Interpretation Intern


The need for preserving all of our nation's history has never been greater, we're counting on you! HBCUI (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship) Program is a 10-week summer experience brought to you by Greening Youth Foundation in partnership with the U.S. National Park Service. As a part of HBCUI, students from schools around the country are putting their unique skills and talents to work in preserving the contributions of African Americans to our nation's history and culture. Participants gain real-world, on-the-job experience as they explore federal careers in the U.S. National Park Service.
Position Title: Interpretation Intern
NPS Unit Name: Alaska Public Lands Information Center, Anchorage, Alaska
Position Dates: May 28 – August 3, 2018

Position Description:    
The intern will obtain skills in the art of interpretation. They will learn how to create formal interpretative presentations which provide opportunities for meaningful connections to parks and public lands through personal services. They will learn to research, prepare, and conduct programs in a formal interpretive venue that are a catalyst in creating an opportunity for the audience to form their own intellectual and emotional connections with the meanings and significance of the resource. Duties will include creating an interpretive product, delivering the interpretive program, demonstration, and/or walking tour. If the product is a walk it will be audited and statistics of participants will be captured. Participants sometimes leave comment cards.

They will also become well skilled in Informal Interpretation. The intern will develop or adapt orientations, perform roving interpretation, initiate informal contacts, and create interpretive products. They will learn proper customer service skills by greeting visitors to the theatre, introducing movies, and special programs, and enhances interpretive messages as visitors exit the theatre. They will operate theatre and audiovisual equipment to facilitate interpretive venues. The performance will be observed and audited. Number of contacts are noted and compiled.

Finally, they will learn new Web skills. We are one of the few sites that has moved to a new web plate form called Drupal. They will learn a highly new skill set that is the wave of the future. They will provide support for interpretive services via the web.  Contribute to populating the website by adding text, pictures, other content, and functionality using Drupal. Ownership of web pages allows supervisor to monitor contributions and changes.
The bases of this internship is to get the intern opportunities to learn skills that will help them obtain a position with the NPS. Qualifications for this site are a willingness to learn new skills, a desire to work with multiple partners, ages, and nationalities, and a willingness to try new things in a wilderness environment. Useful skill sets would be (but not limited to) public speaking skills, outdoor education, education fields, environmental studies, athletics, Law Enforcement, Corrections, other social sciences, etc.  
Additional qualifications:

  • Must be currently enrolled or recent graduate of an accredited HBCU institution
  • Must be between 16 and 35 years of age
  • Must be U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident or U.S. national
  • Must be able to pass a federal background check

Work Environment:
The Alaska Public Lands Information Center is located within Anchorage. The position is within an information center in downtown Anchorage. The site has a visitor center with a museum, a theater that seats 125 people, a classroom for education programming, and office spaces for staff to develop their programs.
Vehicle/License Requirement:
A valid driver's license is required. The student may operate government vehicles. Students that are in this position must carry a valid state issued ID with them at all times.
Compensation and Benefits:     

  • Compensation is at a rate of $400 per week
  • Housing stipend or offsite housing is provided
  • Mandatory Attendance at the all-expense paid Leadership & Careers Workshop in Washington, D.C.
  • Qualify for federal non-compete hiring after meeting service requirements (640 hours or 2 HBCUI terms)
  • Make a difference in your local community and beyond

Application Instructions:
Interested students should apply directly to this position via the SERVE job portal at:
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Greening Youth Foundation (GYF, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to nurture environmental stewardship among diverse youth and young adults, while exposing them to conservation careers.
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