National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior

Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program


The Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program provides a career exploration opportunity for diverse undergraduate and graduate students ages 18-25 in historic preservation/cultural resources work. The program places interns with National Park Service park units and administrative offices, other federal agencies, state historic preservation offices, local governments, and private organizations. Intern sponsors provide work experiences that assist interns with building their resumes in this field.

This program serves two purposes:

(1) Diverse undergraduate and graduate students ages 18-25 gain exposure to and experience in the historic preservation/cultural resources field.

(2) National Park Service and partnership organizations have the opportunity to meet promising young people who might choose to work in the field.

Internships are offered during the summer (10 weeks). Projects include editing publications, planning exhibits, participating in archeological excavations, preparing research reports, cataloguing park and museum collections, providing interpretive programs on historical topics, developing community outreach, and writing lesson plans based on historical themes.

Students Apply

Both undergraduate and graduate students can participate in 10 week, paid internships during May/June through August.

The 2014 student application deadline is March 3, 2014. All student applications are processed through the Student Conservation Association (SCA).

To apply:

  • Applicants must between the ages of 18 and 25.
  • Create or update an existing SCA Internship application at using Application/Promo Code: PO-00440237. This field can be found on the landing page of your existing SCA application or when creating a new application.
  • Make sure your application dates reflect your availability for a summer internship.
  • Attach a Resume, cover letter (including a brief statement about why you are interested in and qualified for the program), and transcript (unofficial is acceptable).
  • Include three references.
  • Contact with the subject line “NPS CRDIP” to request an application fee waiver or with any questions.

    Paloma Bolasny,Diversity Internship Coordinator
    202.354.2174 (telephone)
    202.371.2229 (fax)

    Cultural Resources
    National Park Service
    1849 C Street, NW (2280)
    Washington , DC 20240-0001

    The Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program is funded by The NPS Youth Programs and Cultural Resources Divisions of the National Park Service and participating Intern Sponsors. It is administered in partnership with the Student Conservation Association.

    • Career WorKSHOP

      Image of Interns at the Douglass Home

      Interns visited Frederick Douglass National Historic Site during the Career Workshop in August 2005.


      Image of intern working

      An intern participated in excavating and cataloguing prehistoric artifacts for the Indiana State Museum in the summer 2005.