RLC Internships and Fellowships

Young woman leans over trays filled with mussels.
Student at Gateway Research Learning Center conducts an experiment on energy consumption and growth of mussels.

NPS Photo

Research Learning Centers offer paid internships and fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students to conduct science and science education in national parks.

Several internship opportunities are listed below or explore individual RLCs to learn more about specific opportunities at a Research Learning Center in your area.

Internship Opportunities

Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center

Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center at Glacier National Park periodically enlists the help of student interns to assist with various research and education projects. These internships typically run 12 weeks through the summer field season (June-August). Most interns work closely with our Citizen Science Program, but we also offer internships in science communication, curriculum development, and sustainability when funding and projects arise. Learn more about this year’s internships.

Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center

Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center at Point Reyes National Seashore (Northern California) provides approximately 12 internships each year via the Point Reyes National Seashore Association. Internships are in the areas of range management, botany, wildlife ecology, archaeology, museum studies, marine ecology, GIS, paleontology, science communication, and historic preservation. Most internships are in the summer, but some occur during fall-winter-spring. Internships are posted at www.ptreyes.org/about/jobs.

Desert Research Learning Center

Desert Research Learning Center is located in Saguaro National Park in Tucson (Arizona) and provides internships and volunteer opportunities in research and monitoring at 11 parks in the Sonoran Desert. Internships are 3-12 months in length, typically include onsite housing, and are in the areas of hydrology, wildlife sciences, botany, soil science, and climate assessments. See https://science.nature.nps.gov/im/units/sodn/volunteering.cfm for details.

Murie Science and Learning Center

Murie Science and Learning Center, located in Denali National Park and Preserve (Alaska), regularly seeks a science communication Intern to help with web work, exhibit design, and social media projects relating to all disciplines of park science. The internships typically run for 12 weeks in summertime and include onsite housing.

North Coast and Cascades Research Learning Center

North Coast and Cascades Research Learning Center provides internships in network parks. In 2017, internships will be offered at Olympic National Park on glacial loss through the George Melendez Wright Young Leaders in Climate Change program (http://parksclimateinterns.org/index.php/internships/available-internships/); at Mount Rainier National Park (butterfly surveys) and Lewis and Clark National Historical Park (wetlands) through the Mosaics in Science Program (https://www.nps.gov/subjects/youthprograms/mosaics.htm); and at North Cascades National Park (butterfly surveys) through the Latino Heritage Program (https://hispanicaccess.org/our-projects/latino-heritage-internship-program).

Fellowship Opportunities

Crater Lake National Park Science & Learning Center

Crater Lake National Park Science & Learning Center offers annual fellowships for senior undergraduate and graduate students in a degree-seeking university program. Our goal is to support student research at Crater Lake National Park that can inform and advance the needs of management and decision making at the park in four general areas: aquatic resources, terrestrial resources, social science, and applied technology and GIS. Project goals and products should be completed in one year although collaboration is highly desirable, especially if the partnership can bridge to future projects. See https://www.nps.gov/rlc/craterlake/student-fellowships.htm for details and contact information.

Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center

The Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center, in collaboration with the Rocky Mountain CESU, created the Jerry O’Neal NPS student fellowship to support research in Glacier National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. The fellowship aims to provide educational assistance for students seeking to understand natural and cultural resource issues and how these intersect with human values. Applicants must be a student from a Rocky Mountain CESU member college or university. More information about the fellowship can be found at https://www.nps.gov/glac/learn/ccrlc-internships.htm.

Last updated: January 5, 2017