Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service is seeking ONE CRDIP DHA 19th Amendment Interpretation Intern interested in dedicating 11 weeks in support of the National Park Service at Maggie L Walker National Historic Site in Richmond, VA.

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 and in this case, a specific interest in Maggie L Walker and the experience of African-American women in the suffrage movement.

Start: TBD May, 2019

End: TBD August, 2019

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.


A DHA (Direct Hire Authority) Resource Assistant Internship targets exceptional upper-level undergraduate, graduate students, or recent graduates that are interested in pursuing careers with the NPS. DHA Resource Assistant positions will be rigorous internships that develop the participant’s technical and creative thinking abilities, leadership skills, and problem-solving capabilities.


DHA Applicants will be involved in cultural resource management projects that generate data and/or research that must be analyzed and presented to management at the end of the internship. If the position is an education or interpretation project, the participant must research, develop, and pilot a program or materials for use at the host site.


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Project Website:  For more information regarding the Maggie L Walker National Historic Site, please visit: or the National Park Service, please visit: For more information on ACE, please visit:


Compensation:  The ACE CRDIP Intern will receive $520/week paid out every two weeks.

Housing: Park housing may be available. There are a number of apartments for rent near Maggie L. Walker NHS and throughout Richmond, as several universities are located in the city. Reasonable housing costs in the area will be covered by ACE.


Position Description: Maggie Lena Walker played many important roles in her life – social activist, first African-American woman to serve as a bank president, newspaper editor, fraternal leader, wife, and mother – but many people don’t realize that she also ran for office. In 1921, Walker ran for Superintendent of Public Instruction on an all-black Republican ticket, becoming the first African-American woman to run for state office in Virginia. While recent scholarship has shed more light on Walker’s national significance, there is still a great deal to uncover about her role as a civil rights and suffrage activist. The park is requesting a CRDIP DHA Resource Assistant to research this period of Walker’s life, using the park’s archival resources and materials from the Library of Virginia and University of Virginia at Charlottesville. We estimate four weeks of research would offer insight into not only Walker’s foray into politics, but also the broader context of African-American women and suffrage in Richmond, Virginia. The Resource Assistant would be responsible for presenting the material to staff and working with the Chief of Interpretation to determine where this material best fits in the park’s interpretive framework for future tours, programs, and training materials. Three weeks of the Resource Assistant’s time would be utilized converting the information into digital content, and the additional four weeks would be spent working closely with the Chief of Interpretation and Curator to develop an exhibit about Walker’s 1921 campaign and the experiences of African-American women in Virginia around the suffrage movement that could be displayed in 2020 at both Maggie L. Walker NHS and the Library of Virginia.


Presenting Results:  It is anticipated that in Week 5 the DHA Resource Assistant will present her/his research findings to park and Library of Virginia staff in a 30-minute presentation. Depending on what is found, the park could also host a webinar, potentially in conjunction with one of the NPS Mellon Fellows in Gender and Sexual Equality.


Leadership Development:  The Chief of Interpretation will commit to meet with the Resource Assistant in person no less than once a week for a substantive amount of time to go over expectations, requests for assistance, research guidance, and any other needs the Resource Assistant may have. An abridge version of an Evaluation and Performance Plan will be used to establish expectations and help the intern prepare to transition from the internship to a permanent position with the NPS.


Qualifications:  Strong research skills and a degree in U.S. History, with a focus on African-American History and/or Women’s History, are preferred.



  • 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.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation.
  • 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.


EOE: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.


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:


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 (385) 522-3171 or