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

Kevin Ruth (left), previous 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 and help protect some of our nation’s most treasured sites.

Students will be asked to complete a thorough fire protection review of a historic structure or a building with historic collections to assess the building’s actual risks from fire and provide recommendations to help alleviate them.

Interns may also have the opportunity to:

  • Develop a fire inspection program by identifying target hazard buildings.
  • Develop evacuation plans.
  • Assist with the development of inspection, testing, and maintenance (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:

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Internship Benefits and Eligibility

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

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 fire protection engineers who will provide mentoring and advice.

Depending on the recruitment method used, interns may receive a salary or a stipend, be provided housing at little to no cost, receive a travel reimbursement, or may be eligible for a scholarship. Details will be provided when the internship offer is made.

How Do I Apply?

To increase the candidate pool in 2016, two methods of recruitment are being offered: 

  1. Interested students can access the job announcement and apply on the USAJOBS website, the official one-stop source for federal jobs and employment information. Qualified students will be hired under the Pathways Internship Program with the National Park Service and will work as an employee for 10 weeks. Students will be paid a salary, but they will be responsible for the cost of traveling to the park and paying a small fee for housing.
  2. Students can apply through the Student Conservation Association (SCA), an organization that is committed to developing the next generation of conservation leaders. If selected through SCA, students will receive a weekly stipend, obtain housing at no cost, and receive a travel stipend. Students will also be eligible for a $1200 scholarship through SCA.

Applying at both sites is highly encouraged. Compensation as an employee and SCA intern will be almost identical.

Links to the two intern announcements will be active in early December 2015.

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.