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Mosaics in Science Internship Program

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Mosaics in Science interns gain valuable on-the ground science experience while assisting national parks with inventory and monitoring, research, GIS, and interpretation and education projects.
Mosaics in Science is supported through a public-private partnership between the National Park Service's Geologic Resources and Youth Programs Divisions, Environment for the Americas, and Greening Youth Foundation.


The Mosaics in Science Internship Program provides youth that are under-represented in natural resource science career fields with on-the-ground, science-based, work experience with the National Park Service. Established in 2013, this multidisciplinary program provides opportunities to work on inventorying and monitoring, research, GIS and other technologies, and interpretation and education projects. After the internships, a career workshop is held in Washington DC where the interns present the results of their work, are exposed to different science careers, and develop skills to apply for a federal job. The program is administered by the Geologic Resources Division, in collaboration with other NPS Natural Resource Stewardship and Science offices, the NPS Youth Programs Division, and in partnership with Environment for the Americas and Greening Youth Foundation.

Mosaics in Science Interns

Program Objectives

  • Encourage diverse youth to study and pursue careers in STEM fields,
  • Provide meaningful and relevant science-based internships in parks for minorities 18-35 years old,
  • Introduce program participants to science careers in the National Park Service, and
  • Increase relevance, diversity, and inclusion in the NPS workplace.

Mosaics in Science Video

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  • Partners
  • Internships


NPS Youth Programs Division

The Youth Programs Division engages youth between the ages of 5 and 35 years old in various National Park Service programs to develop a life-long commitment to support our national parks and protect our natural environment and cultural heritage. Currently there are over 25 youth programs operating throughout the National Park System. Youth programs encompass a wide of missions and responsibilities including the fostering of a strong relationship between youth and the natural and cultural resources managed by the NPS and instilling a work ethic into our nation's youth. The future of the NPS will be determined through the recruitment and introduction of our youth in our national parks at an age where they are still impressionable. The opportunity to work in a national park will open doors to young people, permitting them to expand their employment options and career decisions. Often a youth's experience at a park leads to new interests, ideas, and relationships with both peers and adults that will help them gain foothold in the work world. These young people also gain an immense sense of confidence from their accomplishments, which will help them move successfully from adolescence to adulthood. Learn more...

NPS Geologic Resources Division

The NPS Geologic Resources Division (GRD) within the Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate, provides Service-wide leadership in the understanding and management of geologic resources, processes, and energy and mineral development activities. GRD has a strong commitment to providing science-based on-the-ground youth career development opportunities through the management of the Mosaics in Science Internship Program (created in 2013) and the long-standing Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) Internship Program (created in 1996). Learn more...

Mosaics in Science Interns
Environment for the Americas

Environment for the Americas (EFTA) was created as a result of International Migratory Bird Day's success. EFTA's key mission is to engage a diverse workforce by fostering cultural awareness among its partners and by engaging underrepresented youth in the fields of research, education, conservation, and preservation. The organization coordinates science and environmental education internships with the National Park Service. Learn more...

Mosaics in Science Interns

Greening Youth Foundation

The Greening Youth Foundation (GYF) works with diverse, underserved and underrepresented children, youth and young adults in an effort to develop and nurture enthusiastic and responsible environmental stewards. GYF's cultural based environmental education programing engages children from local communities and exposes them to healthy lifestyle choices in order to create an overall healthy community. GYF believes that youth and young adults from diverse backgrounds can greatly benefit from the career opportunities presented within the state and federal land management sectors. Learn more...


Mosaics in Science interns at the National Mall, Washington DC.


Each year Mosaics in Science internships will be offered in national parks across the United States. The application period will run from December 1 to February 19 for internships for the following summer. After the internship, a career workshop for program participants will be held in Washington DC.

Summer Internships


Eligibility Requirements:

The Mosaics in Science program accepts applications from all qualified candidates who are nominated by Mosaics in Science partner organizations and meet the Mosaics in Science program eligibility requirements.

  1. All program participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents of the United States.
  2. Candidates must be 18-35 years old.

  3. Persons that have been historically underrepresented in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply. These groups include, but are not limited to African-American, American Indian / Alaska Native, Hispanic / Latino, Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander.
  4. Knowledge and skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, especially in the earth and environmental sciences, is a requirement for Mosaics in Science positions. The program invites students from diverse disciplines—including chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, computer science, biology, ecology, hydrology, meteorology, the social sciences, and the humanities—to apply. Applicants with backgrounds outside of STEM areas should review each position's qualifications and apply for positions for which they can meet all of the qualifications.

All eligible candidates are given equal opportunity and selection decisions will be based solely on job-related factors.


Participants Poster

2015 MIS PosterMosaics in Science 2015 - Participants Poster

Poster displaying the 2015 Mosaics in Science interns.

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2014 MIS PosterMosaics in Science 2014 - Participants Poster

Poster displaying the 2014 Mosaics in Science interns.

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2013 MIS PosterMosaics in Science 2013 - Participants Poster

Poster displaying the 2013 Mosaics in Science interns.

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Featured Stories

A Wildlife Biologist in the Making: Mosaics in Science Participant Reina Galvan

Reina Galvan

Reina Galvan, participant at Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network, highlighted in a Network Intern Profile for her work on the long-term salt marsh monitoring program.

Parks for Hands-On Science: Mosaics in Science Participant Salvador Amador

Salvador AmadorSalvador Amador, participant at Guadalupe Mountains National Park, shares his thoughts about how we can help the public understand climate change.

Geoscience Blog Entry by Mosaics in Science Participant Ivan Carabajal

Ivan Carabajal

Ivan Carabal shares his experience working at Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park on the "Speaking of Geoscience" blog.

Science and Hope: Thoughts from Mosaics in Science Participant Kristan Culbert

Kristan Culbert

Kristan Culbert shares her thoughts and ideas about working and studying climate change at Saguaro National Park.

Annual Report

Key Contacts

Lisa NorbyLisa Norby
Energy and Minerals Branch Chief,
Geoscientist-in-the-Parks & Mosaics in Science Program Manager
Geologic Resources Division
12795 West Alameda Parkway
Lakewood, Colorado 80228
(303) 969-2318 (office)
Contact - Lisa Norby

Geologic Resources Division Mailing Address
National Park Service
Geologic Resources Division
P.O. Box 25287
Denver, Colorado 80225-0287

Last Updated: February 03, 2016