Visitor Services Internship

Internship Title:  Visitor Services Internship

Work Location: Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill State Historic Sites; 414 State Loop 92, La Grange, TX 78945

Supervisor(s): Sites Manager Marsha Hendrix and Assistant Sites Manager Gavin Miculka

Semester: Summer 2021; future semesters TBD

Duration: Approx. 10 weeks; start and end dates are flexible

Hours/week: Up to 28 hours/week; interns should expect to work weekends and/or evenings

Hourly Wage: $12

Application Closing Date: Until filled

How to Apply: Send cover letter and resume to gavin.miculka@thc.texas.gov  

 

INTERNSHIP JOB DESCRIPTION:

The intern will support visitor services and special projects at Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill State Historic Sites at the direction of Sites Management. Kreische Brewery State Historic Site interprets the stories of German immigration to Texas and 19th century Texas industry. The Site’s key points-of-interest include the historic Kreische House and ruins of the Kreische Brewery. Monument Hill State Historic Site interprets the Republic of Texas era through the monument and tomb of soldiers killed during the Dawson and Mier Expeditions. The Sites also include picnic areas, hiking trails, and scenic vistas. The sites are managed by the Texas Historical Commission. This internship is funded by the Sites’ non-profit partner, the Friends of Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill State Historic Sites.

Key internship duties include:

Visitor Services (approx. 75%)

  • Supporting visitors center operations including accepting admissions, providing orientations, and processing retail sales.
  • Providing roving and informal interpretation
  • Providing formal interpretive programs including guided tours, education programs, and public presentations
  • Supporting general interpretive writing initiatives including social media posts, website content, and other visitor resources
  • Contributing to the general maintenance and security of the Sites with light custodial duties, and opening/closing site facilities

Special Project (approx. 25%)

Prior to the start of the internship, Site management and the intern will select a project that (1) meets the student’s interests/field of study and (2) supports current or future endeavors of the Sites and/or Friends Group. Possible projects include but are not limited to:

  • Marketing plan
  • Social media strategy
  • Special event
  • Special exhibit
  • New interpretation or education program
  • Visitor survey and analysis
  • Archival research and writing

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Current college student (undergraduate or graduate) or recent college graduate
  • Background in park management, interpretation, history, education, communications, or related field preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively independently, as a team member, and with the public
  • Proficient computer skills, including word processing and database programs
  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs on a regular basis
  • Upon appointment, intern must successfully pass a background check

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY                                                                                           

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER