Latino Heritage Internship Program

The National Park Service and Hispanic Access Foundation’s Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) is designed to train young people in the skills of cultural, historical, natural resource management. 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 eighteen 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. Students will have substantive assignments in their areas of study, work closely with NPS staff day-to-day and receive additional mentoring and support through HAF. This summer, we will offer two types of LHIP internships:

LHIP Internship:

An entry internship that focuses on career exploration and building fundamental natural resource science skills. Each LHIP Intern will receive a weekly stipend of $400 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. Interns who successfully complete 640 hours of work in one or more eligible internships and are under the age of 26 will be eligible for the Public Land Corps noncompetitive hiring authority for 120 days 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.

LHIP Direct Hiring Authority Resource Assistant internship (DHA-RA):

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, graduate students or recent graduates. DHA-RA interns will receive a weekly stipend of $480 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. 

Basic Eligibility

  • Age 18 to 35
  • Possess US citizenship or permanent residence
  • 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 — but not limited 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!


  • Applications must be submitted by February 6th, 2017. Top candidates will be selected for interviews between mid-January and March.  Placement decisions and assignments will generally be made during the month of March.
  • Standard LHIP positions will go for a 10-week period will begin in late May through early June 2017 and conclude in July through early September 2017 depending on specific requirements of the project site.
  • Direct Hiring Authority positions will last 11 weeks

Background and 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 these resources. 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. 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.

Selection criteria 

Candidates may express interest in specific geographic and thematic areas. Specific assignments will be based on best fit with specific requirements of each NPS location. Final candidates will undergo a background check before beginning their assignment. Applications will be reviewed and rated according to the following criteria:

  • Relevant educational and work experience
  • Oral and written communication skills 
  • Professionalism, technical knowledge, and expertise
  • Adaptability, adventurousness, and ability to work effectively with diverse audiences.


Available Positions

The LHIP 2017 internship assignments will take place at the locations listed below. You will be able to select up to three positions on the virtual application.
For more Latino Heritage Internship Program positions, visit Environment for the Americas at

C & O Canal National Historical Park - Great Falls, MD
Outreach and Education Coordinator
Work with National Park Service staff to offer new and continued opportunities for community engagement and establish strong working relationships with the park, volunteer supporters, and partners to ensure these community outreach efforts continue. READ MORE

 C & O Canal National Historical Park - Great Falls, MD
 Outreach and Education Coordinator
Work with National Park Service staff to offer new and continued opportunities for community engagement and establish strong working relationships with the park, volunteer supporters, and partners to ensure these community outreach efforts continue. READ MORE

NPS Washington Support Office - Washington, DC
Communications Intern

Work with the National Park Service Washington Support Office on nation-wide strategies to attract and engage new visitors to the national parks, and its mission to preserve and protect our nation's most important natural, cultural, and recreational areas. READ MORE

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks - California
Interpretative Experience Intern

Explore innovative practices in bilingual education, and help the park to develop and present interpretive products for the local Latino community and Latino visitors. READ MORE

Gateway National Recreation Area - Staten Island, NY
History Researcher
Research the history of military integration in the various sites of Gateway National Recreation Area: Fort Wadsworth, Fort Tilden, Fort Hancock, Floyd Bennett Field and Miller Field. READ MORE

National Capital Region - Washington, DC
Community Outreach and Programming Intern

Work at the Adventure Station urban visitor center  to establish and strengthen partnerships with local businesses, and engage diverse members of the local community in the DC area. READ MORE

Southeast Regional Office - Atlanta, GA
Partnerships and Community Engagement
Assist the Southeast Regional Office and metro-Atlanta NPS units in planning, implementing and tracking Latino Conservation Week activities, events, projects, and programs throughout the greater Atlanta area. READ MORE

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park- San Antonio, TX
Urban Ranger Program

Become an Urban Ranger and assist San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in connecting their natural and cultural resources with urban youth.  READ MORE

San Juan National Historical Park - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Digital Media Intern

The LHIP intern will assist the San Juan National Historic Site’s Division of Interpretation and Visitor Services  in developing a vast array of visual media projects, and in raising the visibility of the site by designing creative interpretive media. READ MORE

Chamizal National Memorial - El Paso, TX
Segundo Barrio (Second City) Outreach

Work closely with El Paso Parks and Recreation and organized youth groups in local neighborhoods to share the concept and values of the National Park Services, as well as the history and significance of Chamizal National Memorial. READ MORE

Historic American Buildings Survey - Washington, DC 

Conduct architectural measured drawing documentation of historic structures and/or sites, as well as working on drawings that interpret and explain industrial processes and engineering works. READ MORE

Manzanar National Historic Site - California
Education and Interpretation
The LHIP intern will assist in preserving and sharing the history at Manzanar National Historic Site, a site where the U.S. Government confined more than 11,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry and Japanese immigrants during World War II.  READ MORE

Lake Mead National Recreation Area - Las Vegas, NV
Communications Specialist
Receive true hands-on media, public affairs and community relations training and assist in interpretive and volunteer programs that promote conservation and preservation for one of the nation's busiest national parks.  READ MORE

Biscayne National Park - Homestead, FL
Underwater Archeology
Dive, identify and document Biscayne National Park’s submerged historic sites and help carry forward the search for a shipwreck site that has the potential to tell one of the most moving tales of human tragedy, savagery, and adventure ever witnessed in South Florida.  READ MORE


Direct Hiring Authority positions:

Everglades National Park - Miami, FL
Archives Outreach Intern

Work with Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks’ Division of Cultural Resources in increasing accessibility to the South Florida Collections Management Center, and  developing strategies to reach and engage new audiences. READ MORE

Everglades National Park - Miami, FL
Cultural History Education Intern

Spend a summer with Everglades National Park's Division of Resource Education and Interpretation to develop a curriculum-based program on the Cold War Nike Missile Site located within the park for middle and high school students. READ MORE

Lowell National Historical Park - Lowell, MA (This position has already been filled)
Community Engagement and Resource Assistant 

Work closely with Lowell National Historic Park to connect the local Latino community with the park’s partner, The Coalition for a Better Acre. READ MORE

Southeast Regional Office - Atlanta, GA 
Next Generation and Community Engagement

Work at the National Park Service Southeast Regional Office to develop an outreach strategy for the Atlanta, GA metro area to increase awareness of the NPS as an agency and as a community member. READ MORE