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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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 official LHIP website for more information

  • Ages 18 to 30 inclusive, and recent military veterans up to age 35 or younger

  • 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 and career professionals across the country

  • Experience history and nature through exciting work opportunities

  • Work in some of the most amazing historic locations in the country

  • Gain entry-level exposure to careers in public lands management

  • Those who successfully complete all requirements may be eligible for the Public Lands Corps noncompetitive hiring authority or the Direct Hire Resource Assistant Authority

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 $640 to $720 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 offices throughout the 50 states, District of Columbia, and US territories.

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. Find more information about the application process here.

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Learn About Interns And Their Projects

Since the Latino Heritage Internship Program's launch in 2015, over 300 people have interned at almost 200 National Park Service parks and programs in a variety of career fields.

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.

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Meet The Interns

Current and former interns share about their careers, personal goals, accomplishments and why they chose the NPS.

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Blogs And Projects

Learn more about their amazing projects in conservation, historical preservation, education and more, and their experiences at the NPS.

LHIP News and Stories

From community outreach and communications, to historical preservation and scientific research, every year LHIP interns spend their summer working to protect and preserve our public lands. Follow National Park Service news and stories about the internship program, past and present LHIP interns, and their amazing projects.

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