Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites

Community Engagement Intern -  Salem, MA

Position Type: LHIP Direct Hire Authority Resource Assistance (DHA-RA)
Primary Field: Interpretation/Education

Salem Maritime National Historic Site seeks an intern to develop and expand outreach to a neighboring Latino community, El Punto, by identifying possible ways to expand participation in our or their public events and programs. The Latino Heritage Intern will serve as a liaison between the National Park Service and the local Latino community to co-develop and increase Latino participation in the site's Preschoolers in the Park programs, regular site programming, and special events. This will help Salem Maritime reach an end goal (a 2013 visitor study indicated 6% of visitors to Salem Maritime were Latino) in creating a more inclusive atmosphere in the park for all of our neighbors while identifying specific recommendations for overall improvement for inclusion at Salem Maritime.

The main deliverable for the Intern will be to organize and facilitate several “brown bag lunch” participatory discussions and presentations. The Intern will invite their self-identified community contacts from El Punto to meet the park’s operations and management team. This roundtable event will promote Latino Heritage to National Park Service staff members and identify what Salem Maritime can offer to the El Punto Neighborhood. The Intern will facilitate a participatory discussion on ways to better provide access to Salem Maritime for El Punto’s community members.

Throughout the summer, the Intern will work to promote Salem Maritime programs to the El Punto community through their community events, organizations, and public agencies. While being an active listener to both the Salem Maritime and El Punto neighborhood, the Intern will collaborate with community leaders who are interested in the park’s programs. At the end of the internship, the Intern will be able to provide a report for the park on best practices for inclusive engagement for Latino communities, within the El Punto neighborhood.


The Intern should ideally be working toward a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in community engagement or a related field, and have course work, experience, or interest in public history, education, or interpretation. The intern should be bilingual (English and Spanish), have strong oral and written communication skills, enjoy or have an interest in working with the public in outdoor and museum settings. The intern should be able to work independently 75% of the time and be someone who has the experience and/or interest in building bridges across cross-cultural communities.

Work Environment:

The work will take place mostly within an office setting and at community organizations mostly within walking distance. In the summer, our park typically hires 10-14 seasonal park rangers, 30 youth program employees, and a few interns.

Driver's License:

A valid driver’s license is recommended in order to use the government car for any potential travel.