Internships

Conservancy_Sara Curtis_CVNP_Native seed collection
Interns Claire, Audrey, Lucy, and Theresa collect native seeds to be grown in the native nursery. These interns worked for the Resource Management division of Cuyahoga Valley.

Conservancy for CVNP / Sara Curtis

An internship can be a great way to get started in a park-related career. At Cuyahoga Valley you can explore career options related to outdoor education, park management, recreation, natural and cultural resource management, and non-profit management. Some of the benefits of internships include:

  • Gaining practical experience
  • Applying classroom learning
  • Gaining professional skills and self-confidence
  • Establishing connections and building a network of professional contacts

There are often a variety of internships available in the national park. Positions will be posted as they become available. You can also contact our Volunteer Management Office at volunteer@forcvnp.org.

Current Internships at Cuyahoga Valley

Community Engagement Intern (2 positions)

Dates of internship: mid-May through mid-August (start date is flexible)
Hours: 40 hours per week. Work days will be varied with some evening shifts required.
Location: Dzerzynski House (1558 Boston Mills Rd, Peninsula, 44264)
Assist National Park Service rangers in providing recreational programming to diverse audiences, providing informal interpretive services, and staffing visitor contact stations.
Skills Required:

  • Strong organizational and communication skills (speaking and writing).
  • Experience in coordinating activities for the general public and organized groups.
  • Ability to be self-motivated and to work independently with an energetic and professional attitude.
  • Ability to work well with diverse audiences, especially youth.
  • Comfort in the outdoors.

Other requirements: Applicants must complete a National Park Service Volunteer-in-Parks Agreement and may be subject to a background investigation. U.S. citizenship, valid driver’s license, and reliable transportation required. Local candidates only.
Salary/benefits: No stipend is available. Students may obtain internship credit with university upon approval of academic advisor. Interns are eligible for injury compensation and tort claims the same as federal employees and are considered to be federal employees for those purposes only.
Outcomes: Interns will come away with enhanced communication skills, training in informal and formal interpretation, exposure to working with volunteers and partnership programs in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Interns will also gain skills working with diverse audiences.
How to apply: Email your resume and cover letter to volunteer@forcvnp.org with the position title as the subject line.

Cultural Resources Member (CRDIP)

Dates of internship: May 6–July 26, 2024
Application timeline: early consideration will be given as applications are received; this position may close at any time

Help the national park's cultural resources staff with archival research on historic properties in the park. The Cultural Resources Member will:

  • Conduct research to find and scan historic maps of a defined area.
  • Develop Geographic Information System (GIS) layers from those maps.
  • Assist the archeologist with fieldwork and section 106 compliance.
  • Assist the museum curator with curation and research requests.
  • Have the opportunity to attend several professional development webinars and write blogs or create videos about their projects.

Visit the Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (CRDIP) website for more information and to apply. CRDIP is a professional development internship that introduces students and recent graduates, from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the national parks, to career opportunities in Cultural Resource Management in the NPS.


Thank you for your interest in our internships. More positions will be posted as they become available. Please continue to check back. You can also contact our Volunteer Management Office for more information.

 

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    Last updated: February 12, 2024

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