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🔗Descendant and Interpretive Partnerships Intern – 1040 hours

  • Internship
  • NCPE Internship
  • Cambridge, MA
  • 17.00 USD / Hour
  • Applications have closed
  • Department: Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
  • Job Reference #: 4097
  • Job Summary: The Intern will support initiatives at Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site that advance the interpretation of Black history through partnerships with living descendants and community organizations.
  • Job Qualifications:

    Applicants must be enrolled in a 2- or 4-year educational institution seeking a degree or a recent graduate (within the past 12 months). This is an interdisciplinary and developmental position. Relevant fields of study include, but are not limited to: African American Studies, Education, History, Public History, Museum Studies, English, Ethnic Studies, American Studies, Languages, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, and Communications. Previous museum experience not required. Strong writing and organizational skills, audio/visual skills, and basic graphic design knowledge preferred.

  • How to Apply:

    Click on the application button at this listing and follow the instructions to apply online.

  • Job benefits: Paid Time Off (PTO), Housing Allowance, Training Stipend
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Website National Park Service/NCPE Internship Program

Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site is a historic house and cultural institution whose occupants shaped our nation. It was a site of colonial enslavement and community activism, George Washington’s first long-term headquarters of the American Revolution, and the place where Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote his canon of 19th-century American literature.

Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site (LONG) is a historic house museum and cultural institution located in Cambridge, MA and managed by the National Park Service. 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 enslavement, freedom, activism, and LGBTQIA+ history.

Summer programs include tours, poetry readings, concerts, and community events. Staffing consists of seven permanent staff, four seasonal staff, and four-six interns. The site is welcoming and supportive of people of diverse identities, and prioritizes a safe, inclusive work environment.

BIPOC candidates are encouraged to apply.

The Descendant and Interpretive Partnerships Intern will be an integral member of the site’s Interpretation and Community Engagement Team. The Intern will support initiatives at LONG that advance partnerships with community organizations and living descendants of people enslaved on site in the 1700s, and the interpretation of this key history.

This internship will begin June 2, 2024 and conclude December 1, 2024. Workdays are Thursday-Monday. A combination of on-site and telework is available. The Intern will be supervised by the Supervisory Park Ranger and mentored by partner staff as part of a highly collaborative environment.

Duties include:

  • Coordinate with NPS and Slave Legacy History Coalition staff to identify and provide strategic support to this emerging organization (The Slave Legacy History Coalition is a National Park Service partner and descendant-led “consortium of individuals and organizations engaged in the preservation of the history of enslaved people in the Cambridge, Boston communities and beyond”);
  • Develop strategy for engaging new audiences with the Coalition, including youth audiences;
  • Support the annual Juneteenth Gathering, including coordination with the descendant community;
  • Participate in planning efforts for the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution at LONG, including developing a unique interpretive program, article, or display highlighting Black history associated with this period and its contemporary relevance;
    Provide occasional visitor information, assist with Summer Festival and family events;
  • Create flyers, social media posts, and other web-based visual content.

The intern will gain professional experience in historic site interpretation, program planning, and descendant partnerships. They will also build experience in project management, customer service, digital media, and outreach.

This internship includes a $300 stipend for professional development, which may be expended on a professional conference or other training. The site will provide additional training, access to NPS and partner webinars, and cross-disciplinary networking.


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 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.