A Journey in American History
"Connecting the Spokes on the Wheel of History of Enslaved People and Descendants"
About the Role
The Family & Community Programs Intern will be a key member of the site’s Community Engagement Team. In accordance with site goals, the Intern will develop programming and community outreach strategies to serve economically, racially, and linguistically diverse families in Cambridge and surrounding communities.
This internship will begin June 5, 2023 and conclude November 24, 2023. Workdays are Thursday through Monday, with 1 telework day. The Intern will be supervised by the Lead Park Ranger (Interpretation) as part of a highly collaborative environment. Duties include:
Research best practices in social/emotional and play-based learning
Coordinate with the site’s Community Outreach team to develop and implement a family outreach strategy.
Facilitate a series of weekly family programs.
Evaluate and draft a brief report on effective family programming at LONG.
Develop a framework for a Family Guide to the planned Poetry of Slavery & Freedom Interpretive Trail.
Collaborate to support programming with Cambridge Public Library or other community partners.
Represent LONG at occasional off-site community events.
Manage a $500 family programs budget.
Provide visitor information, assist with Summer Festival and Juneteenth events.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The intern will gain extensive professional training and experience in historic site interpretation and education, program planning, and community engagement. They will also experience budgeting, archival research, customer service, and partnerships.
This internship includes a $500 stipend for professional development, which may be expended on a professional conference, training course, or learning materials. The site will provide additional training, access to NPS and partner webinars, and support cross-disciplinary networking.
Applicants must be enrolled in a 2- or 4-year educational institution seeking a degree or a recent graduate (within the past 12 months). This is an interdisciplinary and developmental position. Relevant fields of study include, but are not limited to: Education, History, Public History, Museum Studies, English, American Studies, Early Childhood Education, Languages, Sociology, Anthropology, Outdoor Recreation, Communications, and Visual Art. Previous museum experience not required. Bilingual ability preferred but not required.
About the Company
Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site (LONG) is a historic house museum and cultural institution managed by the National Park Service (NPS). Originally preserved as the headquarters of general George Washington and the home of 19th-century poet Henry Longfellow, current work prioritizes historically marginalized histories associated with the site.