The Future Park Leaders Internship Program has a new name! Opportunities will now be available under the name Scientists in Parks. Check out the new program here to learn about internship options for Summer 2021.

Here is a list of the 2020 Summer Internships.

Understanding Cultural Resource Coastal Climate Vulnerabilities at Jean Lafitte NHP

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), Natchitoches, LA

Project Summary: Losing critical wetlands along Louisiana’s coast is resulting in the rapid and unprecedented destruction of archaeological sites and traditional cultural properties (TCPs). This investigation will document and examine the ways the cultural record is affected by coastal land loss and shall serve as a comparative analog for similar deltaic environments worldwide.

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Develop Species-Specific Management Strategies for Endangered Plants in Light of Changing Conditions

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (CHOH), Hagerstown, MD

Project Summary: Identify effective management techniques to protect and conserve endangered plant species in one of the most biodiverse areas of the national park system.  Collaborate with agency and non-profit partners to support populations under threat from changes in climate, hydrology, and surrounding development.

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Monitoring the Impacts of Everglades Restoration on Tree Island Archeological Sites 

Everglades National Park (EVER), Homestead, FL

Project Summary: Study and model impacts of everglades restoration (increasing water flow into the everglades ecosystem) on tree island archeology sites. Develop monitoring protocols to track the long-term impacts of changing water levels on tree island archeological deposits.

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Map Visitor Use Impacts & Assess Interaction with Atmospheric Nitrogen Deposition and Climate Change

Rocky Mountain National Park (ROMO), Estes Park, CO

Project Summary: Investigate, map, and analyze resource impacts associated with increasing visitor use at the third most visited National Park in the country, Rocky Mountain National Park. Support park management by determining the relationship of these impacts with other stressors including atmospheric nitrogen deposition and climate change to inform future management decisions and protect valuable resources.

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Assessing Conditions for Coral Reef Restoration

War in the Pacific National Historic Park (WAPA), Hagatna, Guam

Project Summary: Assess environmental conditions within shallow WAPA coral reef waters for identification of potential coral restoration sites.

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Developing a Climate Smart Conservation Framework for Aquatic Resources

Greater Yellowstone Network and Yellowstone National Park (GRYN), Bozeman, MT

Project Summary: This internship sets the stage for a regional aquatic conservation workshop by integrating existing literature, climate projections and project mapping to identify strengths, weaknesses and unrealized opportunities in aquatic conservation in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem!

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Quantifying the Emerging Threat of Marine Debris on Sea Turtles

Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS), Corpus Christi, TX

Project Summary: Help sea turtle conservation by researching the historical and present-day impact of marine debris ingestion by sea turtles at Padre Island National Seashore.

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Understanding and Communicating the Rapid Loss of Coastal Glaciers through Mapping and Photography

Kenai Fjords National Park (KEFJ), Seward, AK

Project Summary: This project will measure and document rates of change of Alaska tidewaters glaciers currently at the cusp of retreat from the marine environment and will communicate results to the public and scientists interested in understanding changing fjord dynamics.

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Oak Tree Demography Post-Wildfire and Comparing High Resolution Image Analysis to Ground Truthing

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SAMO), Thousand Oaks, CA

Project Summary: SMMNRA needs mapping and field verification of the scale and geographic distribution of oak dieback following ten years of drought and fire. These data will direct restoration and management decisions by the park for its oak species.

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Assessing Cultural Heritage Vulnerability in Response to Catastrophic Wildfire

Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL), Jemez Springs, NM

Project Summary: The internship at Valles Caldera will focus on the development of a geospatial model that assesses cultural resource vulnerability on the landscape-scale to inform management decisions during wildland fire.

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Fire and Ice: Ice Features Inventory and Monitoring in Volcanic Caves

Lava Beds National Monument (LABE), Tulelake, CA

Project Summary: Caring for ice in a land of fire… Here is your chance to create an Ice Features Inventory and Monitoring program needed for evaluating changes in ice in the volcanic caves of Lava Beds National Monument.

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Climate Change Impacts on a Zoonotic Disease in an Alpine Ecosystem

Lassen Volcanic National Park (LAVO), Mineral, CA

Project Summary: The intern selected for this project will coordinate with Lassen Volcanic National Park (LAVO), Washington Office Biological Resources Divisions (WASO BRD), and USGS staff, to experimentally manipulate plague in LAVO to clarify its effects on pikas.

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