I arrived in Massachusetts on May 31. In the two weeks since then I've been all around Boston and the adjacent North Shore. I've met and collaborated with my fellow interns as well as the full time staff at Salem Maritime National Historic Site (SAMA)....

My Former LHIP Inspiration When I first started at John Muir National Historic Site, I quickly understood that my internship positioned me into a unique space within the park. Using my background as a Latino and a journalism student, I began to critically analyze John Muir’s...

Did you have fun watching the 4th of July fireworks? One of the most amazing shows took place right here, in Washington DC. Last year, the pandemic forced the National Park Service to ask people to stay home and watch the Independence Day fireworks show...

The Denver Service Center's Planning Division is a dynamic and collaborative place to work and no week is ever the same. It's surprising that so much can happen in one day, let alone a week, so I thought I could take everyone through a brief...

After one month of working at Salem Maritime National Historic Site, I've learned a great deal. I have become more resolute in my career prospects and I have fostered strong bonds not just with my fellow interns but with my supervisors as well. My main...

Working at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park and the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve French Quarter Visitor Center has given me the opportunity to not only meet a lot of great people but also learn a lot that I didn't know...

Looking back at my first week at Tonto National Monument, it seems hard to believe a week can be so dense with new information yet fly by so fast. I started my week shadowing other rangers trying to soak up as much information as possible...

Hello, my name is Suzanne. I am half Argentinian, half Palestinian, and I was born in the USA. My name is Suzanne El-Haj. My parents are immigrants from diverse regions. My mother is a Latina from Argentina and my father is an Arab from Palestine. I...

One of my major interests since arriving here has been the Santa Cruz River. I did not expect there to be a river in the desert. During my tour of the park, my supervisor walked me to the river. Immediately I felt a strong connection...

One of the most identifiable features of Tumacácori National Historical Park is the Mission San Jose. You walk out of the park's video room and its image is displayed on t-shirts, keychains, stickers, and most of the park's merchandise. This structure is one of many...

In the Sonoran Desert, the most valuable commodity is water. When the summer monsoons come to bring water to the desert, the most beautiful and amazing smell engulfs the desert. It is the smell of the water condensing on the little red creosote leaves as...

For my final project in the Latino Heritage Internship Program, I will be leading a guided tour to the Point Reyes Lighthouse during Latino Conservation Week (LCW). LCW takes place during July 17-25 2021 and it aims to support the Latinx community by creating opportunities...

In my first few weeks at John Muir National Historic Site, I researched the racist language used in some of John Muir’s writings. My internship position was initially created so that the park could have resources to evaluate John Muir’s undeniable racist rhetoric. However, as...