For the more information about the geologic resources of the National Park Service, please visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/.
Mosaics in Science Internship Program
The Mosaics in Science Internship Program provides youth that are typically under-represented in science career fields with on-the-ground, science-based, work experience in the National Park System. Established in 2013, this multidisciplinary program provides opportunities for youth to work on inventory and monitoring, research, GIS, and interpretation and education projects. After the internships, a career workshop is held in Washington DC. The interns present the results of their work, are exposed to different science career paths, and develop skills to apply for and obtain a federal job. The program is administered by the Geologic Resources Division, in close collaboration with the NPS Youth Programs Division, and in partnership with The Geological Society of America.
- Encourage diverse youth (17-25 years old) to pursue studies in STEM fields,
- Introduce youth to science careers in the National Park Service,
- Provide meaningful and relevant science-based internships in parks, and
- Increase relevance, diversity, and inclusion in the NPS workplace.
- Available Internships
NPS Youth Programs DivisionThe Youth Programs Division engages youth between the ages of 5 and 24 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 encompasses a wide array 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 nationâ€™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 youthâ€™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 on-the-ground youth career development opportunities through the development and 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). During its pilot year, the Mosaics in Science Program has had 12 interns working on a variety of multidisciplinary science-based projects in parks across the U.S. Both programs are run in partnership with The Geological Society of America and have focused on providing on-ground training and career development opportunities for youth that are typically under-represented in the sciences. Learn more...
The Geological Society of America
Established in 1888, The Geological Society of America seeks to be the premier geological society supporting the global community in scientific discovery, communication, and application of geoscience knowledge. The GSA provides access to elements that are essential to the professional growth of earth scientists at all levels of expertise and from all sectors: academic, government, business, and industry. The GSA affirms its belief and commitment to diversity and will continue to develop its diverse base. The GSA is dedicated to maintaining an organizational climate where differing ideas, abilities, backgrounds, and needs are fostered with opportunities for members from divergent experiences to participate and contribute. The GSA recognizes that diverse perspectives are important and necessary for responsible and representative decision-making and leadership. Learn more...
Each year twelve or more Mosaics in Science internships will be offered in national parks across the United States. The application period will run from December 1 to February 1 for internships for the following summer. Following the internships, a career workshop will be held in Washington DC for program participants. For more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply for a Mosaics in Science internship, see:
Last Updated: August 28, 2013