Youth Engagement Digital Communications Specialist
Through digital story sharing, the intern will provide opportunities for Latino youth in Boston to share their personal and cultural connections with park themes, thereby raising the visibility of parks as places for personal reflection and social renewal. The LHIP intern will engage youth in explorations and conversations about Boston’s national parks and document their journeys through recorded StoryCorps interviews, photography, video and written word. This project enables the National Parks of Boston (NPB) and partners to prototype new avenues for engaging underserved audiences. Collecting and sharing the stories of participating youth celebrates their history, honors their heritage, captures the spirit of community and sheds light on what makes park stories relevant and resonant to today’s teens.
The intern will work within the Visitor Engagement, Education, and the Arts Directorate, collaborating with NPS professionals and partners to plan, execute and produce interviews and documentary footage associated with the park experiences and personal stories of Latino youth participating in a five-week summer leadership program. Stories and associated footage will be shared via social media and integrated into the archives of the Northeast Museum Services, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin.
- Undergraduate or graduate degree pertaining to media, social media, journalism or photography.
- Ability to capture & provide photographs & image files in high-resolution digital format, incl. RAW files & metadata with identifying information about the photographs & photographer
- Familiarity with or desire to learn how to conduct & record interviews
- Skill at using social media to engage audiences through mixed media & culturally appropriate content
- Ability to work in partnerships, teams & independently
- Experience working effectively with teens
- Ability to communicate fluently in Spanish and English, orally and in writing
- Versatility, experience, desire, and capability to digitally capture personal stories of Latino teens & share via social media
- Demonstrated experience and/or stated interest in working in parks in an urban setting.
- Intercultural competence, including the ability to communicate effectively with people who have different worldviews, experiences, perspectives & patterns of communication.
About the work environment:
- The intern is expected to work in the field with experienced NPS educators, supporting the place-based park and community explorations with a corps of high school students participating in a summer-long program (Ignite Historias Boston).
- Duties will take place on the field (3 days/week) and in the office in downtown Boston (2 days/week).
- Fieldwork involves travel by subway and bus to Boston neighborhoods and park sites on the mainland, and travel by boat to the harbor islands with programs taking place in historic settings (19th century fort); various ecosystems including salt marshes, meadows and tide pools; and under varied climate conditions including high heat, direct sun exposure, heavy winds, rain, etc.
- Demonstrated stamina for working in mild to extreme field conditions is required.
About the National Parks of Boston:
The National Parks of Boston is located in Boston, MA, the capital and largest city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The city, which encompasses 21 diverse neighborhoods, is home to more than 600,000 residents. Boston has a large and thriving Latino population (17% of the city's population). Latinos live in every neighborhood in the city with the highest populations living in the neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, East Boston, Allston/Brighton and Hyde Park.
Today, 40% of students attending Boston Public Schools are Hispanic; the city is in constant need of multilingual teachers and Spanish-speaking teachers are highly sought in order to facilitate quality learning experiences and academic support for the city's many Hispanic (generally Latino) youth and families. Boston offers a variety of amenities, including schools, restaurants and theaters, museums, exceptional medical facilities, vibrant neighborhood business districts, apartment rentals, and a solid network of parks, community centers, and libraries.
Summer temperatures range from the 70s to the mid-90s, with high humidity. Rain in the summer is sporadic and largely in the form of showers and thunderstorms. The office is in downtown Boston, with very easy access to mainland park sites and neighborhoods via a well-developed public transit system. Transit to the islands is via ferries that depart from a variety of piers in downtown Boston.