“I change myself, I change the world.” ― Gloria E. Anzaldúa   I believe every new adventure brings about a change within us. As we grow, learn and experience this adventures, at the same time we begin to change the world. We...

My first week was exciting, stressful and hectic. Every morning I could feel the sea breeze, while I contemplated a beautiful landscape and diverse “sanjuanera” baroque - neoclassical architectures that approach the conservation workshop, San Juan National Historic Site, known as the "Polvorín", located to...

I'm well into my second week of the internship and good lordy, have I seen a lot. My very first day was an onslaught of new. We visited the Harper's Ferry Center where conservation and preservation is done on NPS objects (artifacts, reproductions, antiques, etc.)...

When I arrived at the Charlestown Navy Yard, I was faced with the task of working with existing and developing new forms of outreach and communication between the parks, our existing visitors, and the locals in an effort to encourage visits to our park. I...

My name is Daniel Lopez. Born in Mexico Nuevo, just under an hour away from the center of Mexico City, my family and I traveled to the US when I was 5, and I can recall only the hills and very few faces of my...

Colorado National Monument is a beautiful place to be.  I recently arrived from North Carolina with my father on a three day trip.  So far I have run into plenty of new obstacles that I will have to overcome while participating in this internship! The...

We are reaching the end of the school year at UC Riverside, and we recently enjoyed our 44th Annual Chicano/Raza Graduation ceremony. Full of joy, sorrow, anxiety, and excitement, I keep pondering about what this summer will await. From finding caves, to trails, and historical...

I have just finished my first week at Grand Canyon National Park and it has been an eye-opener and a huge culture shock. I have previously only lived in big cities, and the remoteness of the Grand Canyon Village has taken me on a whirlwind. Not...

“No matter what uniform you wear, we are all equal, we are all family”. The superintendent of Grand Teton, David Vela, may hold an important position in the park, but it is clear that he does so because he commands so much more than his...

¡Hola! On my first full day I was able to explore the parks and its trails. I started off at the Heritage Center, where the museum is located and learned more about homesteading history. Then I took a stroll through one of the trails...

This is going to be an adventure to remember! I feel like I have been waiting for so long for an opportunity like this. For the past few years, I have worked and gone to Laney College in Oakland, California with the dream of transferring...

[caption id="attachment_4990" align="alignleft" width="300"] Intern Christie Bartholomew, standing next to a poster celebrating Pecos National Historical Park's Centennial.[/caption] Coming close to completing my Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications at New Mexico State University, I could not have predicted what the future...

Hola fellow LHIP Interns! Que tal? Cómo les va? I hope everyone is as excited and pleased with their placement site as I am. My first impression of the C&O Canal was --"Wow, these trees are so beautiful!!!" I have been living in Colorado...

"The ability of the unique moment, person, or story to evoke an entire universe is a quality of an aesthetic experience in any medium, including exhibitions." - Leslie Bedford in The Art of Museum Exhibitions There are two places in my life where I experience the...

My name is Norma Hartell. My family migrated from Mexico to the United States when I was six years old. We settled in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the place I now call home. The city of Las Cruces is full of culture, and plenty of...

[caption id="attachment_5041" align="aligncenter" width="353"] View of the Reflecting Pool and Washington Monument in the background from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial[/caption] Hello my name is Janette Gallardo.  I’m a first generation Mexican-American, born and raised in California.  I’m currently finishing my Master’s in History...

[caption id="attachment_5063" align="alignnone" width="300"] Examining a juvenile pig mandible excavated from Mission San Juan.[/caption] Hello, I’m Sebastián Salgado-Flores, and this is my first year in LHIP. I am extremely grateful for the chance to work with the National Parks Service and for the Hispanic...

Greetings from Biscayne National Park. This is the first time I have ever been to a national park, and I can see why this place was preserved for all Americans to enjoy.  The water is gin-clear, the aquatic life is plentiful, and the submerged...

Marta Zayas is a hard of hearing person. She was recently admitted to the University of Puerto Rico to complete her graduate studies in Art History and Deaf Women's Studies. Born and raised in the heart of Puerto Rico, during her college studies she engaged as...