An Intern's Perspective

About the Internships

The Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) advances employment and community engagement opportunities with diverse opportunities. Participants work in cultural resource stewardship, interpretation, research, communication, wildlife, and more. LHIP targets undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students while developing mission critical internship projects that will support NPS goals and objectives. Our experiences develop strong mentor and protégé relationships and support the career growth of talented youth. In addition, this program helps to expand NPS outreach into Latino communities nationally and develop deep and sustainable partnerships. This summer, we will offer two types of LHIP internships:

An entry internship that focuses on career exploration and building fundamental natural resource science skills. Each LHIP Intern will receive a weekly stipend of $420 based on a 40-hour work week, plus a commuting stipend. Local or park housing and travel expenses will be provided for out-of-state students. Interns who successfully complete 640 hours of work in one or more eligible internships and are age 30 and under will be eligible for the Public Land Corps noncompetitive hiring authority for two years following the completion of the internship. Successful completion of an LHIP internship does not guarantee that the participant will be hired into a federal position. Internships are for 11 weeks.

A unique internship opportunity aiming to build a pathway to employment in the Department of Interior (DOI). DHA-RA interns will apply cultural and natural resource expertise to NPS management and build a network with federal employees throughout the internship. These rigorous internships require specialized knowledge and typically are available to upper-level undergraduate students and graduate students. DHA-RA interns will receive a weekly stipend of $500 based on a 40-hour workweek, plus a commuting stipend. Local or park housing and travel expenses will be provided for out-of-state students. DHA-RA interns who successfully complete the internship requirements become eligible to be non-competitively hired by the DOI for two years from the date of their degree. Successful completion of the internship does not guarantee that the participant will be hired into a federal position. Internships are for 12 weeks.

  • Participate in an end of internship career and leadership workshop
  • Conduct an oral presentation on internship accomplishments at the workshop (DHA-RA Interns)
  • Conduct a poster presentation on internship accomplishments at the workshop
  • Complete blogs on your internship experience (7 total)
  • Participate in required webinars
  • Age 18 to 30 inclusive, and military veterans up to age 35 or younger
  • Possess US citizenship or permanent residence
  • Be enrolled in an accredited educational qualifying institution
  • Have a strong interest or relevant experience in areas pertaining to, but not limited to, history, historic preservation, museum studies, archaeology, cultural interpretation, landscape architecture, interpretation, wildlife, conservation, and other fields
  • Bilingual skills (fluent in Spanish/English) – helpful
  • Completion of internship program surveys