Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Apply by October 28 for Paid Internship with the National Park Service!

The National Park Service (NPS) Office of Partnerships and Philanthropic Stewardship (Partnership Office) is searching for an undergraduate or graduate student who is interested in an opportunity to participate in partnership and philanthropy policy research, re-visioning, and outreach while gaining hands on learning and leadership experience.        

The mission of the National Park Service is "… to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations" (National Park Service Organic Act, 1916).

The NPS strives to fulfill its mission and encourage greater citizen engagement in national park programs and activities by collaborating with educational institutions, organizations, businesses, and federal, state, tribal and local agencies.   The Partnership Office helps the NPS and its partners create, enhance, and recognize their collaborative work through training, communication, and policy leadership.  
Responsibilities Include: 
Interns will have the opportunity to learn about and put into practice Department of the Interior and NPS policy related to establishing and managing philanthropic partnerships, accepting donations, and recognizing donors.  Interns will work with employees in the Partnership Office on a variety of short and long-term projects related to the following:
  • Conduct research and provide assistance in developing and/or communicating updated programmatic procedures that align with NPS Partnerships and Philanthropy policy.  Policy topics may pertain to the acceptance of philanthropic donations, developing philanthropic partnership agreements, donor recognition, NPS brand management, cause-related marketing, intellectual property, and developing strategic partnerships.

  • Assist with researching and writing content for policy memos, documents, and Agreements between the NPS and Partners. 

  • Provide support in developing annual reports describing philanthropic contributions to the NPS.  Duties may include gathering and uploading data related to partner contributions into an online database and developing reports that describe annual trends in giving. 

  • Vet potential donations, according to NPS partnerships and philanthropy policy guidance, using research gathered from online databases and search engines. 

  • Provide research and writing assistance in the continued development of a Reference Manual on Partnerships and Philanthropy.  The manual provides guidance to employees and partners as they put NPS partnership policies into practice.  Topics cover how to carry out work related to establishing and managing partner relationships and planning for, accepting, and receiving philanthropic donations. 
  • Create presentations and/or employee tools and templates describing policy procedures.    

This internship is designed for current University of Maryland undergraduate or graduate students who have a strong interest in, or are seeking a degree in, government and politics, public policy, policy research and development, public-private partnerships, or related areas. The NPS typically extends internships over the summer and often longer, so applicants who will graduate in or after August, 2019 are preferred. Indicate your expected graduation date on your cover letter.
This position requires:
  • Knowledge or experience in partnership and philanthropic policy.
  • Strong communication skills; oral and written.
  • Skills in policy research, analysis, and formulation.
  • Ability to express findings in well researched documents, white papers, and briefings.
  • Experience using online databases to conduct research
Candidates should possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills; have strong attention to detail, and an ability to prioritize and complete multiple assignments.
Work Location
The Partnership Office is located in the NPS Washington Support Office at 1849 C Street NW, Washington DC 20240.  The closest metro station is Farragut North.  Foggy Bottom is also nearby.  Bus transportation is conveniently located in close proximity to the office.

Work Schedules and Pay
This part time (16-24 hours per week) internship will begin early in the New Year, with the possibility of extension into the summer (during summer months additional work hours can be added if desired).  Interns will be paid $14.00 per hour. 

Application Procedures
To apply, please submit an electronic cover letter, resume, and professional and/or educational references, and a one-page writing sample to Kathryn Hopps, Program Director for Experiential Learning, at khopps@umd.edu. Apply by October 28.

For additional information about this position, please phone or email Jackie Dostourian, NPS Washington Partnership Office, at 202-513-7108 or Jackie_Dostourian@nps.gov.