Basic Info

The Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP), created by the National Park Service (NPS) and administered in partnership with Environment for the Americas(EFTA), is designed to provide internship opportunities to young adults in diverse professional fields in the National Park Service. The program helps raise awareness of our national parks and historic sites, their accessibility, and the need for the Latino community’s involvement in their preservation and in meaningful and relevant science-based internships.

For this purpose, highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students will be selected to work alongside NPS historians, interpreters, archaeologists, architects, researchers, biologists, communicators, and other professionals in different national  parks, offices, and historical sites throughout the nation. Students will have substantive assignments in their areas of study, work closely with NPS staff day-to-day, and receive additional mentoring and support through the program partners.

LHIP is a collaboration between NPS and EFTA. Programs such as LHIP allow the NPS to invest in cost-efficient strategies that introduce students to career fields through internships at national parks. These opportunities help entry-level young professionals enter the workforce.

Program goals and objectives:

  • Introduces young adults to career fields through career developmental internship opportunities in the NPS with an emphasis on natural and cultural resource research and management, interpretation, public affairs.
  • Develops mission critical internship projects that support the NPS goals and objectives at national parks and offices. 
  • Collaborates with Latino conservation organizations to help expand NPS outreach into Latino communities nationally and develop sustainable relationships.
  • Help to establishes a pipeline for converting talented Latino students into career positions in the NPS.

To learn more about the American Latino history & heritage in the National Parks click on the link below:

The Latino Heritage Internship Program is offered at national parks across the United States and its territories. Some experiences are offered at remote parks, such as Lassen Volcano National Park, while others are located in cities and urban areas, such as Salem and Saugus Ironworks National Historic Site. 

LHIP is a partnership with the National Park Service and Environment for the Americas (EFTA). We collaborate to provide unique, paid internship opportunities for participants. EFTA serves as the program administrator, from promotion of available positions, to recruitment of qualified students and recent graduates. EFTA also provides additional career training through webinars and special activities.


In addition, we organize the following:

  • Regular communication with participants through the duration of the internship.
  • All program logistics, including travel;
  • A post-internship career and leadership workshop;
  • Stipends that are paid every two weeks;
  • Distribution of intern materials, including supplies, uniforms, and manuals;
  • Regular trainings and meetings throughout the internship via Zoom.

Applicant review will begin on February 7th, when the application period closes. Our timeline is as follows:

  • Dec 7th, 2021 EFTA Internships Info Session#1: EFTA Internships Overview
  • Dec 3rd, 2021 – Feb 6th, 2022: The intern application period is open
  • Dec 14th, 2021 EFTA Internships Info Session #2: A Day in the Life of an Intern
  • Dec 21st, 2021 EFTA Internships Info Session #3: Working in a National Park
  • Jan 18th, 2022 EFTA Internships Info Session #4: A Day in the Life of an EFTA Intern
  • Jan 25th, 2022 EFTA Internships Info Session: Virtual Tour
  • Feb 7th – 22nd, 2022: Interview qualified candidates 
  • Feb 22nd, 2022: Parks receive applications from top candidates 
  • Feb 22- Mar 5th, 2022: Parks interview top candidates 
  • Mar 7th, 2022: Selected candidates are offered positions
  • March 14th, 2022: Applicant deadline to accept or decline position
  • April 28th, 2022 Pre-internship webinar: Welcome/Orientation webinar for interns
  • May 16th, 2022: LHIP Conservation Fellows begin for 12-week participants 
  • May 23rd, 2022: Official launch of LHIP PLC-program for 11-weeks
  • July 31st – Aug 4th, 2022: Career and Leadership Workshop

The National Park Service is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of our national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, it safeguards these special places and shares their stories with more than 330 million visitors every year.

The National Park Service preserves the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The park service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.


Learn more:

What We Do (U.S. National Park Service) (


Environment for the Americas’ mission is to connect diverse people to nature and bird conservation through research and education. We have developed internship opportunities for underrepresented youth since 2009. We create connections to nature, science, research, and other fields of study by providing unique, hands-on learning opportunities. Our partnership with the National Park Service is built on our internship model, which offers additional training, mentorship, and assistance finding subsequent positions.


Have questions about LHIP? Please contact us at 


National Park Service

Ernestine White



Ernestine serves as the National Youth Employment Program Coordinator in the Youth Programs Division within the directorate of Workforce and Inclusion in Washington, D.C.

Environment for the Americas

Daniela Garcia

LHIP Program Manager

Daniela is an experienced leader who creates innovative solutions to promote equity and to ensure community inclusion. She has worked with youth of all ages, as well as stakeholders and other partners. Her experience with colleges and universities supports our efforts to reach diverse young professionals. Daniela has a Master of Social Sciences from the University of Denver.

ED Kim

communications fellow

Ed was an Environment for the Americas intern in 2021 at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area in Newport, Oregon. This year, he joins our team in Boulder, Colorado and focuses on highlighting our internship opportunities through social media. His work spreads the word about LHIP successes and intern accomplishments through our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds. 



Internship Programs Lead

Shanelle earned her B.A.S. from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada in 2019. She studied Zoology and Family & Child Studies and has a passion for scientific communication and involving communities in conservation-related decisions. In May 2021, Shanelle earned my M.S. in Environmental Biology.


Graphic Designer

Communication through graphic design is key to getting the word out about LHIP and to connecting our participants across the country. Chu-Yu has been with Environment for the Americas for over 8 years makes sure that LHIP is presented to the public.


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