Intern Kevin Ruth stands with supervisor Karl Benda near fire detection and suppression equipment in a fire pump room.

Kevin Ruth (left), the 2012 fire protection intern for Keweenaw National Historical Park with supervisor Karl Benda, in the visitor center fire pump room at the park.

Ten-Week Fire Protection Internships

Fire Protection internships provide an opportunity to work for the National Park Service as a fire protection intern in a park or regional office.

Students are asked to complete a thorough fire protection review of a historic structure or a building with historic collections.

The initial review will focus on strict adherence to NFPA 1 and NFPA 101 requirements. A second review will focus on mitigating risks to the occupants, structure, and contents through a performance-based approach.

In addition, individual parks and regions will customize the intern’s work plan, according to their needs.

Interns may have the opportunity to:

  • Develop a fire inspection program by identifying target hazard buildings.
  • Develop evacuation plans.
  • Assist with the development of ITM plans for fire protection systems.
  • Conduct training classes on portable fire extinguishers.
  • Establish a hydrant inspection and flow test program.
  • Establish a hot work permit program.
  • Review plans for new construction.

Additional tasks will be specific to each work site, making this a unique opportunity.

A few locations in which previous fire protection interns have worked include:

Internship Benefits and Eligibility

Eligible students have completed their second year of fire protection engineering studies or have entered a master’s program in fire protection engineering.

Interns will have a chance to take their classroom knowledge and skills to a unique workplace with irreplaceable historic structures.

Throughout the summer, interns will have the support of a supervisor and a regional structural fire manager to review their work and provide subject matter expertise.

Additionally, interns will have access to two fire protection engineers who will provide mentoring and advice.

Interns will be paid a salary and will be provided housing at little cost.

How Do I Apply?

The application period is currently closed. In early 2015, the internship announcement will be linked through this page, and applicants may apply through the USA Jobs website, the official one-stop source for federal jobs and employment information.

Need more information?

Visit our About Our Mission page to learn more about the National Park Service Structural Fire Program.

Contact National Fire Prevention Program Manager, Brian Johnson, via e-mail, or phone 208.387.5497 for questions regarding the internships.

On-Campus Recruiting

National Park Service Structural Fire Program representatives visit university campuses to recruit for fire protection interns. Though recruiting is done for 2014, we will again be visiting campuses in 2015. Please check back next year.