National Capital Region - Washington, DC

Community Outreach and Programming Intern 


The LHIP intern will be tasked with maintaining and establishing partnerships with the local community, working with volunteers, planning and implementing engagement programming, and facilitating exciting community events. The intern will be provided with formal mentors and a cadre of informal mentors from several program areas within the National Capital Regional Office, Office of Partnerships, Youth and Community Engagement.  The team will assist the intern with learning all there is to know about the National Capital Region and support them throughout the internship. One mentor will provide day to day insight on community engagement and programmatic details while the other will provide support to the individual by finding and recommending training, professional opportunities, and larger outreach opportunities to address their area of interest(s). This position will allow those who are new to recreation in the area as well as those who are seasoned in various forms of recreation to share stories, resources and provide advice and information to increase visitation not only national parks, but all public lands in the area.  Some of their main objectives will include: 

  • Create strong bonds that are last generations to create true national park stewards and supporters.
  • Maintain social media accounts and foster continued engagement with the community


  • Preferred degrees in Parks & Recreation, Environmental Education, Outdoor Recreation, Cultural Resources, or Natural Resources would be beneficial, but not required. 
  • Legal state driver license 
  • Passionate for the outdoors and willingness to explore
  • Interpersonal skills​​

About the Adventure Station: 

The Adventure Station is an urban visitor center that was created in partnership between the National Park Service and Recreation Equipment, Inc. (REI). This partnership is unique in that it is the first of its kind in that it will focus on engaging the surrounding business and community-which is a critical population that encompasses several demographics.  The National Capital Region and our work with REI and the Adventure Station is built on addressing the need to diversify not only in our workplace, but also in the communities that we engage. By creating this urban visitor center, our goal is to be strategic in how we interact with nearby community members. We have a mission to establish and maintain long-standing relationships with the community–one of the most diverse and complex communities in the country- to show them that the parks and units that we maintain are for them and their families.