Structural Fire Protection Internships

Structural fire intern working in Yosemite National Park 2017.
Caleb Madison, 2017 Structural Fire Protection Intern at Yosemite National Park, assists with a fire alarm acceptance test at Degnan’s Deli.

NPS photo/Don Coffman

Fire protection interns help protect our nation’s most treasured sites.

Interns will be asked to complete a thorough structural 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 the risks.

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:

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 be eligible for a scholarship. Details will be provided when the internship offer is made.

How Do I Apply?

The recruitment process has been closed for Summer 2018. Recruitment for the 2019 season will open in the fall.

Two methods of recruitment are typically offered and applying at both sites is highly encouraged. (Compensation as an employee and SCA intern will be almost identical):

  1. USAJOBS: Is the official one-stop source for federal jobs and employment information and interested students can apply during an open application period. 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. Student Conservation Association (SCA): Is 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 $1,200 scholarship through SCA.

Need more information?

Learn more about the National Park Service Structural Fire Program. Contact National Park Service Structural Fire Branch Chief, Brian Johnson at 208-387-5497 for questions regarding the internships.

Last updated: April 4, 2018