Meadow Farm Intern/Historical Interpreter (Intern II)
County of Henrico Department of Recreation and Parks - Henrico, VA

This job posting is no longer available on Henrico County, Virginia.

Closing Date: This position closes on Monday, October 21, 2013.

This is for a college level (senior) student for Meadow Farm. This internship is for academic credit.

Henrico County offers a variety of challenging hands-on internships performing a variety of responsible tasks relevant to the assigned department. Internships may be available many departments. For more information on the operations and functions of each department click here: www.co.henrico.va.us/departments.html .

Essential Duties

Meadow Farm Intern/Historical Interpreter - This is an internship for academic credit for college students

Desired Area of study:
History or Education
Desired GPA: 3.0
Desired Student: Senior

Work Hours : Between 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Tuesday - Sunday, flexible.
Work Location: Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060

This is an internship position for college students who will work with the Division of Recreation and Parks at the Meadow Farm Museum to interpret, prepare and implement 19th century-focused public programs and events.

The Intern will learn and interpret the general history of the mid 19th century rural live with emphasis on the Sheppard family; give guided tours of Meadow Farm's historic 19th century farmhouse; maintain 19th century costumed appearance; prepare and implement public programs and events at Meadow Farm Museum; supervise various youth related volunteer programs; maintain communicaiton with Meadow Farm staff.

The intern should enjoy:
  • Working with children and the public for programs
  • Should be comfortable with public speaking to give tours
  • Should have an interest in history, particularly Virginia history, agriculture, or mid 19th century
  • Also comfortable working in inclement weather around farm animals and in costume

    Note: Interns may wear reproduction historical clothing that will be provided. Interns may need to provide their own boots. Work boots are recommended for some tasks but not required. However, closed toed shoes are required for outdoor farm work.

    Strong foundational knowledge in a field relevant to internship; excellent interpersonal skills, excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse audience of County employees and citizens integral to the internship; excellent organization and research skills with the ability to collect and organize facts/tasks effectively; excellent attention to details; excellent knowledge of and familiarity with computer systems with demonstrated proficiency in the use of a personal computer and common software products (e.g. Word, Excel, Power Point); ability to multitask and manage priorities; ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as a part of a team; and ability to meet assigned deadlines.
Internships are intended to complement the student's academic program so the intern must bring foundational knowledge as well as a strong interest in the assigned department's mission and operations, and be prepared to work in a fast-paced environment. The intern will receive training relevant to the assigned responsibilities, clear direction regarding expectations and feedback concerning their performance. Interns will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of the operations of the assigned department as well as broad basic skills and industry knowledge. Internships may include extensive public contact. Internships may be an integral part of a team or may require the intern to work more independently. The intern will also learn how to work in a professional environment and have opportunities to network with department leaders and other professionals in the internship field.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Pursuing a college degree in a field relevant to internship or post-secondary vocational/technical training in a trade or craft that is relevant to the internship; GPA of 3.0 or better; prefer a college student in the senior year of the relevant degree program;

Experience: Completion of courses in relevant degree or vocational/technical program; relevant job or volunteer experience;

Or: Any equivalent combination education and experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities relevant to the internship.

Additional Information

The application process requires you to include:
  • Resume
  • A letter indicating why you are interested in this internship position and to indicate at least three learning goals related to the internship
  • You will also need to include an unofficial school transcript, with GPA
  • Provide two references
Internships may be paid or unpaid. If the internship is paid, an hourly rate will be indicated in the listing. Each internship posting will indicate if the position is for-credit or for-pay. Each posting will also indicate if it is open to high school, college-level or graduate-level students. All paid internship positions will work for 29 hours or less per week.

Check current listings online at: http://www.henricojobs.com/ . Read each current listing carefully for details specific to each internship.

A criminal history record check and fingerprinting is conducted on all persons conditionally offered employment (including as an intern), including a conditional offer of initial employment, or a conditional offer to promote, demote, or laterally transfer an employee.

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