HBCUI intern Davonte Logan shares some insight into his summer experience
When you live in the backyard of a National Park, It’s easy to take its presence for granted. Working with the HBCU Initiative, I have the opportunity to learn an appreciation for the national treasures that make up 401 units. But not only was I taking for granted my backyard, I was taking for granted my alma mater. Tuskegee University drills into your mindset the importance of Tuskegee during freshman orientation and they mention the works of George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington. But while experiencing my own National Park, I have learned just how deep and important my HBCU is. Tuskegee University is the nation’s only active college or university to be designated as a National park. One thing that is so special about Tuskegee is that it’s not only one federal designation but it is a national historic landmark and a national historic district. Working at headquarters, as an administrative/business intern, I get a chance to witness first-hand about budget and financial management, information management and administrative services as required in support of staff and programs for three sites: Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site and the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail. At the same time, I also get to work in a comfortable environment where I am able to network with park staff and learn and hear about their stories working for the Department of Interior. It takes a lot of time patience, and support to help tell the stories of the 401 National Parks available to us and I am truly grateful to take part in sharing the story of Booker T. Washington, the Tuskegee Airmen, George Washington Carver, and Bloody Sunday. I never realized the immense amount of work that goes into maintaining such historical sites. Throughout the next few weeks I hope to continue learning more and network with the other interns around the country from the other national parks.