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Mosaics in Science Internship Program

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Mosaics in Science interns gain valuable on-the ground science experience while assisting national parks with inventory and monitoring, research, GIS, and interpretation and education projects.
Mosaics in Science is supported through a public-private partnership between the National Park Service's Geological Resources and Youth Programs Divisions, and The Geological Society of America.


The Mosaics in Science Internship Program provides youth that are typically under-represented in natural resource 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 inventorying and monitoring, research, GIS and other technologies, and interpretation and education projects. After the internships, a career workshop is held in Washington DC where the interns present the results of their work, are exposed to different science career paths, and develop skills to apply for a federal job. The program is administered by the Geologic Resources Division, in collaboration with other Natural Resource Stewardship and Science offices, the NPS Youth Programs Division, and in partnership with The Geological Society of America.

Mosaics in Science Interns

Program Objectives

  • Encourage diverse youth (17-35 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.
  • Partners
  • Available Internships


NPS Youth Programs Division

The Youth Programs Division engages youth between the ages of 5 and 35 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 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 had 12 interns working on a variety of multidisciplinary science-based projects in parks across the U.S. Due to its success, the number of internships in the mosaics in science program increased every year. 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...

Mosaics in Science interns at the National Mall, Washington DC.

Available Internships

Each year Mosaics in Science internships will be offered in national parks across the United States. The application period will run from December 1 to January 31 for internships for the following summer. After the internship, a career workshop for program participants will be held in Washington DC.

Summer Internships

View this year's Mosaics in Science internships on our program partner's website.

Eligibility Requirements:

The Mosaics in Science program accepts applications from all qualified candidates who are nominated by Mosaics in Science partner organizations and meet the Mosaics in Science program eligibility requirements.

  1. All program participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents of the United States.
  2. Candidates must be 18-35 years old.

  3. Persons 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 / Latino, Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander, and persons with disabilities.
  4. Knowledge and skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, especially in the earth and environmental sciences, is a requirement for Mosaics in Science positions. 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.

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:


New Participants Poster!

Mosaics in Science 2014 - Participants Poster

2014 MIS Poster

Poster displaying the 2014Mosaics in Science interns.

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Featured Stories

Geoscience Blog Entry by Mosaics in Science Participant Ivan Carabajal

Ivan Carabajal

Ivan Carabal shares his experience working at Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park on the "Speaking of Geoscience" blog.

Science and Hope: Thoughts from Mosaics in Science Participant Kristan Culbert

Kristan Culbert

Kristan Culbert shares her thoughts and ideas about working and studying climate change at Saguaro National Park.

Parks for Hands-On Science: Mosaics in Science Participant Salvador Amador

Salvador Amador

Salvador Amador, participant at Guadalupe Mountains National Park, shares his thoughts about how we can help the public understand climate change.

Annual Report

Mosaics in Science 2014 - Annual Report

Annual Report for the Mosaics in Science Program for the year 20142014 Report.

Key Contacts

Lisa NorbyLisa Norby
Energy and Minerals Branch Chief,
Geoscientist-in-the-Parks & Mosaics in Science Program Manager
Geologic Resources Division
12795 West Alameda Parkway
Lakewood, Colorado 80228
(303) 969-2318 (office)
Contact - Lisa Norby

Matt DawsonMatt Dawson
Program Coordinator
GeoCorps™ America
The Geological Society of America
Contact - Matt Dawson

Geologic Resources Division Mailing Address
National Park Service
Geologic Resources Division
P.O. Box 25287
Denver, Colorado 80225-0287

Last Updated: March 27, 2015