[caption id="attachment_10298" align="alignnone" width="300"] Carrizo Plain National Monument[/caption] Hi, my name is Sebastian. I am a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, where I studied Geology and Geophysics. I am...

My first week at the Intermountain Regional Office (IMRO) was great! It did not take long to get fully settled in - laptop and internet access, building tour, and introductions are all done. I have met with the Communications and Legislative Affairs team and...

I started off this week by going to a summer kickoff reading event at the local library, where I helped staff tables. The subject of my table was skins and skulls. I had the fur and skulls of various types of mammals, some...

This week was all about research and understanding the story of the Freedom Riders. I also visited the site of where the bus was burned in Anniston, Alabama. It was incredible to see the place that held such a rich history. My supervisor, Reggie Tiller,...

Brum-brum-brum-brrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Every week beats the previous week. I was able to speak to another solar contractor on Monday. So far, I have met people that are passionate about solar panels. It was a great way to start the week. [caption id="attachment_10444" align="alignnone" width="271"]...

The El Portal Community Center has been my new house for the past three days. I attended a two-day Wilderness First Aid training course that was administered by the National Outdoor Leadership School. This was a great program that taught us how to administer first...

The magnitude of this internship did not really hit me until the day after I accepted it. It was spring break and I was canoeing on a winding river in Congaree National Park, taking in the silence. That’s when I realized, this summer I...

Hi! A little introduction about me; I'm Jureily from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. This is my first summer internship working with the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), the Federal Government's oldest preservation program. I will be documenting building with the HABS Architect Robert Arzola. Robert...

My name is Heather Torres and I’ll be spending the summer on Staten Island working at the Gateway National Recreational Area. I am a rising senior at Cornell University studying History with minors in Anthropology and Science & Technology Studies. As a historical researcher at...

Within my first week, I’ve met some of the management team in the office and rangers at the park. The people in the office are working, behind the scenes, on planning and strategy for the park. The people working at the park have a first-hand...

The sound of thunder and heavy rain has been the soundtrack of my Everglades experience so far.  At times it is very calming and peaceful.  Even though I understand the dangers of lighting, it is very beautiful to observe it.  [caption id="attachment_10315" align="alignright" width="225"]...

The second week of training is finally done. I cannot say whether or not I am ready to jump behind the information desk of one of the most populated national parks in the country. I simply won't know until I am there in the heat...

Hello. This is week number four. The coordination between so many companies has never been tougher. This week, I mostly spent my time in my office. I was happy to be inside because it kept me away from the heavy rain that we got....

There probably weren't actually that many spiders this week. I just had my first encounters with Nebraska spiders. It all started last week, when I had some time between training sessions and helped the museum technician clean the one-room schoolhouse. I was wiping down a...

When working with the National Park System, it's easy to get caught up in the big and the grand. [caption id="attachment_10221" align="alignright" width="250"] Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone[/caption] Our parks are full of soaring vistas, imposing rock faces, thundering falls...

Having worked in construction building before decks and fences allowed me to transition into being an intern at the Small Boat Shop at San Francisco Maritime, but it's still a challenge. There's a lot of terminology and tools specific to maritime that I'm very unfamiliar...

This past week I was able to attend Alamosa's biggest festival of the year, called "Summerfest." In comparison to festivals that happen in Texas cities like Austin or San Antonio, it was incredibly small. I mean, I'm comparing to festivals like Austin City Limits (ACL), where Zilker Park...

Today marks the end of my first week! This week was all about getting to know the staff and the park and unpacking my internship project. For John Muir National Historic Site I will be developing a site comprehensive plan which will be a guiding document...

I have almost completed my first week here at Fire Island National Seashore. I started the Sunday after my birthday, and I was more excited about the internship than I was celebrating turning 23. These first couple of days have been a little slow but...