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Mass Parks Student Career Intake Program SCIP

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The Mass Parks Student Career Intake Program
Developing Home Grown Future Leaders of the
National Park Service



The Mass Parks Student Career Intake Program or SCIP is an innovative collaborative internship program that provides a structured progression of career training for promising local youth from urban and minority communities. Participants in SCIP progress through rigorous mission engagement and career exploration activities as they prepare for their careers as National Park Service leaders and stewards. During the summer they travel throughout Massachusetts engaging with NPS professionals, volunteers and interns exploring career opportunities and aspects of natural resources, cultural resources, interpretation, law enforcement, the traditional arts, education and partnerships.

SCIP participants work in the fields of interpretation, administration, maintenance, natural resources and law enforcement at six different national park sites including Lowell NHP, Salem Maritime NHS, John F. Kennedy NHS, New Bedford Whaling NHP, Boston Harbor Islands NPA and Boston NHP. Recruited locally by participating park site staff, the SCIP participants have over 50 years of National Park Service experience through park curriculum-based and vocational cooperative education programs, volunteer opportunities and youth employment and partner programs such as the Youth Conservation Corps, as well as seasonal positions.

SCIP experiences serve as a model for successful urban youth intake program development through a formal evaluation study and program model. These works demonstrate success, share intern perspectives considering lessons learned and inform future program development

Director's Goals Met: Workforce, Relevancy, Stewardship

A Call to Action: #33 Home Grown, #35 Welcome Aboard, #36 Value Diversity, #2 Step By Step, #18 Ticket to Ride

Workforce: Multi-year mentoring experience leading to SCEP appointments and permanent employment with the NPS for candidates directly meeting goals for diversity.
Stewardship and Relevancy:

Youth Journey On the High Seas: Friendship Sails! NYC

Partner with YIP from FOMC and GATE
Advisory Group:
Composed of NER Youth Programs Manager, participating park superintendents, program manager, partners from TIOBEC and University of Vermont. Guides processes from recruitment, hiring, sustainability and develops annual program goals.


Demographics:Thirteen youth. African American (3), Hispanic (4) Asian (5), Caucasian (1) in the career fields of maintenance, administration and interpretation.

Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center (TIOBEC)

The University of Vermont (UVM)

Conservation Study Institute (CSI)

Work with Advisory Group, program manager, interns and stakeholders to develop a program model assessing program accomplishments, challenges and considerations for further development.

See SCIP Model and Evaluation Report

Phase I: Completed and reported to Advisory Group January 2011.

Phase II: In Progress. How do the participants view participation in SCIP as part of desired outcomes of professional development.

Phase III: Initial planning stages.

Visit the SCIP Blog:


SCIP youth record their experiences through social media. Follow our blog to keep up with our adventures.


Kelly Fellner, National Park Service Northeast Regional Office, Youth and Volunteer Coordinator

Amy Glowacki, Youth Program Coordinator, Lowell National Historical Park

Did You Know?

Mile of Mills, Lowell, MA

Francis Cabot Lowell died before his colleagues began planning the industrial city of unprecedented order and scale that would eventually be named Lowell, Massachusetts.