The National Capital Region’s National Historic Landmarks (NHL) Program office is seeking a student or recent graduate in public history, history, African American/Cultural studies, historic preservation, or related degree field to work closely with the regional NHL Coordinator and a consulting historian to assist with updating the outdated NHL documentation for George Mason’s Gunston Hall in Mason Neck, Virginia. The aim is it update the 1960-1978 documentation to reflect current scholarship to reflect a more expansive history that acknowledges the context and complexities of the period and the people involved. This includes adding information about the centrality of the institution of slavery in Mason’s life and accomplishments, about the people that Mason enslaved, and an acknowledgment of women’s roles at the site. The intern will help identify, collect, and analyze recent scholarship related to Mason, the institution of slavery, and the resonance of the slavery within the nation’s founding. In addition, the intern will assist with reviewing and drafting portions of the nomination and with organizing and managing public outreach to affiliated groups and the public. Other potential 250th commemoration tasks may include development of educational outreach in the form of social media and web content. In addition, the intern may have the opportunity to assist with fieldwork at the site aimed at documenting the historic building, sites, and landscapes.

Job Qualifications:
The student or recent graduate should be studying or have completed a degree in public history, history, African American/Cultural studies, historic preservation, or related degree field. We seek a student or graduate with an interest in and experience researching and writing about the history of African American enslavement (especially during the Colonial, Revolutionary, and Early Republic periods), and/or working with descendant communities on public history projects. Excellent writing, analytical, and organizational skills are desired.

NPS champions an organizational culture that is inclusive and participatory, which values the diverse ideas, experience and background of every individual, and empowers an innovative, flexible and resilient NPS to engage the opportunities and challenges of the future.

The intern will be able to work remotely or at the Washington, DC office. Short periods of in-office or on-site work may be required as well as site visits to Gunston Hall and regional research repositories. The travel stipend is available if the selected intern lives outside the Washington, DC commuting area.

One 480-hour position ($10,150 stipend plus travel stipend of $2,500)

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Application deadline: February 15, 2024

Date posted: January 21, 2024