Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site

GIS Story Map Exhibit Development Associate -  Cambridge, MA

Position Type: LHIP Internship
Primary Field: Interpretation/Education

This two-component project will develop the successful candidate’s skills in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and web exhibit development. The first component of the project focuses on mapping changes to the historic estate’s property boundary over two centuries in Cambridge. The second component focuses on developing a web-based Story Map that details the Longfellow family’s international travels.

The property boundaries of the estate associated with the Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow House changed dramatically over the course of its occupancy from 1759 to 1950. These changes are well documented by a variety of sources – deed records, estate maps, and the 1993 Cultural Landscape Report (CLR). The CLR includes a series of maps illustrating the boundary changes of the estate, which help staff visualize the scope but are static and largely inaccessible to the public. This project will draw on these sources and use GIS tools to create a dynamic, interactive map showing the property boundaries over time on modern and historic map layers. This map will be published on the park website to help visitors understand the evolution of the property use and neighborhood, from a colonial farm estate to a Victorian “country” house to a public park in an urban setting, as it is today.

The archives and museum collections at Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site reflect the Longfellow family’s international travels. The GIS Story Map Exhibit Development Associate will work closely with site staff to research and create an interactive Story Map featuring travel accounts drawn from the site’s manuscript collections, objects from the museum collection, and interpretive text that sets them in context.

During the course of the internship, the GIS Story Map Exhibit Development Associate will also contribute project updates and behind-the-scenes peeks to the park’s social media. At the conclusion of the project, the intern will present their work and product to park staff and staff from the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation.


  • Currently enrolled in an accredited academic program or recently graduated with an undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Experience with GIS mapping software (eg. ArcGIS)
  • Interest or experience with American history or literature
  • Ability to communicate and write effectively
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Experience with working or a willingness to work in a multicultural environment where diversity and inclusion are institutional values

Work Environment:

  • The offices of Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters NHS are located in the two-story ell of a historic house.
  • The spaces are air-conditioned.
  • The GIS Story Map Exhibit Development Associate will be provided desk space and a computer in the office, working alongside interpretation and cultural resources staff.
  • The park regularly hosts education/interpretation interns.
  • Curatorial, maintenance, and management staff work a Monday to Friday schedule; interpretation staff work a Wednesday to Sunday schedule.


Driver’s License: 

A personal vehicle and driver's license are not required. The GIS Story Map Exhibit Development Associate is not expected to operate a government vehicle. The park is served by the MBTA subway at Harvard Square and several bus lines.