Latino Heritage Internship Program

The Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP), administered in partnership between the National Park Service, Hispanic Access Foundation, and Environment for the Americas, is designed’s 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, 2018. 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 2018 and conclude in July through early September 2018 depending on specific requirements of the project site.
  • Direct Hiring Authority positions will last 11 weeks

Background and Goals

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 2018 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 the program website 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

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument - Coolidge, AZ
Cultural Resources Intern - Archeology
Work closely with National Park Service staff to preserve Casa Grande Ruins National Monument cultural resources and conduct independent research on the monument’s heritage 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

El Malpais and El Morro National Monuments - Grants, NM
Ethnohistorian Assistant

Organize and compile interview materials including transcriptions of interviews, photographs, maps, and field notes pertaining to the Monuments’ history into an ethnohistorical report. READ MORE

Everglades National Park Pine District - Homestead, FL
Interpretative Intern
Research the natural and cultural resources within Everglades National Park and the greater Everglades ecosystem, and use this information to educate park visitors on important resource topics. READ MORE

Kings Canyon National Park - Three Rivers, CA
Cedar Grove Interpretation Intern

Help provide Bilingual interpretation and visitor services at Kings Canyon National Park in the Cedar Grove District. READ MORE

Kings Canyon National Park - Three Rivers, CA
Grant Grove Interpretation Intern

Help provide Bilingual interpretation and visitor services at Kings Canyon National Park in the Grant Grove District. READ MORE

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park- San Antonio, TX
Multimedia Outreach Intern

Assist San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in connecting with diverse local populations by creating a relevant, curated, multimedia online presence for the park. READ MORE

Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites - Salem, MA
Preschool Education/Interpretation Intern

Plan and implement bilingual and intergenerationally-relevant educational and interpretive programs for local communities. READ MORE

Submerged Resources Center - Denver, CO
Underwater Archeology Intern

Become part of the Submerged Resources Center team of underwater archeologists and provide key support in conducting diving surveys in multiple park units. 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

Santa Monica National Recreation Area - Los Angeles, CA
Marketing Intern
Work to bridge the National Park Service with Spanish speaking communities in Los Angeles by designing and using creative visual media. READ MORE

Lake Mead National Recreation Area - Las Vegas, NV
Visual Information Intern
Learn about the history of America’s first, largest and most diverse national recreation area and the Rivers and Trails System, while working to develop visual materials celebrating the National Trails System anniversary.  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:

Joshua Tree National Park - Twentynine Palms, CA
Historic Structures GIS and Data Visualization Specialist

Work within the Science and Resource Stewardship Division to collate GIS data from numerous existing datasets to create a cohesive and comprehensive database of the park’s historic structures. 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

National Parks of Boston - Boston, MA 
Youth Engagement Digital Communications Specialist 

Supports a youth leadership program that will engage twelve Latino youth (ages 15-18) from Boston neighborhoods in exploring their heritage, finding their voices and discovering connections between their own lives and stories associated with the National Parks of Boston. READ MORE

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks - California
Park Interpreter and Marketing Advisor 

Produce a targeted business plan focusing on bilingual and Spanish-speaking park visitors, which includes a market analysis, proposed products, and a promotion strategy. READ MORE