History Intern (Local candidates preferred)

Expected Dates
June 14, 2021 to September 3, 2021
Prince William Forest Park
Position ID
Currently, the scant information about African-American use and experience within the park’s historic cabin camps provide only a few individual snapshots. This project will identify and compile known and researchable records about the African-American summer camps and expand significantly our understanding and ability to reestablish ties with generations of African-Americans campers and community groups who came to Prince William Forest Park from the 1940s to 1970. Interns will research, and compile information about the African-American use of summer camps at the Park. Research will be conducted at the State Archives, the National Archives, the park, and other repositories. Interns will conduct oral history interviews with individuals that served as counselors or campers.

Interns will create a document that outlines camp details about the various organizations that used the camps. Curriculum based programs will be developed allowing park staff to educate park visitors on the story of segregation, civil rights and diverse uses the Park.

  • Weekly living allowance: $190 / week
  • Housing allowance: $650 / month
  • One-time travel allowance: $1,100 paid once
  • Eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award
  • Prince William Forest Park is an oasis, a respite of quiet and calm. In 1936, Chopawamsic Recreation Area opened its gates to house children’s ‘relief’ camps during the Great Depression. Renamed Prince William Forest Park in 1948, these fragrant woods and trickling streams have welcomed generations of campers, hikers, bikers and nature lovers. Come discover Northern VA’s best kept secret!
  • Extensive opportunity to learn the history of the park and of local African American communities.
    Exposure/access to historic repositories for research.
    Park has over 30 miles of hiking trails available, and site visits to camps will be encouraged.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Social Sciences
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
degree minor or extensive experience
Data Entry
some experience
Field Research
some experience
Social Media
competent with supervision
Public Speaking
some experience
competent without supervision