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Internships at Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites
Interpretation Curriculum
15-Week Curriculum
A condensed, 10-week curriculum is also available


Week 1

  • Orientation

    1. Meet personnel, orient to office, tour site and facilities, learn Park history
    2. Review D.N.R. policies: mission, review Red Book/operating procedures chain of command/organizational charts, computer & phone use, appearance standards, customer service, ethics policy and housing
    3. Review pay periods, work schedules, time sheets, meal policy (if applicable)
    4. Review radio procedures & emergency procedures: lost person questionnaire, accident & incident
    5. Discuss and demonstrate the use of office equipment including computers, telephones, fax machine

  • Outline internship program, plan
  • Review PMF for internship
  • Intern project – Intern should complete a project by the end of week 14. Project to be approved by manager or supervisor.

    1. Examples – research and write lesson plan for a park program;
    trail maintenance; trail brochures

Week 2
  • Continue orientation with Interpretation

    1. Interpretive Programming philosophy & Interpretive Red Book
    2. Guidelines for presenting a program: ex. Arrive 15 minutes early, etc.
    3. Types of programs: public, group, special events
    4. Attendance Sheets
    5. Live animal care (if applicable)
    6. How to make a program flyer to promote programs
    7. Bulletin boards – how to update
    8. How to send a news release or public service announcement

  • Learn how to present a program

    1. General training on how to do current programs already in place: campfires, crafts, etc.

Week 3
  • Continue learning how to present a program

    1. Observe programs being presented by staff
    2. Prepare for and present a program for supervisor
    3. Evaluation by supervisor

Week 4
  • Begin Presenting Public Programs
  • 1. Make & post program flyers
    2. Present programs

  • Special Events
  • 1. Review any that may be taking place during Internship
    2. Assist with planning, promoting, and conducting throughout internship
    3. Post events to website

  • Review Historic marker program
Week 5
  • Continue to conduct programs 2-3 days week
  • Begin learning overall Park Operation on 1-2
  • Work on project in any down time
  • General office administration (2 days)

    1. Review Spherix
    2. Learn front desk system
    3. Guest check-in and check-out
    4. Overview of PeopleSoft
    5. General front desk duties
    6. Park Pass
    7. Fishing License, special packages, golf, etc.

Week 6
  • Continue to conduct programs 2-3 days week
  • Continue learning overall Park Operation on 1-2 days: General
    Management

    1. Review major areas of operation: camping, cottage, swimming, group camps, etc.
    2. Review beach \ pool operating procedures (if applicable)
    3. Volunteers – campground host, friends group and occasional volunteers

  • Work on project in any down time
Week 7
  • Continue to conduct programs 2-3 days week
  • Continue learning overall Park Operation on 1-2 days: Park Reports
  • 1. Review and discuss routine weekly and monthly park reports – Revenue and expenditures
    2. Review weekly and monthly revenue reports
    3. Review other reports including attendance and LE summary

  • Work on project in any down time
Week 8
  • Continue to conduct programs 2-3 days week
  • Continue learning overall Park Operation on 1-2 days: Park Budget
  • 1. Review and discuss budget process
    2. Review a monthly park budget
    3. Review revenue channels and reporting processes
    4. Review checking accounts procedure for petty cash and operating accounts
    5. Review purchasing procedures and processes

  • Work on project in any down time
Week 9
  • Continue to conduct programs 2-3 days week
  • Continue learning overall Park Operation on 1-2 days: Resale Operations
  • 1. Review resale budget
    2. Review purchasing and reporting

  • Work on project in any down time
Week 10
  • Continue to conduct programs 2-3 days week
  • Continue learning overall Park Operation on 1-2 days: Resource
    Management

    1. Review resource management philosophy
    2. Review resource management issues for park or site

    a. Natural –trails, flora, fauna, etc
    b. Historical – structures, history
    c. Cultural – features and preservation

  • 3. Review any existing management plans or general development plans

  • Work on project in any down time
Week 11
  • Continue to conduct programs 2-3 days week
  • Continue learning overall Park Operation on 1-2 days: Maintenance

    1. Review safety manual
    2. Review daily procedures – Park Ranger

    a) Work order procedure
    b) Cleaning routine – work with utility worker
    c) Grounds maintenance
    d) Equipment maintenance

  • Work on project in any down time
Week 12
  • Continue to conduct programs 2-3 days week
  • Continue learning overall Park Operation on 1-2 days: Housekeeping
  • 1. Review scheduling and scheduling issues
    2. Work with housekeepers
    3. Review housekeeping reports
    4. Review cottage \ comfort station inspection

  • Work on project in any down time
Week 13
  • Continue to conduct programs 2-3 days week
  • Continue learning overall Park Operation on 1-2 days: Law enforcement

    1. Discuss Division law enforcement philosophy
    2. Review law enforcement procedures manual
    3. Complete park patrols with discussion of enforcement issues
    4. Review and complete incident and accident reports
    5. Park Safety

    a.) Safety inspections – structures, playgrounds, pools,
    beaches, fire extinguishers, and equipment

  • Work on project in any down time
Week 14
  • Visit other sites in the area
  • Complete project
Week 15
  • Internship projects presentations and evaluation

    1. Intern will present his/her project to site staff and/or operation team members in an oral and written format.
    2. All assignments of the PMF should be complete and turned in
    3. Evaluation of project and intern using PMF should be completed
    4. All checkout procedures and return of supplies and equipment should be completed
    5. Summary of the hiring process and application review as appropriate


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