National Park Service Climate Change Communication Internship Program

The 4C/NPS climate change communication internship program seeks students with interdisciplinary backgrounds and interests in a combination of: biology, environmental science, sustainability, natural resources, sociology, communication, psychology, and other disciplines.Internship positions are also open to students who have a background in and experience with multimedia (graphic design, photography, film). The announcement and more details about the paid Summer 2015 internship program and intern positions can be found here:

Since 2012, the National Park Service Urban Ecology Research Learning Alliance (UERLA) and 4C have offered an innovative internship program to support climate change education in national parks in the National Capital Region (NCR). Working with NPS staff and 4C faculty and students, the interns receive training, mentoring, and an opportunity to hone their skills while developing educational materials for the parks.  In the first four years of the program, the aim is to place interns in each of the 15 NCR parks, each of which is confronting its own unique challenges associated with climate change. The program also creates field research opportunities for interns, and provides them with insights into current resource management and conservation issues in urban parks.

During the summer of 2012, intern projects ranged from sustainability initiatives (e.g. reducing the carbon footprint of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park through reduction of transportation-related emissions) to science communication (e.g. communicating the impact of climate change on the cherry trees at the National Mall).

During the summer of 2013, the interns: developed interpretive display boards in three parks to educate visitors about the relationship between park ecology and climate change; assisted park staff in developing communication material to explain climate adaption in parks; developed a communication guide about tick-borne diseases in the parks; and planned a visitor survey to evaluate NPS climate change messaging.

During the summer of 2014, interns researched and developed content for climate change websites for three different parks; produced climate connection and climate friendly park video; designed and created created climate change infographics; generated relevant climate change social media posts for the parks; and developed a park ranger climate communication toolkit.

How to Apply:

For the announcement and more details about the Summer 2015 intern positions, click here: interdisciplinary interns and multimedia interns. The 10 to 12 week internships are paid positions that are open to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students of diverse career fields and from all US accredited institutions.  Contact Jenell Walsh-Thomas at for more information and to apply.

Past Internship Projects and Interns:

2012 Climate Change Communication Project Descriptions

2013 Climate Change Communication Project Descriptions

2014 Climate Change Communication Project Descriptions

Climate Change Communication Intern Biographies: 2012, 2013, 2014