A career workshop for the newly created Mosaics in Science (MIS) Internship Program was held at the Main Interior Building on August 7-9, 2013. The MIS program was developed in fiscal year 2013 to provide meaningful, science-based internships for youth that are typically underrepresented in the natural resource, science fields. This year’s internships were located throughout the Service and included a variety of projects ranging from a geohazards assessment at Grand Canyon NP, measuring shoreline change after Superstorm Sandy at Gateway NRA, creating a climate change video for Prince William Forest Park, inventorying cave openings at Mammoth Cave NP, and leading interpretive talks focusing on natural hazards at Mount Rainier NP.
The focus of the workshop was to expose the interns to NPS career opportunities and to have each intern present the results of his/her internship to NPS and DOI staff. During the workshop the interns explored science as a career option and learned how the career paths of several NPS staff have taken many interesting twists and turns. One session focused on relevancy, diversity, and inclusion with a panel discussion by David Vela, Associate Director for Workforce, Relevancy, and Inclusion; Rose Pruitt, Chief of EEO; and Maria Arnold DOI Youth Program Analyst. Brian Harper and Ty Guda from the WASO Servicing Human Resources Office led a session covering how to apply for, and obtain a job in the federal government. The interns were also fortunate to have gotten a VIP tour of key monuments on the National Mall by Enimini Ekong and a site visit at Prince William Forest Park and discussion about the intern’s experiences with Vidal Martinez, Superintendent and Paul Petersen, Chief of Resources. This year’s interns were an impressive group of young scientists that will hopefully someday work for the National Park Service. A call for park proposals for next year’s MIS Program will be posted on Inside NPS in the near future.