Interpretation Intern - 12 months

Expected Dates
May 14, 2018 to September 30, 2018
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site
Position ID
The individual selected for this internship will work within the Division of Interpretation at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, located in Hodgenville, Kentucky.  The park is located in a predominantly rural area of Central Kentucky.  The park is comprised of two units: The Birthplace Unit and the Boyhood Home Unit at Knob Creek.  The selected individual will be required to work at both units of the park during their internship.

The selected individual will be expected to work as a highly functioning team member of the Division of Interpretation.  They will provide front-line interpretative services including working at the park’s visitor center information desk, working at the park’s Memorial Building, while providing both informal and formal interpretive programs.  The selected individual will be required to study, research and develop their own formal interpretive programs to present to the public, within the interpretive framework given to them during park orientation training.  At the Birthplace Unit, the selected individual will present formal interpretive programs to a wide range of visitors with different interest levels.  They will also present a programs geared for children called “Life with Little Abe” that include various hands-on activities such as handling various animal furs, skulls and scat as well as demonstrating games and toys used by children on the Kentucky frontier. The selected individual will also work at the Boyhood Home Unit at Knob Creek and will provide both formal and informal interpretive programs to the public.  Other interpretive opportunities at this site include providing a program for children involving “hands-on” activities, living history presentations in historically accurate period reproduction clothing, working in the living history interpretive garden as well as assisting with the presentation of Night Sky programming.  

Other events and activities that the selected individual will be involved with throughout the year will include the annual “Walk Through Lincoln’s Life” event, which is a 2-day educational outreach event the park hosts every September geared specifically for area school children.  They will also be involved during the annual community-hosted “Lincoln Days” event in October.  The park is one of the many community partners for the event and the selected individual will help staff the park’s booth.  Other events the selected individual will be involved, in addition to the activities listed above are outreach events to local schools and civic organizations, National Park Week activities and National Jr. Ranger Day Activities.

  • Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park is located in Central Kentucky. The park is located in Hodgenville, Kentucky, a small town of about 3,000 residents. There are limited shopping and dining options. The park is about 1 hour 30 minutes south of Louisville and about 2 hours north of Nashville. The town of Elizabethtown, located about 20 miles from the park and it provides the closest places for shopping and dining.

    The park will ensure the selected individual’s success by providing proper supervision as well as pairing the intern with a veteran staff member within the Division of Interpretation that will serve as a mentor. The mentor will be able to provide day-to-day assistance and supervision as well as be a point-of-contact for the individual when questions and concerns arise.

  • The selected individual will be provided with an intensive park orientation training course where they will learn about the history of the NPS, the park, park operations as well as how to properly research and develop a formal interpretive program.
  • The park offers a picnic area and hiking trails at both the Birthplace and Boyhood Home Units. The selected individual will live in park housing with other SCA employees during their internship at the park.
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Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
degree minor or extensive experience
Customer Service
competent with supervision
Leadership Experience
some experience
Money Handling
some experience
Public Speaking
competent with supervision
Working with Children
competent with supervision