For two summers during college, I had the opportunity to work at Boston National Historical Park (BNHP) as a park guide. At BNHP, I worked at a variety of different sites, including Bunker Hill Monument, Bunker Hill Museum, the Charlestown Navy Yard, and the USS Cassin Young. As a park guide, I was responsible for helping visitors, providing informal interpretation of the park's resources, and giving formal tours of Bunker Hill Monument, the USS Cassin Young, and the Navy Yard. These formal tours were given to groups of all different shapes and sizes, from small families on vacation to large tour groups and school groups. Each park guide was responsible for researching, writing, and presenting their own talks and tours, giving me the opportunity to present the material in what I felt was the most effective way. This internship was an incredible experience and gave me the confidence and excitement to enter the classroom as a teacher.
At the Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center.
This site preserves one of the oldest navy yards in the country and tells the story of the millions of workers who made the war effort possible from 1800 to 1970.
In front of the USS Cassin Young, a World War II destroyer.
This ship was built in 1943 and served in both World War II and the Korean War. As a park guide, I would conduct informal tours of the main deck of the ship, as well as formal tours that went below deck and explored what life was like as a sailor during the war.
At the Battle of Bunker Hill Monument.
This site preserves the legacy of the Battle of Bunker Hill from the Revolutionary War. At this site, I provided formal tours that walked visitors through the battle.
For more information about my internship experience, please see my letter of recommendation from my supervisor Ethan Beeler.