National Park Service Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (CRDIP)

CRDIP is an innovative, experiential learning program designed to introduce undergraduate and graduate students from under-represented communities to career opportunities with the National Park Service and other institutions focused on cultural resources and historic preservation.

“To enhance professional and organizational excellence in the next century, the National Park Service must recruit and retain a workforce that reflects the diversity of the nation.”
-A Call to Action, 2013

Interns serve in 10-week summer internships tailored to various career tracks within the field of Cultural Resources. Summer internships are available in a variety of fields and potential projects include conducting historical research, planning exhibits, cataloging museum collections, participating in archaeological excavations, and community outreach.

“SCA (NPSA/CRDIP) has impacted me by helping to form, truly lifelong friendships with some like-minded people. Working with contacts I made through SCA, I was asked to represent the National Park Service and CIRCLE (Council for Indigenous Relevancy Leadership and Excellency) at two National Conferences in Washington DC this year.”

–Ethan White Calfe

“People tell me everyday how lucky I am to have such a job, and most of the time I respond with “you can do it to!” because I genuinely believe it. Once you realize that something is possible (which sometimes is the difficult part), all it takes is hard work to make it a reality, and the SCA is a great first step.”

— Veronica Verdin

Benefits include:

  • Weekly Living Allowance
  • Travel Allowance
  • Housing or Housing Allowance
  • Assigned NPS mentor
  • Hands-On Experience
  • Additional Career Preparation and Ongoing Support
  • Application fee waived upon request

The ideal candidate pool includes:

  • Students who self-identify as being from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • US Citizens
  • Current undergraduate and graduate students, as well as members of the Class of 2015

The ideal candidate is:

  • Available for ten weeks in the summer
  • Open-minded and has an adventurous spirit
  • Toward the end of a college career, with some significant work experience
  • Eager to act as an ambassador for SCA and the NPS
  • A licensed driver
  • Able to provide references, transcript (unofficial is acceptable), resume and cover letter with their SCA application
  • Majoring in a related field, such as History, Architecture, Archaeology, Anthropology, Historic Preservation or Museum Studies

A full list of summer internship sites will be made available by February 2016.

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