Public History Interns will work with and learn from National Park Service employees and volunteers as they help the public find meaningful ways to make intellectual and emotional connections to the cultural and natural resources of Stones River National Battlefield. After completing the required online training courses and orientation training at the park, intern will participate in the following visitor services activities/duties.
- Provide informal interpretation and orientation information to the public at the park's visitor center;
- Conduct park roves to offer interpretive opportunities to visitors throughout the battlefield and monitor the condition of park resources;
- Research, prepare and present guided tours and formal talks to visitors;
- Research and prepare at least one non-personal interpretative media item. Products may include: publications such as a rack card or site bulletin, videos, temporary museum exhibit, web page(s), social media posts, and smart phone apps; and
- Transcribe primary source documents to make them accessible and Section 508 compliant via the park's website.
Interns will also learn the skills necessary to perform a number museum management tasks including:
- Accessioning and cataloging objects and archives;
- Environmental monitoring and routine collections housekeeping;
- Digitizing, transcribing and organizing archival collections; and
- Developing and fabricating temporary museum exhibits.
Interns will receive training in the safe use of 19th century muskets and artillery and have the chance to participate in the park's living history programs during the summer. Interns will also assist in management of special events and group volunteer projects. Approximately 20 percent of an intern's time will be spent working on facilities and resource management projects such as exotic plant management.
*For SCA's COVID-19 guidance, please refer to www.thesca.org/covid
Position ID: PO-00734663
Expected Dates: May 15, 2023 - August 13, 2023
3501 Old Nashville Highway
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Training Provided: National Park Service developmental training online. The first full week of the internship will be orientation training. On the job training in interpretive skills, resource management tasks, and customer service.
Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Murfreesboro has all the entertainment, shopping, and dining a typical medium sized college town might have.
Handicap Accessible?: Yes
Main Area of Focus: Visitor Services and Site Operations
AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible
Driving Logistics: Recommended
We are looking for candidates in the local commuting since our housing options remain limited to COVID-19 policies.
Housing or Stipend Provided?
D. No housing is available
US Citizenship: Yes