Latino Heritage Internship Program

The Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) is a partnership with the National Park Service and Environment for the Americas designed to provide internship opportunities for young adults, with an emphasis on Latinos, in a variety of career fields. The program helps raise awareness of public lands, including national parks, and engage the next generation of stewards. Find additional information about the internship program on the official LHIP website.

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LHIP intern standing outside

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Program Goals and Objectives

  • The Latino Heritage Internship Program supports a number of the Department of the Interior priorities.

  • Introduces employment opportunities in the National Park Service with an emphasis on cultural and natural resource stewardship, interpretation, and community outreach to Latino young adults.

  • Develops mission critical internship projects that support the NPS goals and objectives at national parks and offices.

  • Collaborates with Latino conservation organizations to help expand NPS outreach into Latino communities nationally and develop deep and sustainable relationships.

  • Establishes a pipeline for converting talented Latino students into career positions in the NPS.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Find answers to some frequently asked questions about the internship. Visit the offical LHIP website for more information or contact Ernestine White with questions related to LHIP internships with the National Park Service.

• Ages 18 to 30 inclusive, and military veterans up to age 35
• US citizens or permanent residents
• Students enrolled in an accredited educational qualifying institution
• Must have a strong interest or relevant experience in history, historic preservation, public history, museum studies, archaeology, cultural interpretation, landscape architecture, engineering, anthropology or other related fields.
• Bilingual skills (fluent in Spanish/English) are helpful, but not required.
• Learn new skills
• Gain marketable career experience
• Network with colleagues across the country
• Experience history through exciting work opportunities
• Work in some of the most amazing historic locations in the country
• Gain entry-level exposure to careers in the federal government
Most LHIP internships begin early summer with a possibility to extend through the academic year.
Most LHIP internships are 10 or 11 weeks long with a possibility to extend through the academic year.
Yes. The current LHIP stiped is $420 to $500 per week with the possibility of additional travel and housing stipends.
Locations for LHIP internships vary each year. They can be located at National Park Service parks and program offiices throughout the 50 states, District of Columbia, and US territories. Sign up for notifications about available internships.
The application period for spring/summer internships is usually in mid December through early February. Applications can only be submitted through the official LHIP website. Sign up for notifications about upcoming and available internships.
Intern wearing a face mask taking a selfie while social distancing

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Meet the Interns

Meet the interns from each year and learn more about their projects, personal goals, and accomplishments. Since LHIP’s creation in 2014, more than 240 people have interned at almost 200 National Park Service parks and programs in a variety of career fields.

In 2020, there were 27 LHIP interns working in person or virtually at 26 national parks and programs across the country. Even with the unique challenges, LHIP interns are making valuable contributions to stewardship of public lands as they are teleworking or joining in the #RecreateResponsibly movement to promote health and safety while on the job.

Chamizal National Memorial
Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network
Cultural Resources, Partnerships and Science and NPS Citizen Science Steering Committee
Dinosaur National Monument
Everglades Park
Fire Island National Seashore
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
Indiana Dunes National Park
Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
Minute Man National Historical Park
National Parks of Boston
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site
Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation
Point Reyes National Seashore
Rocky Mountain National Park
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
San Francisco Bay Area Inventory and Monitoring Program
Saguaro National Park
Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Southeast Archeology Center
Wupatki National Monument

Looking Back On 2020 Interns

Now that internships are underway, check back in with this year's interns who are sharing their personal goals, accomplishments, and thoughts with others may be interested in LHIP internships, careers with the National Park Service, or stewardship of public lands.

Latino Conservation Week

Annually, in late July, the Hispanic Access Foundation hosts Latino Conservation Week for partners across the country to engage Latino communities in stewardship of public lands and enjoying the great outdoors. In 2020, Latino Heritage Internship Program interns across the country worked on their own Latino Conservation Week projects. Join the celebration this year!

Infographic showing where LHIP interns are working, detailed alt text on the webpage

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Infographic intended to show the locations of where Latino Heritage Internship Program interns are working in 2020.

Title reads "Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP). Interns In Your Naitonal Parks".

Additional text reads "LHIP is a partnership by the Environment for the Americas, Hispanic Access Foundation, and National Park Service to support the next generation of stewards by providing hands-on experience in diverse career fields. In 2020, there are 27 interns working in 26 national parks and programs across the country. go.nps.gov/lhip".

The infographic illustration shows the general location of the following National Park Service parks and offices where interns are working in 2020:
Chamizal National Memorial (Texas)
Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network (Maryland coast)
Cultural Resources, Partnerships and Science and NPS Citizen Science Steering Committee (District of Columbia)
Dinosaur National Monument (Colorado)
Everglades Park (Florida)
Fire Island National Seashore (New York)
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (Colorado)
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site (North Carolina)
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site (Pennsylvania)
Indiana Dunes National Park (Indiana)
Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail (California)
Minute Man National Historical Park (Massachusetts)
National Parks of Boston (Massachusetts)
Lassen Volcanic National Park (California)
Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site (Massachusetts)
Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation (Massachusetts)
Point Reyes National Seashore (California)
Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado)
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (Texas)
San Francisco Bay Area Inventory and Monitoring Program (California)
Saguaro National Park (Arizona)
Salem Maritime
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites (Massachusetts)
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (California)
Southeast Archeology Center (Florida)
Wupatki National Monument (Arizona)
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      Last updated: January 24, 2021