Intern Kevin Ruth stands with supervisor Karl Benda near fire detection and suppression equipment in a fire pump room.

Kevin Ruth (left), previous fire protection intern for Keweenaw National Historical Park with supervisor Karl Benda, in the visitor center fire pump room at the park.

Ten-Week Fire Protection Internships

Fire Protection internships provide an opportunity to work for the National Park Service and help protect some of our nation’s most treasured sites.

Students will be asked to complete a thorough 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 them.

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:

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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.

How Do I Apply?

All internship positions have been filled for Summer 2016. Application information for Summer 2017 will be available by December 1, 2016.

Need more information?

Visit our About Our Mission page to learn more about the National Park Service Structural Fire Program.

Contact National Fire Prevention Program Manager, Brian Johnson, via e-mail, or phone 208.387.5497 for questions regarding the internships.