American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Kinderhook, NY, USA
  • Internship

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service is seeking ONE CRDIP 19th Amendment Interpretation Intern interested in dedicating 11 weeks in support of the National Park Service at the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site in Kinderhook, NY.


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: TBD May, 2019

End: TBD August, 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. 


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Project Website:   For more information regarding the Martin Van Buren 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 $440/week paid out every two weeks.


AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 300-hour ($1,252.91) AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.


Housing: Park housing is not available, but reasonable housing costs in the area will be covered by ACE; the park will provide a housing stipend to cover at least a portion of the intern's cost of living. There are a number of short-term rental options within the local commuting area, ranging from around $500 per month upward.


Position Description:  The intern will be tasked with two projects over the course of an 11-week internship at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. Each project will fulfill a clear need within the interpretive division's current priorities, and help the park expand our footprint with specifically identified groups within the local community.

The first project will be to assist in developing a set of materials for an on-site classroom activity for fifth graders in Columbia County, NY and neighboring school districts. This activity will be hands-on, and focus on the importance of voting in a free society and how voting rights have expanded to be more inclusive throughout New York history. As a member of the state constitutional convention of 1820, Martin Van Buren favored expanded voting rights but opposed universal suffrage. Students will discuss why certain groups of people were prevented from voting, and how these groups fought for change in New York and around the nation. By the end of the lesson, students will understand how voting works, be able to identify key figures in the movement for expanded suffrage throughout American history, and recognize voting as a right that needs to be actively protected up to the present day. The intern will work with the Chief of Interpretation, the park's education coordinator, and local educators to develop an interactive and engaging program. Aligning with the fifth grade civics curriculum, this program will also build upon an on-site field trip in which the majority of local fourth graders participate. This is part of the park's ongoing effort to expand our educational offerings to meet needs of youth from pre-school through high school and beyond.

Additionally, the intern will have an opportunity to develop their historical research skills while expanding to the park's body of knowledge. The intern will research connections between women who lived or worked at the site and major political and social reform movements of the mid-19th century. This will include, but not be limited to, abolition, temperance, educational reform, and expansion of property rights for women. The information gleaned from this research will be integrated into the daily interpretive offerings at the site. It will also be used to develop a program for off-site presentations at senior centers and active adult communities within the local commuting area. In a rapidly aging community, intellectually stimulating learning opportunities for seniors are greatly needed, and the park is excited to help.



Qualifications:  As this project relies heavily on the intern having prior experience with historical research, we are looking for a history major (or major in a related field) at an accredited university. Upperclassmen and graduate students with strong applications and interviews will be given preference.  Experience with education programs or working with children is preferred.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Intern must be able to demonstrate strong research and organizational skills, good time management, and the ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Intern must be proficient with Microsoft Office and use of the Internet for historical research.
  • Prior work experience in any job or field is greatly preferred.
  • Intern will be provided with a housing stipend, but must have a method of transportation to and from the site.
  • 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.
  • 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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