Tour Guide 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) 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: Tour Guide Intern
NPS Unit Name: Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Position Dates: May 29th – August 3rd, 2018
Position Description:    
The individual selected for this internship will work within the Division of Interpretation at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, located in Hodgenville, Kentucky. The park is located in a predominantly rural area of Central Kentucky. The park is comprised of two units: The Birthplace Unit and the Boyhood Home Unit at Knob Creek.

The selected individual will be required to work at both units of the park during their internship. The selected individual will be expected to work as a highly functioning team member of the Division of Interpretation. They will provide front- line interpretative services including working at the park's visitor center information desk, working at the park's Memorial Building, while providing both informal and formal interpretive programs. The selected individual will be required to study, research and develop their own formal interpretive programs to present to the public, within the interpretive framework given to them during park orientation training. At the Birthplace Unit, the selected individual will present formal interpretive programs to a wide range of visitors with different interest levels. They will also present a programs geared for children called "Life with Little Abe" that include various hands-on activities such as handling various animal furs, skulls and scat as well as demonstrating games and toys used by children on the Kentucky frontier.

The selected individual will also work at the Boyhood Home Unit at Knob Creek and will provide both formal and informal interpretive programs to the public. Other interpretive opportunities at this site include providing a program for children involving "hands-on" activities, living history presentations in historically accurate period reproduction clothing, describe the project, including the opportunity/need that will be met, and the things that the intern will do.
This individual will be working on the front-line with visitors who come to the park from all over the United States and the world. A "people- person" with good communication skills is preferred and also someone who has strong customer service experience is desired. Preference will be given to individuals who have majored or have degrees in History, Education, Resource Management, Communication and Parks and Recreation/Environmental Studies.
Additional qualifications:

  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited HBCU institution
  • Must be between 18 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:
This intern will serve as the front-line point of contact with visitors in the park. When working at the Birthplace Unit, work is spent both indoors and outdoors. When working at the Knob Creek Unit, all work is spent outdoors.

Vehicle/License Requirement:
Intern must have a personal vehicle during the duration of the internship and possess a valid state driver’s license in order to operate a government vehicle.

Compensation and Benefits:     

  • Compensation is at a rate of $10 per hour, 40 hours per week.
  • Park housing is provided in a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit.
  • Mandatory attendance at the all-expense paid Leadership & Careers Workshop in Washington, D.C. in August
  • 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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