Park Service/NCPE Internship Program
ABOUT THE SITE: Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site (LONG) is a historic house museum and cultural institution managed by the National Park Service (NPS). Originally preserved as the headquarters of general George Washington and the home of 19th-century poet Henry Longfellow, current work prioritizes historically marginalized histories associated with the site. These include the history of slavery and freedom, and LGBTQIA+ history.
LONG is open from late May through late October. Weekly programs include poetry readings, concerts, and family events. The site actively cultivates partnerships with community organizations. Summer staffing consists of seven permanent staff (Interpretation, Curatorial, Maintenance, Administration), five seasonal staff, and four-six interns. The site is welcoming and supportive of people of diverse identities, and prioritizes a safe, inclusive work environment.
LONG is located in a historic neighborhood of Cambridge, Massachusetts, part of the Boston metropolitan area.
Bilingual and BIPOC candidates are encouraged to apply.
GOALS & DUTIES: The Family & Community Programs Intern will be a key member of the site’s Community Engagement Team. In accordance with site goals, the Intern will develop programming and community outreach strategies to serve economically, racially, and linguistically diverse families in Cambridge and surrounding communities.
This internship will begin June 5, 2023 and conclude November 24, 2023. Workdays are Thursday through Monday, with 1 telework day. The Intern will be supervised by the Lead Park Ranger (Interpretation) as part of a highly collaborative environment. Duties include:
- Research best practices in social/emotional and play-based learning
- Coordinate with the site’s Community Outreach team to develop and implement a family outreach strategy.
- Facilitate a series of weekly family programs.
- Evaluate and draft a brief report on effective family programming at LONG.
- Develop a framework for a Family Guide to the planned Poetry of Slavery & Freedom Interpretive Trail.
- Collaborate to support programming with Cambridge Public Library or other community partners.
- Represent LONG at occasional off-site community events.
- Manage a $500 family programs budget.
- Provide visitor information, assist with Summer Festival and Juneteenth events.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The intern will gain extensive professional training and experience in historic site interpretation and education, program planning, and community engagement. They will also experience budgeting, archival research, customer service, and partnerships.
This internship includes a $500 stipend for professional development, which may be expended on a professional conference, training course, or learning materials. The site will provide additional training, access to NPS and partner webinars, and support cross-disciplinary networking.