Digital Youth Engagement Design Intern (DHA-RAI)

National Parks Of Boston (Boston National Historical Park, Boston Harbor Islands National And State Park, Boston African American National Historic Site)

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Dates: May 16, 2022 – Aug 4, 2022

Compensation: $640/week + Housing

Application Due: February 6, 2022

Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

All interns must be fully vaccinated for covid-19 prior to the start of their internship.

The Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) seeks to engage young Latino/Latina professionals in natural and cultural resource research and management, interpretation, and public affairs.

*This position requires that the intern be enrolled in a 4-year institute of higher learning. 

Position Description:

This project builds on digital media prototypes established throughout the pandemic (youth-centered website, self-guided materials for family groups) and lessons learned from community youth from about the value of and need for a stronger social media presence.  This project will allow the National Parks of Boston (NPB) to refine opportunities for successfully engaging underserved and underrepresented park audiences through digital media. Over the 11-week internship, the incumbent will work alongside youth, learn how the NPB sites are significant to them, and create digital media that resonates with local youth and family groups from the City of Boston.  The RA will collaborate with NPS professionals, partners, and participating youth to design, create and document visual outreach and digital communication materials.

The incumbent will advance the Education Youth and Volunteer Engagement team’s work in two strategic project areas:

1.Digital Youth Engagement Activities: National Parks of Boston’s suite of self-guided on-site, “Grab and Go,” and remote “Find Your Park Anywhere” engagement activities.

2.National Parks of Boston Youth Online Presence: Social Media and NPB Youth Blog Coordination


1) Engage with students, youth and families from the City of Boston to reimagine the role of digital media and the importance aligning with community needs and interests;

2) Refine digital media development strategy that supports effective engagement with youth and families from the City of Boston;

3) Create a variety of digital stories and graphic materials to better connect with youth and families from the City of Boston;

4) Raise the visibility of Boston’s national parks as responsive, relevant places for youth and families from the City of Boston.

Natural and Physical Work Environment:

The National Parks of Boston is located in Boston, MA, the capital and largest city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The city, which encompasses 24 diverse neighborhoods, is home to more than 675,000 residents.

The Hispanic or Latino population in the city is 19.8% and includes Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Salvadorans, Columbians, Mexicans, Guatemalans and Brazilians.  Latinos live in every neighborhood in the city with the highest populations living in the neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, East Boston, Allston/Brighton and Hyde Park.  42.4% of students attending Boston Public Schools are Hispanic; the city is in constant need of multi-lingual teachers and Spanish-speaking teachers are highly sought in order to facilitate quality learning experiences and academic support for the city’s many Hispanic (generally Latino) youth and families.

Boston offers a variety of amenities, including schools, restaurants and theaters, museums, exceptional medical facilities, vibrant neighborhood business districts, apartment rentals, and a solid network of parks, community centers, and libraries. Summer temperatures range from the 70s to the mid 90s, with high humidity. Rain in the summer is sporadic and largely in the form of showers and thunderstorms.

The office is located in the Charlestown Navy Yard, with very easy access to mainland park sites and neighborhoods via a well-developed public transit system. Transit to the islands is via ferries that depart from a variety of piers in downtown Boston.

The mentor will provide detailed orientation materials to make sure the Resource Assistant is comfortable with the transportation, living logistics and the personality and character of Boston’s diverse neighborhoods.

Abilities and Skills:

Ability to capture & provide photographs & image files in high-resolution digital format, identifying information about the photographs & photographer

Familiarity with Adobe InDesign and how to layout and design outreach materials in for local audiences

Education and Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree or pursuing undergraduate degree with course of study in communications, media, design, journalism or photography.
  • Ability to capture & provide photographs & image files in high-resolution digital format, identifying information about the photographs & photographer
  • Familiarity with Adobe InDesign and how to layout and design outreach materials in for local audiences
  • Skill at using websites and social media to engage audiences through mixed media & relevant content
  • Ability to work in partnerships, teams & independently
  • Experience and interest in working effectively with youth and families
  • Experience and/or stated interest in working in parks in an urban setting

Intercultural competence, including the ability to communicate effectively with people who have different worldviews, experiences, perspectives & patterns of communication

Vehicle and Driver License Requirements: No personal transportation or driver’s license necessary

Housing: Housing provided


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