Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship (HBCUI)
Initiated by the Washington Support Office, Youth Programs Division, of the National Park Service in 2012, the Historically Black Colleges and University Internship (HBCUI) program was created to connect students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities to park units with connections to African American history and culture. Over the years, the program has expanded in its effort to protect natural, historical, and cultural resources in parks as participants gain exposure to career opportunities in public land management.
Since its start, HBCUI has hosted over 250 interns, representing 60 HBCUs, at 125+ park units. Their service has resulted in over 100,000 hours of service, dozens of hiring authorities, and hundreds of careers and leadership opportunities in conservation.
- Participation in the Career and Leadership Workshop
- Conduct an oral presentation on intern accomplishments at the Career and Leadership Workshop (DHA-RA Interns)
- Conduct a poster presentation on intern accomplishments at the Career and Leadership Workshop (PLC Interns)
- Participation in Cultural Connection Project
- Complete internship program surveys
- Participation in program webinars
Traditional – Public Land Corps Internship
An entry internship that focuses on career exploration and building fundamental public land management skills. Each HBCUI participant will receive a weekly stipend of $640 based on a 40-hour week, plus a commuting stipend if needed. Local or park housing and travel expenses will be provided for out-of-state students.
Public Land Corps participants who successfully complete 640 hours of service in one or more eligible internships are eligible for the Public Lands Corps noncompetitive hiring authority for two years following the successful completion of the internship. Successful completion of HBCUI does not guarantee that the participant will be hired into a federal position.
Internships are a total of 11 or 20 weeks.
Conservation Fellow – Direct Hire Authority Resource Assistant Internship (DHA-RA)
A unique internship opportunity for students currently enrolled in an accredited educational qualifying institution. This internship aims to build a pathway to employment in the Department of Interior (DOI). DHA-RA interns will have the opportunity to build a network with federal employees. These rigorous internships require specialized knowledge and typically are available to upper-level undergraduate students and graduate students. DHA-RA interns will receive a weekly stipend of $720 based on a 40-hour work week, plus a commuting stipend if needed. Local or park housing and travel expenses will be provided for out-of-state students. DHA-RA interns who successfully complete the internship requirements may become eligible to be non-competitively hired by the DOI for two years from the date of graduation after the internship. Successful completion of the internship does not guarantee that the participant will be hired into a federal position.
Internships are a total of 12-weeks.