Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

703-324-8702
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Kirk Kincannon,
Executive Director

Internships with Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Title: Interpretation / Education Intern - Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Description: Intern will assist with public programs to include camps. Intern will gain well-rounded experience including; researching local history, developing tour programs, creating program plans and instructor manuals, producing educational materials, and writing for web posting and print pieces. The intern will gain experience working with diverse groups and interpretive offerings. Initially the intern will assist with summer camps and then progress to leading and planning segments of camps under the direction of the camp director. The intern will also assist with general public programs, visiting camp programs, and field studies in natural and cultural history and resource management based on interest and assignment.

Requirements: The successful candidate will develop; interpretive programs, lesson plans, teaching aids, create and maintain interpretive exhibits, and preform administrative duties and special projects as assigned. Applicants must be a rising junior or higher in college with an interest in: museum studies, American studies, material culture, history, elementary or secondary education, environmental science, interpretation, or closely related field. This position requires 30 - 40 hours per week during the summer, June – August.

Contact: Ellanor C. Lawrence Park’s Senior Interpreter or Operations and Visitor Services Manager

Title: Historic Resource Specialist Intern - Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Description: Ellanor C. Lawrence Park contains multiple home and light industry sites and buildings dating from the mid 1700’s. Intern will assist in assessment and treatment of a number of cultural resource management and interpretive projects within ECLP and/or other parks within the Sully District. The internship will involve researching and documenting various aspects of the site's history and local history as it relates to the projects. The intern will also assist in researching and developing historical interpretive programs for the public, cataloging archival documents, and developing exhibits. Visits to other FCPA historic sites and meetings with collections management staff will enhance the experience. Internship responsibilities include developing a project proposal, conducting project activities, resource management and maintenance, and presenting a written and oral project report.

Requirements: Applicants must be a sophomore or higher in a college curriculum of museum studies, archaeology, cultural resource management, architecture, history, education, or related fields of study. We are seeking an intern with the ability to work independently with a “will succeed” attitude. This position requires a minimum of 20 hours a week for a period of 10 weeks or equivalent based on the needs of the intern and the agreed on project requirements.

Contact: Ellanor C. Lawrence Park’s Historian I or Park Manager

Title: Marketing and Outreach Intern - Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Description: As part of a need to generate additional revenue and forge connections with the community. This intern will meet with; local home owner groups, faith based organizations, libraries, schools, and other non-governmental organizations and user groups to explore partnering opportunities that connect the park’s resources to residents in the surrounding community and region. Over the course of the internship the successful candidate will also produce a site orientation map and self-guide brochure to enhance visitor awareness of and interaction with the site’s cultural resources.

Requirements: Applicants must be a junior in undergraduate or higher in their college studies and enrolled in: communications, business, marketing, event management, or advertising with an interest in the outdoors and parks. We are seeking an intern with the ability to work independently and with a “will succeed” attitude. Strong written and oral communication skills required. You must be able to work without close supervision. Strong computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office are required. This position requires a minimum of 30 hours a week for a period of 12 weeks or equivalent based on the needs of the intern and the agreed on project requirements.

Contact: Ellanor C. Lawrence Park’s Operations and Visitor Services Manager

Title: Natural Resource Specialist Intern - Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Description: Ellanor C. Lawrence Park covers 650 acres and contains managed forests of direct Intern would be assigned tasks related to assessment and evaluation of natural resources used by program staff for interpretive programs to help to determine ways to manage impact on these areas. Working with the park’s site manager and natural resource manager, the intern would aid in helping to find solutions to direct the management and use of natural resources used for interpretation and public events. Internship responsibilities include developing a project proposal, conducting project activities, resource management and maintenance, and presenting a written and oral project report.

Requirements: Applicants must be a sophomore or higher in a college curriculum of environmental science, natural resource management, biology, forestry, parks & recreation management, or closely related field of study. We are seeking an intern with the ability to work independently with a “will succeed” attitude. This position requires a minimum of 20 hours a week for a period of 12 weeks or equivalent based on the needs of the intern and the agreed on project requirements.

Contact: Ellanor C. Lawrence Park’s Site Manager or Natural Resource Manager