National Park Service/NCPE Internship Program
The intern will work under the supervision of Interior-Region 1 North Atlantic- Appalachian (former Northeast) Regional Office, History and Preservation Assistance Historians on two projects related to the recently completed Historic Resource Study on Segregation in Virginia’s National Parks, 1916-1965. The study’s goal was to place National Park Service (NPS) resources within historic contexts of the long Civil Rights Movement starting with the establishment of Virginia NPS units in the 1930s and ending with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The study explores the de jure and de facto practices of racial separation at NPS units in Virginia during this period.
The first project will implement the next phase of the Segregation in Virginia’s National Parks Historic Resource Study’s oral history research component to contextualize the African American perspective, as the African American voice has not been fully explored within this study. The intern will perform a gap analysis of the study identifying African American historical actors who challenged the agency’s discriminatory practices. The deliverables will be (1) an annotated identification list of potential oral history participants, (2) a biographical sketch of a person of interest identified through the gap analysis, (3) the intern will share their findings through a brown-bag webinar presentation hosted by the region. The second project will build on existing research from the Segregation in Virginia’s National Parks Historic Resource Study. The intern will assist in completing and submitting applications for each of the 6 case study NPS sites explored in the study to be added to the National Park Service’s African American Civil Rights Network (AACRN).
This is a hybrid internship with most work being done remotely. It will also include a trip to a National Park Service unit in Virginia. At the conclusion of this internship, the intern will have gained experience and exposure in historical research, public history methods, and the cultural resources field. This internship also includes a $600.00 travel stipend and a $2,000.00 housing allowance.