🔗Descendant Partnerships Intern – 1120 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.
Weekly summer programs include poetry readings, concerts, and community events. Staffing consists of seven permanent staff, 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 Cambridge, Massachusetts.
BIPOC candidates are encouraged to apply.
GOALS & DUTIES: The Descendant Partnerships Intern will be an integral member of the site’s Interpretation Team. The Intern will support two initiatives at LONG that advance partnerships with living Descendants of people enslaved on site in the 1700s.
This internship will begin June 5, 2023 and conclude December 15, 2023. Workdays are Thursday-Monday, with 1-2 days per week teleworking. The Intern will be supervised by the Supervisory Park Ranger as part of a highly collaborative environment. Duties include:
Slave Legacy History Coalition Support
The Slave Legacy History Coalition is a Descendant-led “consortium of individuals and organizations engaged in the preservation of the history of enslaved people in the Cambridge, Boston communities and beyond.” LONG is an active member.
- Coordinate with Coalition founders and members to identify and provide strategic support to the growing Coalition.
Support upcoming collaborative projects to develop educational materials and programming in connection with new poetry and other media reflecting the site’s history of slavery, freedom, and activism.
- Participate in workshops with Descendants to consult on multimedia development
- Develop an online StoryMap (technical experience not required)
Manage an engagement budget.
Make recommendations to LONG staff on strengthening engagement and support to Descendant community.
Provide occasional visitor information, assist with Summer Festival and Juneteenth events.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The intern will gain professional experience in historic site interpretation, program planning, and partnerships. They will also experience budgeting, customer service, and outreach.
This internship includes a $500 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.