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...

A tiny moment in time, a window of opportunity, a place to grow, and mountains to overcome. This is what crowds my hopes these days as I shuffle to the end of my college road. I’m told from nearly everyone around me that these are...

A single tree in the tropical forest in the South of Mexico has more different species than some European countries.  -Carlos Salinas de Gortari Whether this is a true statement is beyond the scope of this post, but this quote appealed to me for...

Hello everyone. My name is Kyle McGrady. This is my first internship with the program, and I am excited for what this summer will hold. I will be heading out to the beautiful Channel Islands National Park here in sunny Southern California. I am...

Hi everybody, I'm Victoria, a 20-year-old Latina from San Diego attending Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. I'm currently pursuing two bachelors degrees in Wildlife and Religious Studies, both of which have heavily contributed to my own personal and professional development throughout my time in school. These two...

Hi there! I’m Nuvia Garcia, food, nature, and adventure enthusiast. This summer I will be stepping out of my comfort zone on the west coast and interning at the Grand Canyon in Arizona! I just finished my second year at CSU Monterey Bay in...

¡Hola! [caption id="attachment_4749" align="alignright" width="207"] A snap I took at the Los Angeles Archives Bazaar.[/caption] My name is Lissete and this is my first time joining LHIP! My parents came to the U.S. from Mexico, and I was born and raised here in...

“The Big Tree is nature’s forest masterpiece, and so far as I know, the greatest of living things. It belongs to an ancient stock, as its remains in old rocks show, and has a strange air of other days about it, a thoroughbred look inherited...

They say life in the city is pretty fast-paced, and seeing as I was thrown right in on the first day, I figure you all should too! My name is Brenda and I will be stationed in the Santa Monica Mountains, but really I...

I graduated. Now what? More than half way across the country, an opportunity to intern with the National Park Service through LHIP was one of the best transitional positions I could have been offered as I now move onto the "real word." I'm thrilled for a...

My name is Eduardo Jesus Chaidez, and I was born and raised in Oakland, California. Although it is a city undergoing complex, and at times problematic, transitions like many others across the country, Oakland's vibrant and diverse culture is as deeply rooted...