American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Internship
  • CRDIP

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service is seeking ONE CRDIP History Research Intern interested in dedicating 11 weeks in support of the National Park Service at Gateway Arch National Park in St. Louis, Missouri.

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.  This position is being flown on April 12th, 2019 and is looking to recruit as quickly as possible for the May start date.  Please apply as soon as you are able.

  

Start: TBD May, 2018

End: TBD August, 2018 

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. 

Check out CRDIP.org for more information on the program.

 

 

Project Website:  For more information regarding the Gateway Arch National Park, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/jeff/index.htm or the National Park Service, please visit:https://www.nps.gov/index.htm For more information on ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.

 

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.  A wide variety of housing is available in the metropolitan area. Short-term apartments are available in the downtown area, within walking distance of the park. Housing options which the intern might find more affordable are available outside of the downtown area but within the commuting area.

 

Position Description: The intern will research the life and work of St. Louisan Virginia Louise Minor and her fight for woman suffrage during the 19th Century. In addition, research into the active and continuing St. Louis woman's movement, which included a major protest at the Old Courthouse in 1914, will help to inform new museum exhibits that will be designed over the next two years for the Old Courthouse.

In a case that began in 1872 in the Old Courthouse, Virginia Minor, a St. Louis resident and women's suffrage leader, tried to register to vote and was denied. She sued the registrar in an attempt to force the issue of nationwide voting rights for women through a federal court decision. Her lawsuit was heard in the lower court and by the Missouri Supreme Court in the courthouse that is now part of Gateway Arch National Park. Minor contended that women were U.S. citizens under the then-new Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which "nowhere gives [states] the power to prevent" a citizen from voting. Losing both the local and state decisions, her case was eventually decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in Minor v. Happersett. This was a landmark decision in women's rights and voting rights which has never been overturned and is still in force today. In October 1874, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that "the Constitution of the United States does not confer the right of suffrage upon anyone," because suffrage did not automatically coexist with citizenship. While not specifically denying women the right to vote, the court through this decision sidestepped the issue and left the decisions to the individual states. As a result, suffragists switched to state by state campaigns to obtain the right to vote. Nine states allowed women to vote before the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920.

The intern will spend their time researching records in several historical archives in the St. Louis area. Their work would include investigating court records pertaining to 19th century St. Louis and the lives and roles of women within the culture and in the women's movement. Ideally the work would detail the life and work of Virginia Minor, as well as other key figures in the movement such as Anna Clapp, Florence Wyman Richardson, Emily Blair and Edna Gellhorn (the latter two among the founders of the League of Women Voters). It would also detail protests like those held at the Old Courthouse in 1914 and "The Golden Lane" protest of over 2,000 women at the Democratic National Convention of 1916 (held in St. Louis).

The work would be accomplished by combing through civil court records, City of St. Louis records, county court records, and newspapers of the 1860s through 1919. Research would be conducted at the Missouri State Archives, the Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis University, Washington University and the Mercantile Library, all located in St. Louis.

 

 

Project Goals:  All of this information would be used in a new exhibit gallery currently being designed for the Old Courthouse that would detail the struggle for women's rights and equality within the room where Virginia Minor's lower court case was originally heard in 1873. The information would be used to formulate exhibit ideas including design elements, statistics, background information, text and images. It will also provide information to local and national students about women's stories in St. Louis, with findings made available on the Gateway Arch National Park website, which receives some 600,000 "hits" per month (www.nps.gov/jeff).

The project would provide an opportunity to conduct primary source research on a topic no one has yet thoroughly investigated. An intern would publish their findings in a research report as well as, perhaps, a scholarly periodical article. The project presents a unique opportunity for the intern to work with top archivists, curators and historians. The project will allow the intern to explore collections rich in unpublished historical data, to reach their own conclusions based on the data recovered, and to publish findings which will directly influence the interpretive program of a major National Park Service urban park unit.  

  

Qualifications:  The ideal candidate will have a background in conducting independent research in archives, and the ability to write research reports based on this information. A bachelor's degree in history or the substantial completion of a degree (for instance, completion of the course work at the Junior level in college) would be preferred. Background or interest in research on the women's movement in the 19th and/or 20th centuries would be an added bonus. In addition, having the ability to spend long hours in archives working with primary source documents and microfilm is preferred.

 

Required:

  • 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 drivers license/personal vehicle are not required for work or commuting, as both the park and the repositories to be visited are reasonably accessible via public transportation, although a personal vehicle might make commuting, visiting repositories, and other activities more convenient.
  • 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: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/.

 

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 tklotz@usaconservation.org.

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