Beringia, A Shared Heritage

The Shared Beringian Heritage Program recognizes and celebrates the unique natural resources and rich cultural heritage shared by Russia and the United States across the landscapes and seascapes known as Beringia. The program resulted from a commitment by Presidents George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991 to expand cooperation in the field of environmental protection and the study of global change. Projects, research, and staff of the program aim to improve local, national, and international understanding of these shared resources and values and to sustain the cultural vitality of Native peoples in the region. 

2021-2022 internship opportunity. Come work with us!

The NPS Shared Beringian Heritage program is welcoming applications for a Science Communication assistant position. The position will assist with researching and communicating scientific information about biology, ecology, geology, subsistence, culture, history, and socioeconomics of the region through web content and social media. One of the internship’s primary objectives is to provide the intern with an introduction to the work of the US and Russian National Parks in the Bering Strait region, help them build lasting work connections and skills, and foster their personal growth by encouraging them to apply their existing skills, talents and interests towards developing a smaller project to advance the SBHP mission.  

The intern should have an interest in the natural and cultural resources of Alaska and Russia, an interest in international affairs, and strong writing and editing skills. Previous knowledge of Alaska Native and Russian indigenous cultures and experience with culturally responsive communication as well as a broad understanding of northern environments and issues are highly desirable. Undergraduate degree preferred, but advanced undergraduates will also be considered. 

The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident (“green-card-holder”) between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, inclusive, or veterans up to age 35. Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be required.

This is a full-time appointment, which will start on October 1, 2021 and last for 26 weeks. Compensation is $525 /week, total of $13,650.

Full position details and application instructions are here: GSA Application for Student Opportunities (

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Last updated: May 12, 2021