Three types of Geoscientists-in-the-Parks positions are offered each year: standard GIPs, Guest Scientists, and Diversity Internships.
- Standard GIP positions typically last for 10 - 12 weeks during the spring/summer or fall/winter seasons.is an entry level internship that focuses on career exploration and building fundamental natural resource science skills. These positions are primarily for undergraduate students studying STEM fields. Each GIP Intern will receive a weekly stipend of $300, park-provided housing or a housing allowance, and a travel allowance.
- Guest Scientist internships are more complex than entry level internships, may last longer than 3 months to complete, and are usually filled by students or recent graduates with a higher level of expertise or experience. These internships are intended to further develop the participant’s technical and other professional skills. Each Guest Scientist will receive a weekly stipend of $350 or more, park-provided housing or a housing allowance, and a travel allowance. Guest Scientist positions may last up to one year. A limited number of Guest Scientist positions open to person older than 35 years old.
Direct Hire Authority (DHA) Resource Assistant internships target exceptional upper level undergraduate or graduate students, or recent graduates that are interested in natural resource science careers with the federal government. Resource Assistant positions are rigorous internships that develop the participant’s technical and creative thinking abilities, leadership skills, and problem-solving capabilities. DHA positions must last a minimum of 11 weeks during the summer. Persons selected for these positions need to be involved in science projects that generate data that can be analyzed and presented to management at the end of the internship. If the position is an education or interpretation project, the participant must research, develop, and present the program or materials at the host site. Each DHA Resource Assistant will receive a weekly stipend of $400, park-provided housing or a housing allowance, and a travel allowance.