Latino Heritage Internship Program
The Latino Heritage Intern Program is a component of an overarching service-wide strategy to address and correct the lack of Latino employment opportunities in the National Park Service. The National Park Service is committed to engaging the next generation through the strategic use of student internships with partner organizations under Cooperative and Task Agreements. These agreements allow the NPS to invest in cost efficient strategies geared towards recruiting entry level talent, predicting future performance, and building a more diverse workforce. Preparing and integrating this generation into the NPS workforce is critical for the future of the Service.
About this position
National Trails Intermountain Region (NTIR) works with partners across nine national historic trails, one historic highway (Route 66), 25,000 miles, and 24 states to protect, develop, and promote these special places. The NTIR staff of interdisciplinary experts works with community groups, private landowners, nonprofit organizations, tribes, and federal, state, county, and local agencies to identify the resources, provide site planning and design, map the trail on the ground, and develop educational opportunities. Many of the historic trails administered by this office have strong Latino roots that span over four hundred years.Along Route 66, a 2012 Economic Impact Study conducted by Rutgers University revealed that Hispanic populations along the route are twice the national average, underscoring the need to better synthesize Hispanic heritage with the understanding and celebration of the Mother Road. In the past two years, LHIP has funded two important Route 66 Hispanic Heritage projects that have served to research and produce excellent information on the Hispanic heritage of Route 66 in the Greater Southwest. This new project Sharing Our History: Hispanic Legacies of Route 66 will work with the data and research produced over the last two years and develop interpretative materials that will benefit the communities that have participated in the two-year project and the general public.Sharing Our History: Hispanic Legacies of Route 66 is an interpretive and educational project that will highlight theunder-told stories of Hispanic peoples contributions to historic Route 66 in Texas and New Mexico. Specific project activities will include reviewing existing research, interviewing community members, historians, and other knowledge holders to collect additional information, writing interpretive text, gathering images, and working with a team of historians and interpreters to develop a web-based interpretive product. The end result will be an online interpretive presentation of history, places, people, and stories that deepens public awareness of the diversity of American experience on Route 66.
-Age 18 to 35
-Be a US citizen, legal resident, or have a J-1 Visa
-Be enrolled in a post-secondary educational program or have graduated from -college within the past one year
-Interest in learning more about archeology, historic preservation, curation, and cultural resource management with the NPS.
-Bilingual skills (Spanish/English) helpful and more needed for some positions
-Be social media savvy!
Related degrees: Interpretation, GIS, Communications, Sociology, History, American Studies, Chicano Studies, Community Planning, Historic Preservation Skills: Communication Oral and written, and with excellent grammar & editing skills; good researcher; quick learner
Strengths: Self-directed and able to work independently with broad project oversight and without needing step by step guidance; creative problem solver; resourceful and proactive