Topic ID #39168 - posted 2/6/2018 8:37 AM

ACE NPS AK/DC: Klondike Goldrush CRDIP Research Historian Internship


Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service is seeking ONE CRDIP Research Historian Intern interested in dedicating 74 weeks in support of National Park Service at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in DC and Skagway, AK. 

This is an opportunity to conduct special historical study on Company L (Buffalo Soldiers), an African-American military unit stationed in Skagway, Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush.  Research will occur at research institutions in the Washington, D.C. area followed by significant time stationed at Klondike Gold Rush (KLGO) National Historical Park in Skagway, AK.


Phase 1:  

Start: April 8, 2018

End: December 29, 2018 

Duration: 38 weeks*

Locations: 20 weeks in Washington, D.C. plus 18 weeks in Skagway, AK.


Phase 2:

Start: Dec 30, 2018

End: Sept. 7, 2019

Duration: 36 weeks

Location: Skagway, AK


The Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (CRDIP) is a special professional development internship offering that supports undergraduate and graduate students, from underrepresented populations, who wish to gain exposure to and experience in the historic preservation/cultural resources fields of work. Applicants must be 18-35 and either A) in pursuit of a higher education degree or B) still be within two years of graduation from a degree program.  

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Project Website: For more information regarding the KLGO National Historical Park, or the National Park Service, please visit: For more information on ACE, please visit:


Compensation: The ACE CRDIP Intern will receive a $480/week living stipend during their 20 weeks in D.C.  While in Skagway, AK the individual will receive $275/week living stipend (50 weeks). 

Travel costs to/from Skagway and a summer research opportunity in Ohio are covered by ACE/NPS, and a metro SmarTrip card allocation ($200/month) is offered for the time spent in DC. 


Housing: Housing is not provided for the 5-month period in Washington, D.C. Locals are encouraged to apply, but reasonable housing costs in the area will be covered by ACE. Housing in Skagway, AK will be provided to the intern at no cost for both phases of the internship. 


Project Background: Company L of the 24th United States Infantry was a segregated African American Army unit. They were dispatched to Alaska to restore order in the new boom-town of Skagway which, without adequate federal authority, developed an international reputation for anarchy, chaos, murder, and vice. Company L included African American men from all over the nation and some of the older non-commissioned officers were born into slavery in states of the Confederacy during the Civil War. While the soldiers of Company L established order and law in the wild Alaskan frontier, they encountered racism and discrimination from the community they served.

The park owns and maintains several buildings associated with the soldiers. These include the original barracks building and the first YMCA building in Alaska which, despite documented complaints from many white Skagway citizens, allowed the men of Company L to join.


Project Goals: The special history study will bolster information about a little-known chapter in Skagway history. Research will most immediately support interpretive programs about the African American experience in Skagway, offered daily during the summer. The information will also contribute to baseline documentation for the park, available to staff and researchers in the park library.


Position Description: Overseen by the historian at KLGO National Historical Park, the ACE Intern will perform the following duties:

  • Locate, describe, and duplicate documents relating to Company "L." Research will occur at the National Archives, Library of Congress, Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, and other research institutions in the Washington, D.C. area. 
  • Travel to KLGO National Historical Park in Skagway, AK to complete a special history study that synthesizes the research material into a comprehensive narrative about the Company L soldiers during the Klondike Gold Rush.
  • Produce a collection of primary source documents about the African American experience in Southeast Alaska with an emphasis on Company L soldiers.
  • Navigate the park's database which will serve as a finding aid for this documentation and will include search terms, holding institution, and information about use rights.


Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate their skills and experience through their resume and application and be in pursuit of obtaining or within two years of having obtained a Bachelor/Master/PhD degree in history, anthropology, cultural resource management, archaeology, public history, or other relevant field. 


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Must be 18 to 35 years of age and are in pursuit of a higher education degree or within two years of graduation.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS.
  • Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences; 
  • Ability to self-direct alone and effectively participate in a group or small team environments.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation.
  • Deep interest in American history, research, and a respect for nature is critical. 
  • English proficiency is necessary.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.'


  • Knowledge and skills in the principles of primary-source historical research.
  • Computer skills/navigating large databases.
  • Excellent writing, research, and organizational skills.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Experience living in (or willingness and enthusiasm to live in!) a remote and at times isolated part of Alaska.

The CRDIP Intern must be willing and able to represent ACE and the NPS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing. 

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with contact information for 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right-hand corner of the position listing on our website here:

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This posting may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC NPS Recruitment Specialist Zo Moskwa at


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