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 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 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 fifteen 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. After the internship, a career workshop for program participants will be held in Washington DC.
Internships for the Summer of 2014
View this year's Mosaics in Science internships [PDF 89KB]
- The Mosaics in Science program accepts applications from all qualified candidates who are nominated by the Mosaics in Science partner organizations and meet the Mosaics in Science program eligibility requirements. Members of groups 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, Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander, and persons with disabilities.
- Knowledge and skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, especially in the earth and environmental sciences, is a requirement for many Mosaics in Science positions. However, 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.
- To be eligible for the Mosaics in Science program, candidates must be in the 18-25 years old and be attending (or recently graduated from) an undergraduate or graduate institution.
- All eligible candidates are given equal opportunity and selection decisions will be based solely on job-related factors.
For more information on the program and how to apply for a Mosaics in Science internship, see our program partner's website:
Energy and Minerals Branch Chief
Geologic Resources Division
12795 West Alameda Parkway
Lakewood, Colorado 80228
(303) 969-2318 (office)
Contact - Lisa Norby
The Geological Society of America
Contact - Matt Dawson
GRD Mailing Address
National Park Service
Geologic Resources Division
P.O. Box 25287
Denver, Colorado 80225-0287
Last Updated: January 14, 2014