American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Manteo, NC, USA
  • Internship

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service is seeking ONE CRDIP DHA 19th Amendment Interpretation Intern interested in dedicating 11 weeks in support of the National Park Service at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site in Manteo, NC.


This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to researching and interpreting women's stories.  Applicants must have strong interest in history, natural science, communications, education, and/or park and recreation management.



Start: Mid-May, 2019

End: September, 2019

Duration: *11 weeks minimum commitment required*


The Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (CRDIP) is a special professional development internship offering that supports undergraduate and graduate students, from underrepresented populations, who wish to gain exposure to and experience in the historic preservation/cultural resources fields of work. Applicants must be 18-35 and either A) in pursuit of a higher education degree or B) still be within two years of graduation from a degree program. 


A DHA (Direct Hire Authority) Resource Assistant Internship targets exceptional upper-level undergraduate, graduate students, or recent graduates that are interested in pursuing careers with the NPS. DHA Resource Assistant positions will be rigorous internships that develop the participant's technical and creative thinking abilities, leadership skills, and problem-solving capabilities. 


DHA Applicants will be involved in cultural resource management projects that generate data and/or research that must be analyzed and presented to management at the end of the internship. If the position is an education or interpretation project, the participant must research, develop, and pilot a program or materials for use at the host site.


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Project Website:  For more information regarding the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, please visit:, or the National Park Service, please visit: For more information on ACE, please visit:



Compensation:  The ACE CRDIP Intern will receive $520/week paid out every two weeks. 


Housing:  Onsite housing is provided at no cost to the intern.  You will have your own bedroom in a dormitory house or share a 3-bedroom single family home.  Shared common areas include the kitchen, living room and restrooms. Basic kitchen items (pots, pans, dishes), washer, and dryer are provided. The nearest grocery store is miles away along with a wide variety of restaurants, shops, and entertainment.



Position Description:  The 19th Amendment Interpretation Intern is in the Division of Interpretation and Visitor Services. During the course of the internship, the intern and Supervisory Ranger will work with professors from the University of Virginia and local historians to research the role women played in the significant stories of the park. This project will help the park achieve its goal of diversifying the historical perspectives shared with visitors.

The research project will not only engage with a broader audience but will also help the park continue to develop and maintain relationships with the historical research community. The intern position will also coincide with and lead in the development of an Interpretive Service Plan to introduce women's perspectives in the park's short term and long term interpretive programming. Through research and the creation of interpretive program outlines the park can better include new and diverse perspectives that will open doors for broader audiences to have an opportunity of finding personal relevance in the stories.

The park has identified two areas the intern will focus their research. The Freedmen's Colony was established during the American Civil War and provided the opportunity for escaped slaves to begin a new life. Female missionaries took on many responsibilities and regularly broke gender barriers for women in nineteenth-century society through their work with the Freedmen's Colony. In addition, interviews and research will be conducted on women of the Carolina Algonquian Indians who inhabited the land when the English Roanoke Voyages took place in the 1580's.

The product will have a lasting impact as the research and interpretive programming will help initiate a long-term shift in park priorities to share diverse viewpoints of our interpretive themes. Lasting relationships with university faculty and history scholars will additionally enrich public engagement with the park site.


Project Goals:

  • Provide a complete "Women of Fort Raleigh" program plan that has been peer reviewed and coached by park staff and on the Common Learning Portal.Program plans and Interpretive Service plans will be used for future training, program scheduling, and other park planning.
  • Prepare a written summary of research that will be added to the parks resource library.
  • Write 2 CMS site pages featuring women of the Freedmen's Colony and early contact with the Carolina Algonquin and English settlers.
  • Launch a Social Media campaign which includes Facebook and Instagram posts.
  • Produce high quality informational engaging/dynamic videos for the park website.


Presenting Results: Present research on women's stories of Fort Raleigh National Historic Site to park management at the Management Leadership meeting and a brown bag lunch for all employees to provide recommended actions the park can take to include more women's stories.

Interpretive products produced will be facilitated during regularly scheduled programs available to the public and external audiences on a weekly basis. Social Media, videos produced, and website pages will also be available to a wide audience.


Leadership DevelopmentThe Intern will be provided close mentorship and support from peers and supervisors throughout the duration of their internship. The intern will meet with mentors and the supervisor on a regular basis to discuss project development, progress, deadlines, quality assurance, and have the opportunity to address challenges as they arise. There will be formal and informal opportunities to develop professional skills and create a competitive federal resume to compete for future positions with the National Park Service. Interns will also be connected with other individuals in the National Park Service to expand their understanding of the National Park Service and other opportunities available.


Qualifications:  Applicants should demonstrate a genuine interest in history, natural sciences, communications, education, and/or park and recreation management.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Must be 18 to 35 years of age and are in pursuit of a higher education degree or within two years of graduation.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS.
  • Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences;
  • Ability to self-direct alone and effectively participate in a group or small team environments.
  • A strong interest and/or ability to communicate with people of all ages and backgrounds in both formal public speaking roles and informal interpersonal communication.
  • Ability to work well within a team and collaborate with others.
  • Interest in learning how to conduct research a topic via sound literary resources and/or field observations while being provided guidance in designing an original interpretive program.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and google documents.
  • Experience in Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.)
  • Desire to be bold and creative.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation.
  • English proficiency is necessary.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.

The CRDIP Intern must be willing and able to represent ACE and the NPS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing. 


To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with contact information for 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right-hand corner of the position listing on our website here:


NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This posting may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC NPS Recruitment Specialist Tori Klotz at (385) 522-3171 or

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