02 Dec Interpretation and Education Intern
LHIP Interpretation and Education Interns will perform multiple tasks, serving as both a front-line field representative of Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site and integral member of the park’s planning team. LHIP Interpretation and Education interns will provide interpretation for visitors and facilitate enjoyment of the park by encouraging a sense of understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of resources. They will serve both in the park and the local community, at the visitor center, in the historic village, and on trails to provide interpretive services and educational opportunities for visitors.
Interpretation and Education interns will conduct cultural and natural resources research and present both informal and formal programs for visitors of all ages including orientation talks, conducted walks, and demonstrations. For years park educational staff have focused primarily on historical interpretation – we are ready to broaden our engagement to include visitors of differing backgrounds and interests including recreation, natural history, and the surrounding landscape and its resources.
Hopewell Furnace is using existing community connections, as well as new opportunities, to expand its reach and accessibility to the diverse population in the region around the park. The intern will play a role in maintaining and growing these links. If granted a LHIP intern, Hopewell will continue to nurture the connections made and programs executed by the park’s previous LHIP interns. In the summer of 2021, the LHIP intern will also play a role in helping Hopewell Furnace management team sharpen its strategy to connect with educational institutions including area colleges and universities.
The LHIP intern will also incorporate positive change by strengthening community engagement via social media promotion and outreach. The intern will be expected to serve as a member of the park-wide event planning teams, to share ideas, provide feedback, and to offer support on the day of events.