Structural Fire Protection Internships

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

People lean over to look inside large plastic tubes placed in wooden racks.
Structural Fire Protection Interns Lisa Wier, Eric Johnson, and Liora Mervis assist Regional Structural Fire Program Specialist Raul Castillo with inspections of the racks and tubes for the fireworks at the National Mall..


Every summer, the NPS Structural Fire Program recruits interns to assist parks and regional offices complete program requirements.

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 third year of fire protection engineering, fire administration, or fire investigation studies or have entered a master’s program in those disciplines.

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.

How Do I Apply?

The recruitment process is closed for Summer 2023 and all internship positions have been filled.

Application information and benefits for Summer 2024 will be posted in the late fall.

Need More Information?

Learn more about the National Park Service Structural Fire Program. Contact Roberta Gorman, Structural Fire Prevention Program Manager, at (208) 387-5782 with questions regarding these internships.

Last updated: April 4, 2023