The National Park Service has given me the opportunity to do one of the things that I love the most; talk to people (and or course take copious historical notes for further research). The National Park Service has had a lot of partnerships with the Student Conservation Association and this is one of them. The Student Conservation Association’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of our environment and communities. The SCA helps to give young people a chance to get some real world experience in conservation and restoration.
I am the new oral history intern at Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. Probably the best thing about working at a new national park is that there is so much for an intern to do at any given moment. The work is real, and the experiences are real. I have heard of some friends at other internships who would complete their work early and be left re-organizing their files for the rest of the day. Here the work is always important, and I am always kept in the loop. I cannot even begin to describe the difference between working here as opposed to somewhere else.
My job has been interesting thusfar. I have received a contact list of potential people to interview for Oral Histories, and a ton of research. The research has been quite interesting so far, and I am currently starting to investigate other sources such as newspapers and other primary sources.