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🔗Descendant Partnerships Intern – 1120 Hours

  • Internship
  • NCPE Internship
  • Cambridge, MA
  • 17.00 USD / Hour
  • February 22, 2023
  • Department: Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
  • Job Reference #: 4018b
  • 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: Education, History, Public History, Museum Studies, English, Ethnic Studies, American Studies, Languages, Sociology, Anthropology, Communications, and Visual Art. Previous museum experience not required.

  • How to Apply:

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

  • Job benefits: $850 monthly housing allowance, Paid Time Off (PTO), $500 training stipend
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Most work will be performed on site in an office environment, with 1-2 telework days per week.
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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.

Education Projects

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.

  • NCPE Internships: Eligibility & How to Apply


    All NCPE interns received an hourly stipend, the rate is listed at each position description. Additionally, interns receive paid time off (PTO), paid Federal holidays if working full-time, and access to NCPE's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for career and personal counseling, coaching, and referrals. Project sites may also offer a housing allowance and/or commuting stipend; this information is also listed in the description or offered during the interview.

    As an organization operating under Public Land Corps Act (PLC) authority, many NCPE positions qualify the intern for Federal Hiring Preference if (1) they complete a minimum of 640 hours at one or more qualifying conservation project(s); (2) are between the ages of 16 and 30 years (35 if a veteran); and (3) apply for a Federal position at USAJOBS with PLC noted in the announcement within two years of completing the internship. Find out more about this hiring preference during the interview or contact for details.


    To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking academic program or recently graduated (within the past 12 months) and be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Interns are not eligible to work more than 1200 hours total in the program; previous interns must stay within this overall limit. The length of an internship can vary from 10 to 30 weeks if full time (40 hours per week) or longer if on a part-time schedule. If selected, the exact starting date will be determined by you and the NPS supervisor. The stipend rate is $17.00 per hour unless otherwise listed.

    The successful candidate is responsible for finding and paying for travel to and housing at the internship location; some exceptions apply. The supervising office may be able to assist in locating housing but it is ultimately up to the individual accepting the internship to find accommodation.

    The National Council requires all interns working in-person at Federal facilities and/or with Federal employees receive the Covid-19 vaccination. Please be advised that you may also be required to wear a mask, depending on the protocols adopted by your work site. Also be aware that, due to Government-wide security requirements, a background check will be required if you are selected for a position. This will include providing information about recent housing and employment history. The position supervisor will have more information about these requirements and procedures at the time of hiring. You may direct any questions to NCPE's Internship Program Director, Julee Johnson, at

    Please note that interns are not NCPE or NPS employees. Stipends are academic awards and taxes are not withheld, nor are social security contributions made on your behalf. These funds may be taxable, however, so consult a tax preparation professional if you have questions.

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