Latino Heritage Internship Program

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Deadline to Apply:

Monday, February 6, 2017, 11:45pm


United States

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The Latino Heritage Intern Program is a component of an overarching service-wide strategy to address and correct the lack of Latino employment opportunities in the National Park Service. The National Park Service is committed to engaging the next generation through the strategic use of student internships with partner organizations under Cooperative and Task Agreements. These agreements allow the NPS to invest in cost efficient strategies geared towards recruiting entry level talent, predicting future performance, and building a more diverse workforce. Preparing and integrating this generation into the NPS workforce is critical for the future of the Service. For more information on all positions and to apply, visit

A 2014 research briefing by Latino Decisions and the Hispanic Access Foundation analyzed nine major public opinion polls from the last three years and found that Latinos overwhelmingly support greater environmental protections, such as preserving parks and public lands. Additionally, this briefing found that 1) Latinos viewed natural and cultural resource conservation as essential to a better quality of life and that 2) Latinos believe individuals and government have important roles in protecting natural resources and promoting healthy, clean communities. 

The NPS has a number of national internship programs that focus on increasing opportunities for diverse populations and ethnic groups. These programs include: The NPS Student Conservation Association (SCA) Academy, the Cultural Resources Diversity Intern Program, Mosaics in Science, the Ancestral Lands program, and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Intern Program. None of these programs specifically target the fastest growing population group in the United States of America and the most underrepresented group in the NPS workforce. This program hopes to address this challenge. 

Advance employment opportunities in the NPS with an emphasis on cultural resource stewardship and interpretation issues. Outreach projects and natural resource stewardship opportunities, especially those in the professional career series, may be considered. 
Develop mission critical internship projects that will support NPS goals and objectives. 
Target undergraduate Latinos attending Hispanic Serving Institutions. 
Create strong and viable mentor and protégé relationships for the participants. 
Utilize this program through Latino owned and operated partner organizations to expand NPS outreach into the Latino communities nationally and develop deep and sustainable relationships. 
Establish a pipeline for converting talented Latino students into career conditional positions in the NPS.

Age 18 to 35 
Be a US citizen, legal resident, or have a J-1 Visa 
Be enrolled in a post-secondary educational program or have graduated from college within the past one year 
Have a strong interest — or relevant experience — in areas pertaining to resource management, biology, history, historic preservation, museum studies, archaeology, cultural interpretation, anthropology or other related fields 
Bilingual skills (Spanish/English) — helpful and more needed for some positions 
Be social media savvy! 

How to Apply:

Applications must be submitted by February 6, 2017 (11:59 p.m., applicant’s time zone). Applications will only bee accepted through the online application at Top candidates will be selected for interviews. 

Placement decisions will generally be made by April. The paid 10 to 11-week internship period will begin in late May through early June 2017 and conclude in August through early September 2017 depending on specific requirements of the project site.