Before I begin, my southern hospitality kicked in like never before. Honestly, my first week was the scariest week of my life. I felt nervous, the most awkward, and physically weak. My supervisor's nickname is Kim Possible, I believe she could forge though the roughest...

Pursuing GS5 Park Ranger Positions During my second summer at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, I've grown increasingly determined to pursue GS 5 Park Ranger positions. After graduating college in May and finishing up my summer internship this August, I realized the importance of creating a federal...

Hi everyone! Hope allis well! For this update I'll be discussing interesting findings I've investigated in my internship so far! For the past seven weeks, I have immersed myself in the worlds of First Ladies through their biographies, letters, documentaries, and personal accounts, while sipping a...

My first week in Death Valley called for a lot of adjusting. I was entering the hottest place in the world during its hottest season. But, my NPS colleagues were incredibly welcoming and kind. My supervisor Brian took me around the vast areas of the...

I have previous experience as an outreach assistant, facilitating connections between schools and a professional development program at the Department of Labor, and coordinating payments between American United Nations interns and internal United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) staff. However, my...

The primary project that I am working on revolves around sustainable and resilient energy for Death Valley National Park. I work within Cow Creek, an administrative area where operational buildings and employee housing can be found.  This area receives power from a single source: a...

I cannot emphasize enough how absolutely gorgeous the Upper Mississippi River is.   My first few weeks have been spent in one of the most biologically diverse regions in the United States. How fortunate I am to have been chosen to intern on this beautiful land caught...

It was my first week in Death Valley National Park, and the air was a crisp 122 degrees. Hotter than I am used to. I am engulfed by mountains thousands of feet tall, yet I stand at the lowest elevation in North America. My supervisor...

Hello Everyone! For this week's update, I will be sharing a bit on the progress of my research project! Over the past few weeks, I have been exploring the public and social lives of the First Ladies, as well as their campaign efforts. For the...

Over the summer, my main project has been to research and interpret the Freedmen’s Colony of Roanoke Island. This settlement, which lasted officially from 1863 to 1867, has been the park’s main focus in recent years. My specific task this summer is to research more...

Hello everyone! My first week at the park was nothing but educational and meaningful. My first night sleeping at housing was memorable at its finest, there was a little scorpion in my room! I didn't take any pictures but I was able to capture him and...

In this second Chapter I will share with you some of the Community Outreach activities we have done with the Rangers and the Community Action Team (CAT). I have had the chance to participate in two flag raisings so far, Juneteenth and Pride, at the...

Hello everyone, For my project I would like to explain how the fisheries department at Point Reyes National Seashore in California conducts their surveys and fish population counts. Before my position began, I was largely unfamiliar with the life cycle of salmonids and how the parks...

As I enter the third week of my LHIP internship as a Community Ambassador and Educator Intern, the idea of my project has remained at the forefront of my mind. In some ways, it is daunting. The goal of the park and my internship is...

To prepare for these events in the surrounding towns of Lincoln City, I took several important steps. First, I reached out to summer program directors, elementary teachers, libraries, public organizations, and community partners who have worked with the memorial before. I used emails and phone...

Nothing but loving and learning and growth here at Island in the Sky! One of the things I’ve been working on this month is creating interpretive programs for Canyonlands. More specifically, the geology program. Canyonlands is a geologist’s dream, with a variety of rock formations that...

My summer project at Biscayne National Park will be calculating which fish species, if any, have the most fishing violations. This study will focus on what is happening inside the park, therefore I will use creel surveys conducted by BNP. New fishing regulations were put into...

Hello everyone, I am writing to tell you about my very first week working as a summer fisheries intern at Point Reyes National Seashore in California. I had a very positive and welcoming introduction to this park, and all of the wonderful people that make it...