Mason 4C & NPS Internship Program




This paid summer internship program – in partnership with the National Park Service – trains and places undergraduate and graduate interns in National Capital Region national parks to develop materials and programs that communicate the impact of climate change on natural, cultural, historical, and recreational resources in the parks. Our interns have developed a variety of products ranging from park ranger communication toolkits to park-specific webpages.

One group w Ed croppedInitiated in 2012 by the National Park Service National Capitol Region Urban Ecology Research Learning Alliance (UERLA) and George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication (4C), the internship program is designed to create opportunities for students of diverse academic and personal backgrounds to gain skills and experience in the synthesis, interpretation, and development of science communication products while increasing knowledge about climate change and its effects on parks. National Park Service mentors and park staff frame the final products. Details about past intern projects can be accessed below.

Biking Picture croppedApplying for the Internship

The application period for the paid 4C/NPS Climate Change Communication Internship Program for Summer 2019 is CLOSED.

We accept applications from upper-level undergraduate and graduate students from all U.S.-accredited institutions.

We are looking for individuals with diverse backgrounds to form a natural science, social science, and multimedia interdisciplinary team.

Click here to read the general internship announcement, and on these links for the internships specializing in graphic design and videography.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Shaelyn Patzer (spatzer at


Click here to meet the 2017 Climate Change Communication Interns

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Completed Projects:  2012  2013  2014  2015 2016  2017