Interpretation and Public History Intern

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
December 4, 2020
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The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail (Anza Trail) is located along 1,210 miles of deserts, rivers, oak woodlands, shorelines, grasslands, and chaparral. It's as urban as Tucson, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and as rural and wild as Sonoran Desert National Monument and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Whether entwined with a city or isolated from civilization, this trail offers adventure, excitement, and an opportunity to experience history in the places where it occurred.

2025/2026 marks the 250th Anniversary of the Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition. While this date appears distant, we are building momentum to bring awareness to the impact this expedition had on the histories of the United States, Mexico, and Indigenous Nations. Initiatives in our Strategic Plan include centering indigenous voices in our interpretation and storytelling, continuing to increase our engagement with communities of color, focusing on multiple narratives of the expedition’s history, and forging closer relationships with our partners in the Bay Area. 

The LHIP intern will be directly engaged in these initiatives by helping to organize and implement a public history research project that incorporates visual storytelling, design, history, and modern uses of the Anza Trail in the Bay Area. With help from Anza Trail staff, the intern will seek out past and present stories along the trail in the Bay Area to highlight and share through creative and interpretive writing, photography, and other design related methods. The intern will work with the Anza Trail staff to enhance the digital presence of the Anza Trail and interpret the complex history of the Anza Expedition to digital visitors (social media, website, story maps, oral history apps, among other formats) through this exciting project. The intern will help us reach our goal of connecting with more diverse audiences by creating bilingual and bicultural content, sharing research in creative ways through digital resources, and bringing awareness to Anza Trail history, recreation, and cultural activities through media-based interpretive methods.

The LHIP intern will also assist in outreach efforts and public events over the summer with specific emphasis on youth engagement (with consideration to impacts that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may have on in-person gatherings and events). Additional duties will include assisting with the Anza Trail’s online Junior Ranger program, helping create interpretive activities and learning about NPS interpretive methods, identifying communities where targeted pop-up programs could be effective, and assisting the team in administrative operations. Furthermore, the LHIP intern will help the team create bilingual and bicultural social media content.

Please note that it is preferred that the successful candidate is from the local area as there is no park housing and the housing costs in the Bay Area are extremely high. Additionally, local undergrad and graduate students are highly encouraged to apply (including but not limited to UC Berkeley, SF State, CSU East Bay, etc). If necessary, the Anza Trail is prepared to offer additional housing assistance in addition to the LHIP stipend to support housing costs. A driver’s license is required for this position. Due to the nature of the position, it is preferred that the successful candidate have a personal vehicle (or regular and reliable access to a vehicle). 

This position is offered through the National Park Service's Latino Heritage Internship Program in partnership with Environment for the Americas.

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