Research Intern Opportunity

About History Cambridge

History Cambridge engages with our city to explore how the past influences the present in order to shape a better future. Just as every person in Cambridge has knowledge about its history, every person in Cambridge is a steward of Cambridge history. We inspire people to be caretakers of the city and its history.

About the Project 

In 2023, HC will be spending the year interacting with Cambridgeport. An integral part of the neighborhood is Fort Washington Park at 95 Waverly Street. Built under the direction of George Washington in November 1775, it is the oldest surviving fortification from the American Revolutionary War and the only surviving fortification from the Siege of Boston. In 1857, the City of Cambridge created the park, and it was rededicated in 2009. 

At present, the park is an under-used and under-appreciated public space. We aim to convene community conversations about how it might better serve the neighborhood while retaining its sense of history. We hope to facilitate a conversation between the neighborhood and the City to transform it into a more vibrant resource. 

Project Timeline 

We anticipate the following public outcomes: 

  • Event #1 (April): “A History of Ft. Washington.” Public program with background on the history of the place, including how it became a park. In person or on Zoom.
  • Event #2 (May): Public charrette at the park to meet with neighbors, collaborators, and invested parties to learn more about use, desired uses, and brainstorm solutions to problems. 
  • Event #3 (June): Public program outlining findings. In person or on Zoom. 

Intern Duties 

  • Compile primary and secondary research on the park to add to a “History Hub” on our website, creating a landing page for all things Fort Washington 
  • Meet and collaborate with community partners 
  • Coordinate the public events 
  • Write at least two blog posts on our website about the project and their experience

Hours + Compensation 

  • The intern is expected to work 10 hours a week February-June 2023
  • Pay rate is $16/hr 
  • Virtual meetings with staff and colleagues at other institutions take place primarily between the hours of 9AM-5PM Eastern Time, Mon-Fri. Events will likely take place in the evening and/or on a Saturday. 

The intern will report to the executive director in collaboration with the program manager. 

Qualifications 

  • Must have demonstrated education or knowledge of history and/or urban planning
  • Exceptional research and writing skills acquired through graduate-level coursework
  • An appreciation of the history of Cambridge, Massachusetts and the field of public history 
  • Experience working in a team setting as well as independently; ability to meet deadlines; detail-oriented; strong organizational and communication skills required
  • Ability to attend virtual meetings with History Cambridge staff and other organizations in Cambridge remotely 

Meetings and events may take place onsite or virtually. 

We welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds and experiences. Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply. This internship was made possible through a grant from the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati. 

To Apply 

Please fill out this Google form https://forms.gle/PDbEQWGi9WzqSoSr8 by January 27, 2023.