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Posted: 03/13/2017

Employer
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Houston Office


Position
Latino Heritage Summit Planning Internship
Type
Internship Opportunity
Location
Houston, TX
Details
 

PROJECT SUMMARY

Intern will assist with developing and planning a history summit special event and educational program regarding the bracero guest-worker program and Rio Vista Farm historic site.

Throughout its 101 yearsfrom beginnings as a poor farm to sheltering of children during the Great Depression and point of entry for the Bracero ProgramRio Vista Farm has shaped the region and helped establish a foundation for modern Mexican-American communities. Rio Vista Farms history reveals a nationally significant, yet overlooked, side of the American experienceand remains a testament to the stories and contributions of the many skilled Mexican guest-workers brought in to the U.S. to aid with farm labor shortages across America during and after World War II. Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is working to save this National Treasure through landmark designation and adaptive use.

National Trust internships are temporary, volunteer experiential learning opportunities with no expectation of employment at the conclusion of the internship. For this internship, the National Trust may be able offer a stipend to help offset expenses. Dates of the summer internship program are June 5 July 28, but may be flexible for this project.

The intern may work in the Houston Field Office or on site at the University of Texas in El Paso near the Bracero Program archives and the planned site of the summit.

DUTIES

  •  Assist in organizing the conference sessions, speakers, and special events for a summit on the history of the bracero guest-worker program, scheduled for September 2017
  •  Help develop the conference program by corresponding with historians, museums, as well as preparing and organizing materials leading up to the event
  •  Assist in building local and regional partnerships in support of the summit
  •  Work to help promote the educational summit

EDUCATIONAL VALUE TO THE INTERN

The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of respected preservation professionals, in an educational setting at one of the nations leading arts & cultural and non-profit advocacy organizations. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in educational programming offered via the National Trust for Historic Preservations Washington Office internship program. Students may also be eligible for college or graduate school academic credit at the discretion of their institution.

Specifically, the intern will gain knowledge in the following areas:

  •  developing and planning educational programming for a national organization
  •  working with leading Latina/o historians and experts to develop summit content

At the end of the project the intern will have helped to produce a nationally important educational conference, which can be added to their professional resume in support of their future career pursuits.

QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Experience in meeting or event planning preferred, especially in an academic setting.
  • Interest in public and Latino history.
  • Ability to collaborate with historians, speakers, and the public.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Friendly and professional demeanor on the phone and in writing.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) with ability to read and speak Spanish preferred.
  • Basic analytical and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to collaborate and achieve results with supervision, including ability to interact professionally with key internal and external stakeholders as needed.
  • Strong organizational skills required, with ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently, and meet deadlines in a timely fashion
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment
  • Ability to work effectively with culturally diverse colleagues; connections to or experience helping to engage culturally diverse audiences and partners, especially Latino communities, a plus.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products required, including Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Bachelors level studies (or equivalent years of experience) required; current or rising juniors, seniors or graduate students preferred. Studies or demonstrated interest in related subject matter preferred, including historic preservation, history, Latino studies, archives, museums, humanities, or other related fields.
OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Please email cover letter and resume to 518965-CS-1121@nthp.hrmdirect.com.
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