Mosaics Internship

Science-based careers in the National Park Service have been generally under-represented when it comes to racial and ethnic diversity. The Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship Program provides youth with backgrounds in the sciences, technology, and engineering with an opportunity to work with the National Park Service. The internship seeks college undergrads and graduate students; individuals from demographic groups under-represented in the NPS workforce are especially encouraged to apply.

Mosaics participants have the opportunity to work at National Parks and gain valuable work experience. Interns are paid a $4,800 stipend, all travel costs, and are provided housing (or a housing allowance) for the duration of the project.

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Basic Eligibility

  • Age 18 to 30 inclusive, and military veterans up to age 35
  • Possess US citizenship or permanent residence
  • Have a strong interest or relevant experience in areas including inventory and monitoring, research, GIS and other technologies, interpretation and education, or other related fields
  • Racially diverse university students and recent graduates who are under-represented in natural resource fields are highly encouraged to apply
  • Must be able to pass a federal background check
  • For RA-Direct Hire Authority (RA-DHA) – Resource Assistant Positions: must be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or PhD degree program at an accredited institution of higher education during the summer internship and graduate after the completion of the internship. Persons enrolled in a certificate program do not qualify for DHA positions.


  • $4,800 stipend and park housing
  • All travel costs covered
  • Participation in end-of-summer career workshop
  • Professional development via weekly webinars
  • Eligible for Public Land Corps (PLC) Non-Competitive Hiring Authority or Direct Hire Authority (DHA)

Selection Criteria

Candidates may express interest in specific geographic and thematic areas. Specific assignments will be based on best fit with specific requirements of each NPS location. Applications will be reviewed and rated according to the following criteria:

  • Relevant educational and work experience
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Professionalism, technical knowledge, and expertise
  • Adaptability, and ability to work in remote areas

Time Frame

  • The application period will open on December 2, 2020.
  • Interviews: February to March
  • Placement decisions: late March
  • Internship dates: mid May through late July 2020
  • Mandatory career workshop: August 2-6, 2020