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Latino Heritage Internship Program, deadline Mar 31st

Are you interested in an internship with the National Parks Service this summer?

Latino Heritage Internship Program

The National Park Service and Hispanic Access Foundation’s Latino Heritage Internship Program is designed to engage the next generation of conservation stewards. The program will raise awareness of our national parks and historic sites, their accessibility and the need for the Latino community’s involvement in their preservation. For this purpose, HAF will select and oversee twenty highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students to work alongside NPS historians, interpreters, archaeologists, architects, and curators on cultural resources projects in different park units, offices and historical sites throughout the nation.

Background & Goals

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. This program will seek to increase the engagement of Latinos, as they are currently the most underrepresented population group in the NPS workforce.

The program will advance employment and community engagement opportunities with an emphasis on cultural resource stewardship and interpretation issues. It will target undergraduates and graduate students, while developing mission critical internship projects that will support NPS goals and objectives. The experience will create strong mentor and protégé relationships and support the career growth of talented students. In addition, it will help to expand NPS outreach into Latino communities nationally and develop deep and sustainable partnerships.

Basic Eligibility

  • Age 18 to 35
  • Possess US citizenship or US work authorization (J-1 visa)
  • Be enrolled in a post-secondary educational program or have graduated from college within the past year
  • Have a strong interest — or relevant experience —  in areas pertaining to history, historic preservation, public history, museum studies, archaeology, cultural interpretation, landscape architecture, anthropology or other related fields.
  • Bilingual skills (Spanish/English) — helpful and more needed for some positions
  • Be social media savvy!

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Paulo Vasconcelos is the South-Metro Salem STEM Webmaster and a Graduate Student in the Renewable Energy program at Oregon Tech. The South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership (SMSP) is a collaboration of school districts, community colleges, universities, out-of-school programs and business and community partners that is focused on increasing student access and success in STEM fields.