The intern will work directly with park staff (wildlife biologist and biological technicians), media partners (Alaska Teen Media Institute, Wildlife Conservation Society), and other federal agencies (USFWS).
This internship provides a wonderful opportunity to get an intern (preferentially a local one of Alaska Native heritage) involved in a variety of Alaska Park Science projects in various parks. Because Alaska is expansive and many parks are remote, it is challenging and cost-prohibitive for many youth to access these parklands. Through “A Call to Action Goal-Step by Step,” we hope to guide students toward science careers through mentorship and applied research to develop into the next generation of park scientists. Since 2010, we have been champions of getting youth engaged in Alaska park science and conservation. Many of our students began as Volunteers in Parks and have progressed into entry level Youth Conservation Corps (YCC), Student Conservation Association (SCA) or biological technician positions that develop their skills, experience and professional contacts towards science careers at NPS. Through our program, over 80 students from three school districts have volunteered, six have become YCCs, 11 have become SCAs, and four have become term biological technicians at YUGA. Currently, three are graduate students who have moved through our program with aspirations of working for the parks.