The ProRanger Philadelphia program is an academic, technical skills training, and internship program that is cooperatively administered by the National Park Service and Temple University. The program was established to recruit, train and employ law enforcement park rangers for the National Park Service.
Students take coursework during the academic year at Temple University and participate in internships at National Park Service sites during the summer. Follow their experiences here.
Monday, June 12, 2017
My First Day
I’m happy to say
that I made it through the first week of my internship, and had a great first
day. The first day of my internship at Gettysburg National Military Park was on
Tuesday, May 31st, and I scheduled my move in date for the day
before, Memorial Day. I finished packing
up my things that morning and drove with my parents to Gettysburg to move into
park housing. We made good time on the drive, however, the slowest part of the
trip was certainly when we hit the center of town – traffic was heavy and roads
were being closed in preparation for the town’s Memorial Day parade and it was
a small miracle that we got through the town in time! Soon after we made it to
Gettysburg’s ranger station, where I met Ranger Ludwick and was given my house keys.
From the Ranger Station we followed Ranger Ludwick to the place that I would be
staying for the summer, Spangler House.
On our way to park housing!
Spangler House, my home for the Summer
unloaded the car and moved my bags into my new bedroom, but my day wasn’t over
yet – With the town parade about to start, Ranger Ludwick told me he could use
my help, and I put on my uniform and drove out with him to the National Soldiers
Cemetery, where I helped with traffic from the parade, allowing vehicles with
permits into the cemetery, and directing those without to continue on down the
road. After the parade ended, I followed Ranger Holler and watched over the
memorial ceremony inside the National Soldiers Cemetery. After the
memorialization ended, I opted to finish the evening with a ride along with
Ranger Ludwick and I got to see major spots on the battlefield and even helped lock
up the National Soldiers Cemetery at dusk. I learned a great deal on my first day here, but more than that, I got really excited for the weeks to come. I unpacked my things later that
night and got ready for my first day as a Proranger Intern. It was a busy day but
I was happy that I got to jump right into my internship!