Manzanar National Historic Site - California

Education and Interpretation


Manzanar National Historic Site will host an LHIP Intern to plan, write, design, and develop an exhibit on indigenous people that have used the area and a trail guide for some of the premier garden areas at the site. While the primary focus of the work is people confined at Manzanar and the other War Relocation Centers, we also interpret stories related to all layers of history.  The special exhibit portion of the project will  help the park with its collaboration with local Paiute family members; temporarily (and potential, permanently) add objects to the park’s collection by donation of a willing Paiute family; increase awareness related to the forcible removal of indigenous people; and provide intellectual access to this history. As for developing the tour guide, the product will allow the park to further implementation of its 2015 Garden Management Plan. 

The intern will learn or build skills related to public history through efforts to plan, design, and develop exhibits and written brochures and preserve stories in multiple electronic and printed formats. The site is rich in a layered history beginning with indigenous people, early pioneers, and ending with the incarceration of Japanese Americans. The one square mile site is an area where forced removal and forcible relocation are woven together providing an intern with in-depth experience of these related stories of social injustice. 

Some of their main objectives will include: 

  • Develop a special exhibit to be included in the Visitor Center
  • Development of written garden tour guide


  • The intern should have skills and/or coursework related to history, public history, interpretation, education, exhibit design, or audiovisual skills. 
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be comfortable interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds about complex, controversial, and emotional topics. ​

About Manzanar National Historic Site: 

In 1942 the U.S. Army leased 6,200 acres at Manzanar from Los Angeles to establish a center to hold Japanese Americans during World War II. Though some valley residents opposed the construction of the internment camp, others helped build it and worked here. Among these was a few Owens Valley Paiute whose own families had been exiled earlier from these lands. We are strongly committed to preserving the legacy of individuals that endured incarceration.