San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Tricentennial Media and Community Engagement Intern -  San Antonio, TX

Position Type: LHIP Internship
Primary Field: Education/Interpretation

In 2020, we will commemorate the tricentennial of Mission San Jose, part of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. On February 23, 1720, this Spanish Colonial mission site was founded on the banks of the San Antonio River. Spanish Franciscan Friars aimed to transform the way of life in South Texas through religion, agriculture, trade, language, and more. Cultures blended and transformed within these missions, creating a new and unique Tejano culture. The city grew up around the mission, and the park (which protects four Spanish Colonial mission sites) is now located just south of modern downtown San Antonio.

San Antonio is a major metropolitan area with a population that is over 60 percent Hispanic. Education and interpretation at the park includes creative and innovative approaches to engage our local community.
The Latino Heritage Intern will collaborate with the park’s Community Engagement and Volunteer Coordinator and the Visual Information Specialist to support the #SanJose300 community engagement efforts for Mission San Jose’s tricentennial. This campaign may include working alongside Hispanic Access Foundation Outreach Fellow to support volunteer workdays on-site, and planning for a signature 300th event later in the year. The Latino Heritage Intern will collaborate with the park's Visual Information Specialist to contribute to the #SanJose300 tricentennial campaign on social media. The intern will increase awareness of the San Jose Tricentennial among the general public. By using the #SanJose300 campaign, the intern will creatively match Latino Conservation Week activities with the park’s interpretive themes. The intern will occasionally work alongside park partners like Latino Outdoors, San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio Food Bank, and Mission Heritage Partners during volunteer workdays and/or during event and media planning. This project will help to broaden interaction with these important park partners.

The intern will receive training in interpretation, audience-centered techniques and in social media engagement.

The objective of this internship is to reach new and diverse audiences through the #SanJose300 campaign. The intern will assist the Visual Information Specialist to engage the next generation of park stewards by creating unique, intriguing media. The intern will integrate themes of diversity and Latino heritage with relevant park themes.

Qualifications: 

  • Experience with social media
  • The intern should have strong professional writing skills.
  • The intern should be comfortable with public speaking, and experience with working with the public is preferred.
  • The intern should display a natural curiosity and be motivated to learn the cultural and natural history of the park.
  • Recommended, though not required, coursework include social media management, communication, education, history, American Studies, natural history, parks and recreation management, and geography.

Work Environment:  

  • Intern will work primarily indoors in an air conditioned office.
  • Intern will occasionally be participating in outdoor work projects, but there will always be access to air conditioning, shade, and water.
  • Intern's office area will be shared with at least one other intern, creating a place for collaboration and creativity. Our work team encourages creativity and opportunities for growth.
  • Weather is hot, and intern should expect heat indexes above 100 degrees during the summer.

Driver's License: 

Vehicle and driver's license is not required, but it is recommended. San Antonio is a very vehicle-dependent city.