Types of Internships Offered

The program will advance employment and community engagement opportunities with an emphasis on cultural resource stewardship and interpretation. It will target undergraduates and graduate students while developing mission critical internship projects that will support NPS goals and objectives. The experience will create strong mentor and protégé relationships and support the career growth of talented students. In addition, it will help to expand NPS outreach into Latino communities nationally and develop deep and sustainable partnerships. This summer, we will offer two types of LHIP internships:

LHIP Standard Internship:

An entry internship that focuses on career exploration and building fundamental natural resource science skills. Each LHIP Intern will receive a weekly stipend of $400 based on a 40-hour work week, plus a commuting stipend. Local or park housing and travel expenses will be provided for out-of-state students. Interns who successfully complete 640 hours of work in one or more eligible internships and are age 30 and under will be eligible for the Public Land Corps noncompetitive hiring authority for two years following the completion of the internship. Successful completion of an LHIP internship does not guarantee that the participant will be hired into a federal position. Internships are for 11 weeks.

LHIP Direct Hiring Authority Resource Assistant internship (DHA-RA):

A unique internship opportunity aiming to build a pathway to employment in the Department of Interior (DOI). DHA-RA interns will apply cultural and natural resource expertise to NPS management and build a network with federal employees throughout the internship. These rigorous internships require specialized knowledge and typically are available to upper-level undergraduate students and graduate students. DHA-RA interns will receive a weekly stipend of $480 based on a 40-hour workweek, plus a commuting stipend. Local or park housing and travel expenses will be provided for out-of-state students. DHA-RA interns who successfully complete the internship requirements become eligible to be non-competitively hired by the DOI for two years from the date of their degree. Successful completion of the internship does not guarantee that the participant will be hired into a federal position. Internships are for 12 weeks.

Program Requirements

  • Participate in an end of internship career and leadership workshop
  • Conduct an oral presentation on internship accomplishments at the workshop (DHA-RA Interns)
  • Conduct a poster presentation on internship accomplishments at the workshop
  • Compete 2 blogs a month on your internship experience
  • Participate in required webinars

Basic Eligibility

  • Age 18 to 30 inclusive, and military veterans up to age 35 or younger
  • Possess US citizenship or permanent residence
  • Be enrolled in an accredited educational qualifying institution
  • Have a strong interest — or relevant experience — in areas pertaining to — but not limited to — history, historic preservation, public history, museum studies, archaeology, cultural interpretation, landscape architecture, engineering, anthropology or other related fields.
  • Bilingual skills (fluent in Spanish/English) -- helpful
  • Social media savvy!

Timeframe

  • Applications must be submitted by 11:59 P.M. EST February 7, 2020. Top candidates will be selected for interviews in late February and early March. Placement decisions and assignments will generally be made during the month of March
  • Standard LHIP positions generally will go for 11-weeks, from mid to late May through late July 2020, and conclude in August with a one week career and leadership workshop
  • Direct Hiring Authority positions will last 12 weeks which includes a one week long career and leadership workshop

Selection criteria 

Candidates may express interest in specific geographic and thematic areas. Specific assignments will be based on best fit with specific requirements of each NPS location. Selected candidates will undergo a federal background check before beginning their assignment. Applications will be reviewed and rated according to the following criteria:

  • Relevant educational and work experience
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Professionalism, technical knowledge, and expertise
  • Adaptability, and ability to work effectively with diverse audiences