The National Park Service (NPS), Office of Risk Management is pleased to announce that we are again offering a paid student summer internship for graduate and undergraduate students to work in our parks on a range of injury prevention projects.

Students will apply skills in epidemiology, behavioral sciences, risk management, public health, and/or social sciences to enhance NPS injury prevention and control efforts and mitigate unintentional injuries (e.g. drowning, fall injuries, hypothermia, dehydration, carbon monoxide poisoning, animal bites or attacks, and trauma from crashes in cars, boats, bikes, and other forms of transportation, among many other injuries that occur in parks) to park visitors. Students will attend a week long intensive training in the DC metro area before heading to their park for their internship.

We have 7 public risk management internship opportunities available in the following locations:

  • Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
  • Rock Creek Park
  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
  • Yosemite National Park
  • NPS Headquarters in Washington, DC (2 internships)

There are 4 occupational safety and health internship opportunities available in the following locations:

Morristown and Thomas Edison National Historical Parks New River Gorge National River Glacier National Park Valley Forge National Historical Park

Interns will receive a weekly subsistence, housing, and transportation to and from the park.  They will attend an intensive, week-long training prior to placement and may be eligible for an AmericaCorps student grant.  In addition, students may be able to fulfill practicum requirements through this opportunity.

Interns will be supervised by park staff and will also receive technical support throughout the duration of the internship from our experienced team in the Public Risk Management Program at the NPS headquarters in Washington, DC.

For more information, students should email Gabrielle Fisher, Public Risk Program Specialist, at Gabrielle_Fisher@nps.gov (or stop by the Gonzaga Career Center & GAMP office, Crosby #211, to pick up a flyer).

Testimonial:

“I greatly appreciated the chance to work with the Park Service…I hope to use this experience as a jumping-off point for future research — perhaps dissertation research — either here or in another park.”

– Laura Rickard, doctoral student at Cornell University, Intern at Mount Rainier National Park, 2009 now conducting her dissertation research at three national parks; recently published her findings in: Visitor proficiency profiling and risk communication at a national park, Environmental Communication, Vol . 5, No  1, March 2011, pp 62-82.

“I was impressed by the efforts of the National Park Service.  They do amazing work maintaining our natural and cultural assets.  In addition to the professional experience, this internship helped me appreciate nature and the beauty of the park.  All I can say is “Thank You.”

– Ekta Chaudhary, participant of the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Intern at Virgin Islands National Park, 2009

 

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR GONZAGA CAREER CENTER & GAMP OFFICE TO REQUEST A FLYER WITH MORE INFO.

CareerCenter&GAMP@gonzaga.edu

509-313-4234

Crosby Student Center, Room #211