National Mall & Memorial Parks

Volunteer Outreach & Recruitment Intern  -  Washington, DC

The Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) program is one of the most important partners of the National Park Service and of National Mall and Memorial Parks. In order to better serve our numerous visitors, as well as our community, we want to reach diverse audiences that have not traditionally been participants in visiting and working at our NPS locations.

The NAMA volunteer program currently has over 211 individual volunteers and almost 300 group organizations partnering to help support visitor services. While we certainly have multi-lingual and diverse volunteers, our goal is to grow our volunteer program by targeting underserved and diverse audiences. Diverse faces, and a diversity of languages—especially Spanish speakers—will help us better serve visitors to the National Mall:

  1. NAMA wants all local community members to feel welcomed at the National Mall. The LHIP intern would assist with the promotion and organization of the Arts in the Parks Summer program by researching and inviting one or two musical or other artists from nearby Latino communities to perform on the Mall as part of the free Arts in the Parks program.
  2. The LHIP intern will work with the Partnerships Division to attend other community events where volunteers might be recruited such as career fairs and expos, community and agency-sponsored events, Columbia Heights and other Farmer’s Markets, and other special events (Arts in the Parks, etc.)
  3. The LHIP intern would be expected to research community organizations, such as Hispanic Access Foundation, Latin American Youth Center, and affinity groups such as DC Latino professional organizations, to help determine how NAMA might partner with these organizations to share our mission and recruit volunteers.
  4. The LHIP intern will participate in the NAMA volunteer training and be introduced to park protocols and general information. The intern might be asked to deal with minor visitor issues and answer general common questions if the intern is comfortable with this assignment.
  5. The LHIP intern will understand the value of having diverse backgrounds represented in the National Park Service if we want to continue to weave diverse, and often excluded, histories into our national narrative.

Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate is a DC metro area resident, undergraduate or graduate student from a local university.
  • We prefer fluency or at least some knowledge of the Spanish language. 
  • All work will be done in English with some references to Spanish words in promotional pieces. No professional translating experience required.
  • The LHIP intern should be comfortable speaking and interacting with strangers and using a camera to capture event photos.
  • Ability to create simple documents or promotional pieces is preferred.

Housing:

Housing for the summer can be provided in George Washington University (Available between May 26th to August 3rd). Selected interns can also find their own housing and receive a stipend contingent upon budget limits.

About the National Mall & Memorial Parks:

The National Mall is the US' front yard, featuring a vast array of monuments and memorials, 156 reservations, circles, fountains and more.

Officially established in 1965, National Mall and Memorial Parks contain some of the oldest protected park lands in the National Park Service. This historic expanse is the linear area between the Potomac River and Capitol Reflecting Pool. In addition to the memorial core, the park includes Ford's Theatre, The House where Lincoln died, Potomac Park, Hains Point, and Pennsylvania Avenue.