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2018 News Hopewell Internship
September 06, 2018 : Voluntary internship experience enriches educational journey


“Work towards things you are passionate about,” remarked Christina Reiter as she shared details regarding her internship experience at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park.


An internship is a valuable addition to a resume. Not only does it provide you with a wealth of knowledge, but is also shows a sign of dedication especially when someone like Reiter voluntarily applies for the additional experience.


Reiter, a Middle Childhood Education major focusing on Social Studies and Science with endorsements in Mathematics and Language Arts, began her internship at the Park on June 5, 2018. She shared, “I wasn’t very sure about doing it, but I looked the position up and read the duties and responsibilities. Once I researched the park and the internship position, I was ready to apply. I have a great love for nature and being around people of all ages. It was like the duties that were listed on the internship posting were written for me.”


At this point in time Reiter has completed 360 hours and plans to do more while she is finishing her bachelor’s degree and may even continue while enrolled in graduate school.  


The internship has consisted of presenting interpretive talks, leading informational tours, helping Junior Rangers in park activities, operating the Visitors Center information desk, assisting with Kids in College, conducting research, and completing an in-depth study of the Park and subjects that intertwine. The internship was not a requirement for Reiter, but she took the opportunity to complete the internship to learn, teach, and observe different teaching methods and techniques. It was also beneficial to participate in hands-on activities that complement the education curriculum.


Reiter commented, “My internship experience at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park has been an important part of my journey. Not only have I learned more in-depth about the history of Ohio, but I have been able to share my knowledge with the public during tours and talks at the Mound City site. Having the opportunity to share the amazing history that is right here in Ohio with people from all over the world is nothing small and it is a great honor to do so.”


Not only has the experience been enough for Reiter, but the skills and information she has gained are immense. “Giving tours and talks has improved my public speaking abilities and widened my communication skills. Working with a diverse group of individuals has given me a greater look at multiple perspectives on topics,” stated Reiter.


“The internship has greatly benefited my education by improving and building upon skills that are essential to teaching. I look forward to using the knowledge and skills I’ve learned from my experiences both on campus and at Mound City. This has been a life changing experience and I hope to continue in some capacity with the Park in the future,” she remarked.


Reiter has begun her student teaching internship this fall and plans to graduate with her Bachelor’s degree in December of 2018. She concluded, “I have been blessed with an amazing academic advisor, Karen Corcoran, during my time at Ohio University Chillicothe. The quality education I’ve received from profound professors like her have made my four years on campus ones to remember and cherish.”