January 23, 2017
Dear College Instructor and or Academic Adviser;
The National Park Service at Mount Rushmore National Memorial offers academic internships in the Interpretive Branch to qualifying students in the fields of interpretation, communication, history, parks and recreation management, natural history, and related studies.
Our interpretive internships allow students to fulfill a number of academic requirements while experiencing first-hand the interpretive operation of a major national park unit. This year is the 4th year of the Mount Rushmore History Association scholarship. We are offering 6 scholarship positions. Each position, will receive a $2,000 payment on or about week 6 of the Internship and another $2,000 at the end of a completed 13-16 week internship. This year’s internship season begins on 5/14/17.
Interns work alongside Mount Rushmore staff in conducting guided walks, interpretive talks, roving patrols, and providing visitor services at information desks. After intensive orientation to the site and training in the role and practice of interpretation, interns develop their abilities in public speaking and visitor services through supervisory coaching and teaching provided by one of our three certified interpretive coaches.
Previous student interns have benefited from such hands-on experience when seeking employment with the National Park Service, related agencies or organizations. Please view our video found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIyoCVjRDuA for more information The enclosed description of the internship program may be copied for interested applicants or posted on your department bulletin boards, as needed.
The website source for information on Mount Rushmore National Memorial is Blaine_Kortemeyer.
Assistant Chief of Interpretation and Education
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
13000 Hwy. 244, Bldg. 31 Suite 1
Keystone, SD 57751
office (605) 574 3170
Cell (605) 391 5986