I can’t believe this is my last week as a National Park Service intern! The summer has gone by so quickly and everything feels bittersweet. One thing I know for sure is that I am incredibly grateful to have been given the chance to complete projects for America’s national parks and the Latino community. 

My summer at the National Park Service has given me some amazing opportunities! I was given the responsibility of creating the official National Park Service communications for Latino Conservation Week. It was a challenge, but I’ve never felt so accomplished. I helped to renovate the NPS Latino Conservation Week website, wrote a communications and guidance plans for all of the national parks, and even wrote articles for both the external and internal website. My favorite project was developing posts for the National Park Service social media accounts, which will continue to be updated throughout Latino Conservation Week. 

I also had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of debriefing NPS’ Acting Deputy Director, David Vela, about my Latino Conservation Week projects. He was very interested in learning how the National Park Service is reaching out to the Latino community and loved the work that I completed! 

To wrap up my summer experience in Washington, D.C., I decided to take a trip to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Besides my Office of Communications projects, I also worked with the Office of International Affairs to write short articles on World Heritage sites within the United States. Having the chance to visit a World Heritage site in person, and visit the home of Thomas Jefferson, was something I will never forget. 

Although this summer is sadly coming to a close, I am extremely excited for where I am going next! I am pleased to announce that I received a job on Facebook’s Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Communications Team starting this July. I am incredibly grateful for the experiences that the National Park Services has given me over the past two months and I know that I wouldn’t have had this opportunity without the skills I have gained this summer.

I also would like to say thank you to the wonderful staff in the Office of Communications and the Office of International Affairs for being so supportive during this transitional time in my life! A special thanks to my supervisor, Kendra Collat, and my office’s HBCUI intern, Kayla Diallo, for making my time in D.C. fantastic. And a special thank you to the team at Hispanic Access for everything you do! 

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Tuesday, 09 July 2019 15:32

A Fascinating Trip: Ford’s Theater

I can’t believe my time interning with the National Park Service is half way done. With the Office of Communications getting ready for Latino Conservation Week this July 13th-21st, I thought this would be a great time to get out, relax, and see a national park service site in action before activities are in full swing!

There are so many wonderful National Park Service sites to visit in Washington, D.C., but after some consideration, I finally decided on Ford’s Theater. So many people only think of NPS sites as large national park, when in reality, the NPS manages many monuments and historic sites. Under NPS management since 1933, Ford’s Theater is a famous national historic site where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865 by John Wilkes Booth.  As a smaller site, the entire journey from museum to Ford’s Theater to Peterson House only took me two hours to finish. I was also able to see a wonderful talk given by Park Ranger Matt Hornberger about the history of the assassination, which was very fascinating and insightful. As a bookie, Peterson House also has this amazing tower of Lincoln books!

As an intern in D.C., I am very grateful to have so many national parks, monuments, and sites nearby. I also recently took a private Department of the Interior National Monument Tour with a park ranger! On the tour, I visited the World War II Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. So far, I think the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial is probably my favorite due to its beautiful and refreshing waterfalls in the summer. 

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Hi, again! I can’t believe I have already been interning in the Office of Communications & Office of International Affairs for a month now. These past weeks have given me a plethora of new opportunities, outside and inside the workplace, to grow communication skills vital to my future career. My biggest accomplishment so far has been placing my guidance page for Latino Conservation Week on the internal National Park Service website. Something new that I have been learning is the National Park Service content management system, called CommonSpot, that allows you to make changes to the NPS.gov and InsideNPS.gov websites. Since I am now a published web author, I have also spent time learning best practices for digital media, like videos and social media. I have found the experience incredibly useful for my future career in the communications field.

When I am not working on Latino Conservation Week, I’m writing articles on the World Heritage Site for the Office of International Affairs. Did you know that the National Park Service's Office of International Affairs actually assists in designating U.S. World Heritage Sites by drafting nominations? I didn’t before I started interning four weeks ago! I hope that by the end of my summer that all people can go onto the NPS.gov website and learn about the importance of these sites.

I also had the opportunity to meet the Director of the National Park Service, tour the Secretary of the Interior’s office (my polar bear pic), and even attend Capitol Hill Ocean Week! Each experience has given me a further glimpse into the day-to-day life of a working professional in Washington, D.C. I feel proud to be representing the Latinx community each day I am here in D.C.!

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Friday, 07 June 2019 20:00

A Summer in Washington, D.C.

Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie Pomales and I will be spending the next eleven weeks interning with the National Park Service’s Office of Communications & Office of International Affairs. In March of 2019, I graduated from the University of California, Davis with a major in Communications and a minor in Global & International Studies. My senior year internship with NASA inspired me to pursue a career in the federal service and complete a summer internship with the National Park Service. I’m very excited to be spending my summer completing communications work for our national parks and exploring the beautiful city of Washington, D.C.

Although many people associate the National Park Service with beautiful places, like Yosemite or Yellowstone, there is a number of offices in downtown Washington, D.C. that help to support and provide guidance for the large National Park Service system. This summer I will be working closely with two offices to develop communications materials, including social media, news releases, and web content.

My main focus will be on creating communications plans and internal guidance for Latino Conservation Week, which is an annual celebration dedicated to support the Latino community in getting outdoors and participating in activities to protect our natural resources. For nine days in mid-July, I will be creating content related to national and local events to help the National Park Service inform the public about the importance of providing a space for Latino’s (and others) to participate in outdoor activities and conservation.The rest of my time will be focusing on expanding the National Park Service’s content on the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

I am very excited for this once in a lifetime opportunity to work on behalf of the National Park Service! Look out for my future updates that will be posted to the LHIP website every other week.

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 15:01

Stephanie Pomales

Hi! My name is Stephanie Pomales and I am a recent high honors graduate from the University of California, Davis, where I majored in Communications and minored in Global & International Studies. During my time at UC Davis, I was placed on the Dean's Honors List three times and won more than $45,000 in scholarships from organizations like The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and The Alliance For Women In Media. I was also chosen for the selective Mentorship in Agriculture, Letters & Sciences program were I was was able to develop my honors thesis on student mental health. One of my research papers was also selected from the prestigious UC Davis Prized Writing Award. My biggest community accomplishments were serving on the Chancellor's Undergraduate Advisory Board and lobbying for increased student funding at the California State Capitol with the UC Student Association. When I wasn't studying, I was interning with NASA in the Department of Virtual Communications through the Virtual Student Foreign Service Program and making strides as the Media & Communications Coordinator for UC Davis Global Affairs. My long term plans are to move to Washington, DC to pursue a career in communications and social media. I'm incredibly excited to be interning with the National Park Service's Office of Communications and Office of International Affairs this summer!

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 16:04

Tomas Deza

Raised in Tucumán, Argentina, Tomás moved to the United States when he was 11. Throughout his academic experience in film studies, he realized documentary filmmaking is an effective tool to raise awareness and produce social change. In 2014, Tomás interned at the Smithsonian’s Human Studies Film Archives, and produced a short documentary to encourage a community of researchers, academics, and local and international citizens to make use of the rich cultural and historical resources this anthropological archives provides. As an LHIP intern, Tomás will contribute to NPS - Communications Office to reach out to community leaders and media outlets, and producing meaningful film material aimed at raising awareness of -- and spark interest in -- our national parks.

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 13:17

Juliana Luna

Juliana Luna is a graphic designer, traveler, and environmental justice advocate. In the past few years Juliana has taken on various design projects in her free time including the redesign of her university’s student ID card, rebrand of campus organizations, as well as creation and management of graphics for an animal behavioral research institution. Having completed her final semester of university as an exchange student in Sweden, she is looking forward to graduating from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication and a minor in Global Studies. Growing up, her frequent trips to the National Parks in California sparked her interest in the NPS and she hopes her work there will encourage others to get involved and outdoors.

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 20:13

Allison García

Allison is a writer, traveler and graphic designer. As a journalist she has worked at some of the most widely-read Wisconsin newspapers - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal and La Communidad - where she wrote features articles for daily reads. Three of her stories won awards in 2017 through the Wisconsin Newspaper Association for best page design, digital project and graphics. The story that inspired her to work for the National Park Service was a full-page feature that highlighted the 2016 centennial. It is her dream to be a communicator for NPS and share with others the beauty of “America’s Best Idea.” She is recent graduate from UW Madison where she studied Journalism & Mass Communication, International Studies, Digital Studies and European Studies.

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