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Cultural Resources & Historic Preservation Internships

Why work as an intern? Internships are rewarding, career-building experiences. Working as an intern is an excellent way to explore a career while gaining valuable experience and new insights. A summer job doing the kind of work you may be considering for a career can help you better gauge your own skills and desires, make valuable contacts, and even consider new options. Cultural resources and historic preservation work--the job of identifying, documenting, preserving, and interpreting the varied aspects of human culture--involves many skills; an internship can open your eyes to the various opportunities that this kind of work holds.

Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program

The CRDIP is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to explore the cultural resources/historic preservation field. Each summer and academic year, the CRDIP offers paid internships with National Park Service park units and administrative offices, other federal agencies, state historic preservation offices, local governments, and private organizations. Intern hosts provide work experiences that assist interns with building their resumes in this field. Learn more about the CRDIP.

Learn about more National Park Service internships. In addition, there are other internship programs that provide students with ways to explore their career options in the field of cultural resources, historic preservation, public history and heritage preservation.

As you explore these pages, we hope you find what you are looking for – but even more importantly, we hope you discover something that surprises you. We invite you to learn more about history and how the National Park Service works to preserve it.