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Cultural Resources Internship, Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms, CA

The National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE), in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS) and other partnering government agencies, is pleased to offer internships during the summer of 2019. NCPE has partnered with the NPS since 1992 to connect higher education students and recent graduates in historic preservation, cultural resource management, and related fields to projects at a wide variety of sites and divisions within the NPS system and other agencies annually.

The length of an internship can vary from 10 to 30 weeks if full-time (40 hours/week) or longer if on a part-time schedule. The exact starting dates will be determined on a case-by-case basis with the supervisor.

Stipends are paid at $15/hour unless noted otherwise. Please note that interns are not NCPE or NPS employees; stipends are academic awards rather than wages. Taxes are not withheld, nor are social security contributions made on your behalf. These funds may be taxable, however, so consult a tax preparation professional if you have questions.

3196. Joshua Tree National Park, Cultural Resources Program Archives/Archeology:  

  • Assists park Cultural Resources staff with organizing and managing project and site record files.
  • Primary duties include sorting, processing, and digitizing documents, digitizing historic slides, photos, and records, and inventorying, maintaining, and sorting archival material, much of which is archeological.
  • Additional opportunities to participate in historic preservation and archeological fieldwork.
  • Candidates should possess archival experience, and archeological experience is preferred. Housing is available.
  • Located in Twentynine Palms, CA. (600 hours)   

Due to Government-wide security requirements, a background check will be required for all positions if you are chosen for that position. This will include providing information about recent housing and employment history. The position supervisor will have more information about those requirements and procedures at the time of hiring. Please direct any questions to

How to Apply

This internship is offered under the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE) Program. More information is available here: The application form can be downloaded at

The application is available in Adobe Acrobat. To submit your application, please scan your materials and email them as a single Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file containing both the signed application and the two most recent years of your academic transcripts to the Co-Director of NCPE's Internship Program, Julee Johnson (email:

Applications that include a resume, writing sample (other than the required essay), portfolio, or other documents are not acceptable. Please adhere to the single .pdf format requirements; your application will be rejected if it is not received in this form.

Name the file with your name in this format: Lastname, Firstname NCPE Summer19. Due to the large number of applications received, please keep your file under 5 MB or compress it to meet this limit. 

Applications must be received no later than Friday, March 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Once the deadline for submission has passed, NCPE's staff will process applications and forward them to the supervisors at the many NPS sites and offices requesting an intern. Supervisors will review the applications and contact applicants for a phone interview. Please allow 6-8 weeks after the deadline before inquiring about the status of your application.

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