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2019 Internship Program Annual ReportLatinoHeritageIntern.comLatino Heritage Internship Program

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“Hands down one of the most impressive pieces of this program is the vetting of the candidates. Having qualied, energetic candidates at the starting point is appreciated.” - Jason Verhaege, Supervisor, Klondike Gold Rush National Park, Skagway, AK Edgar Hernandez, Interpretation & Education InternKlondike Gold Rush National Historic Park- Skagway, AK

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Latino Heritage Internship Program3Acknowledgements Statement of PurposeExecutive Summary2019 Participant Demographics2019 Intern PositionsLHIP Internship Host SitesProject HighlightsCommunity Outreach ActivitiesMedia HighlightsProgram Support and SustainabilityAppendix: Intern Proles 468 101115162324252727TABLE OF CONTENTSNational Park Service (NPS)George McDonald, Chief, Youth Programs • 202-513-7157Ernestine M. White, National Youth Employment Programs • 202-513-7157HIGHLIGHTSParticipating VeteransP12P13P20P21Successful Achievements Career Workshop Joining the Workforce Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF)Michelle Neuenschwander, Director of Youth • 202-640-4436Rodrigo Otárola y Bentín, Programs • 202-640-5669Environment for the Americas (EFTA)Dalia Dorta, Latino Programs • 720-4381272Sheylda Díaz-Méndez, Programs • 787-458-5406World Migratory Bird DayLATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (LHIP)NATIONAL PARK SERVICEFY2019 ANNUAL REPORTNational Park Service Report FY2019Agreements: P19AC00163 / P19AC00166NPS Deputy Director David Vela speaking to the interns at the Career and Leadership Internship WorkshopCover Photo Credit: Ana Cristina GonzálezLocation: Teutonia Peak, Mojave National Preserve, CA

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Latino Heritage Internship Program4ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSThis program could not have happened without the vision and dedication of our many partners.We gratefully acknowledge the work and support of the following:EFTA and HAF are deeply appreciative for the partnership of the National Park Service, Youth Programs Division. A special thanks to George McDonald and Ernestine White for their continued efforts in youth engagement, and career and leadership development. Their support for this program and their assistance assistance has been invaluable.Bent’s Old Fort National Historic SiteChamizal National MemorialCowpens National BattlefieldDinosaur National MonumentEl Malpais National Monument El Morro National MonumentEverglades National ParkFort Larned National Historic SiteFort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical ParkGlen Canyon National Recreation AreaHomestead National Monument of AmericaHopewell Furnace National Historic SiteJoshua Tree National ParkJuan Bautista de Anza National Historic TrailKlondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, SettleKlondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, SkagwayLewis and Clark National Historical ParkMinute Man National Historical ParkNational Mall & Memorial ParksNational Park of BostonOlmsted Center for Landscape PreservationPoint Reyes National SeashoreRocky Mountain National ParkSaguaro National ParkSalem Maritime National Historic Site Saugus Iron Works National Historic SiteSan Antonio Missions National Historical ParkSequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Southeast Archeological CenterTallgrass Prairie National PreserveWashington Support Office (WASO): Archeology ProgramWASO: Historic American Buildings WASO: International Affairs and Communications Yosemite National ParkAppalachian State UniversityBoston UniversityCalifornia State University, Long BeachCalifornia State University, NorthridgeCalifornia State University, SacramentoFlorida International UniversityFlorida State UniversityGeorgia Gwinnett CollegeHumboldt State UniversityLone Star CollegeModesto Junior CollegeNew Mexico State UniversityPrinceton UniversityRice UniversitySt. Mary’s UniversitySUNY PotsdamTexas A&M International UniversityTufts UniversityUniversity of ArizonaUniversity of CaliforniaUniversity of California, DavisUniversity of California, IrvineUniversity of California, Santa BarbaraUniversity of FloridaUniversity of IdahoUniversity of MarylandUniversity of MassachusettsUniversity of MiamiUniversity of PennsylvaniaUniversity of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras CampusUniversity of Texas at El PasoUniversity of Texas Rio Grande ValleyNPS UNITS HOSTING LHIP INTERNSHIP RECRUITING PARTNERSOTHERSRecreational Equipment, Inc. (REI); League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); Smithsonian Institution, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), GreenLatinos, Department of the Interior (DOI) Bison Bistro; and DOI-Office of Facilities and Administrative Services

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Latino Heritage Internship Program5“As I progressed into my research project I had the opportunity to collaborate with several inuential researchers across dierent elds of science. Being surrounded by brilliant individuals denitely encouraged me to continue giving 150% during my internship term here!”- Jonathan Tejeda, InternSequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, CADavid Riera, Cultural History Education Intern Everglades National Park, FL

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Latino Heritage Internship Program6 STATEMENT OF PURPOSEThe Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) targetsone of the fastest growing segments of our nation’spopulation who are not greatly reected in the visitation of our national parks or the agency’s workforce.The LHIP was created in 2014 as a component of anoverarching service-wide strategy for the National ParkService (NPS) to help address the lack of Latinoemployees in the workforce. LHIP, working incollaboration with conservation partners, allows the NPS to invest in cost ecient strategies geared towardsrecruiting and developing entry level talent topotentially help build a more diverse and inclusiveworkforce.The goals and objectives of the LHIP program are toreach motivated undergraduate and graduate students18- 30 years old and recent military veterans 35 yearsold or younger to work alongside NPS sta in culturaland natural resources and interpretation/outreachprojects. The program helps to raise awareness of our national parks and historic sites, theiraccessibility, and the need for the Latino community’sactive involvement in their preservation. LHIP meetsthe vision and priority of the U.S. Department of theInterior (DOI) and the NPS by fostering relationshipswith conservation organizations advocating forbalanced stewardship and use of public lands. Theprogram also:■ Introduces employment opportunities in the NPS with an emphasis on cultural and natural resource stewardship, interpretation, and community outreach to Latino youth.■ Develops mission critical internship projects that support the NPS goals and objectives at local units.■ Creates strong and viable mentor and protégé relationships.■ Collaborates with Latino owned and operated conservation organizations to expand NPS outreach into Latino communities nationally and develop deep and sustainable relationships.■ Establishes a pipeline for converting talented Latino students into career positions in the NPS.Mission StatementThe Latino Heritage Intern Program (LHIP) reach out and connect with Latino college students fromdiverse backgrounds that have little or no access to their national parks, to invite them to serve inchallenging educational, job-training, career exploration and developmental opportunities throughinternships with the National Park Service (NPS). Program participants develop marketable career skills that could led to career pathways with the NPS.Mónica Ortiz-Cortés, LHIP Intern for the Washington Support Oce, Historic American Buildings Survey (front left) photographed with David Bernhardt, United States Secretary of the Interior.

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Latino Heritage Internship Program7Jhulian Gutierrez, Visitor Services InternHopewell Furnace National Historic Site, PA”“I really appreciate having the interns. There’s a high level of Spanish-speaking visitors and the LHIP interns have helped us connect with them more.”- Meredith Peterson, Park RangerSequoia National Park

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Latino Heritage Internship Program8EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) connects Latino young adults to national parks across the country and to diverse work experiences, from archiving historical documents, supporting visitor services to conducting research projects, such as surveys of breeding birds and much more. Our goal is to raise awareness of the diverse careers elds with the NPS, to give program participants opportunities to work side-by-side with historians, biologists, and other professionals, and to help create pathways for talented skilled Latinos to careers with NPS and or other public lands agencies.LHIP is administered by two conservation organizations, the Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) and Environment for the Americas (EFTA). Both of these organizations have extensive experience working with Latino youth, which includes providing linguistically and culturally relevant mentorship and programming. Since LHIP’s inception 5 years ago about 207 interns have served in the program. As of today, 5 have been hired into permanent positions. We are committed to continuing to build on our successes.Priority: Creating a conservation legacy second only to Teddy Roosevelt:One of LHIP’s goals is to connect diverse people to conservation. We accomplish this by connecting participants to public lands and by providing opportunities for them to engage in stewardship activities, which can range from developing bilingual educational programs, archiving historical objects to studying the oral nectar resources that pollinators need to survive and much more. Our interns contribute thousands of hours to national parks through stewardship of valuable natural and cultural resources while at the same time raising their own and their communities’ awareness of the relevance and role national park play to our rich resources preservation. Interns bring communities to national parks, in the process joining with other youth and adults and sharing stewardship ethics beyond park boundaries. Intern projects have also included improving access to national parks by providing visitor services and designing written materials that oer information about park access and resources.Priority: Restoring trust with local communities:LHIP serves as a bridge between gateway communities and national parks. Our interns reect those communities and can help connect residents to the parks near their homes. One successful example was Diego Morales (LHIP 2019, Point Reyes National Seashore, who developed bilingual programs that brought Latino participants to the park to hike, birdwatch, and learn about the park’s mission and resources.Priority: Employment of veterans:Our outreach and internship selection supports veterans. In 2019, 4 veterans who served in the United States Navy, Marines and Army and Air force participated in the program. These veterans shared their talent and expertise with selected sites where they served. For example, veteran Ángel López worked at El Malpais and El Morro National Monuments in New Mexico to survey and sketch cave systems and new cave passages and to create photogrammetry cave models.In 2019, LHIP accomplished the following:■ Launched new website, received 460 applications■ Recruited 35 interns, including 4 military veterans■ Worked with 29 national parks, oces, and supervisors in all 7 NPS unied regions■ Recruited 33 bilingual participants■ Conducted 30 sites visits ■ Provided 12 developmental training and coaching opportunitiesLHIP Summary 2015 - 2019INTERNS207MILITARY VETERANS7HOURS OF SERVICE>330,0006HIRED BY NPS AS PERMANENT EMPLOYEES>13 SEASONAL OR PERMANENT HIRES AT OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

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Latino Heritage Internship Program9“This internship gave me so many experiences; apart from getting to know my coworkers and learning new techniques and acquiring professional experience hopefully for my future career in this eld, I got to meet and network with people in the architecture and heritage elds.”- Mónica Ortiz-Cortés, Architect InternWashington Support Oce, Historic American Buildings Survey, Washington, D.C.Mónica Ortiz-Cortés, Washington Support Oce, Historic American Buildings Survey, Washington, D.C.”

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Latino Heritage Internship Program102019 PARTICIPANT DEMOGRAPHICSGENDER60.0%40.0%MaleFemaleINTERN AGE32.4%2.9%2.9%23.5%38.2%Master's DegreeCompleted CollegeAssociate DegreeIn CollegeHigh SchoolLEVEL OF EDUCATIONLHIP 2019INTERNS35MILITARY VETERANS4HOURS OF SERVICE> 15,400NATIONAL PARKS2933 BILINGUAL PARTICIPANTS142130SITES VISITS 2.9%65.7%5.7%25.7%35 +26 - 3519 - 2518

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Latino Heritage Internship Program112019 INTERN POSITIONSNPS Unit PositionHistoric American Buildings Survey (HABS) Architect InternHopewell Furnace National Historic Site Interpretation and Outreach InternManassas National Battlefield Biological Science InternMinute Man National Historical Park (DHA) Resource Management AssistantNational Mall and Memorial Parks Volunteer Outreach & Recruitment InternNational Parks of Boston (DHA) Youth Engagement Digital Communications Specialist InternNERO/Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation (DHA) Cultural Landscape Preservation Resource AssistantSalem Maritime/Saugus Iron Works (DHA) Park Education InternWASO Archeology Program Curriculum Development InternWASO International Affairs/Communications Office International Affairs/Communications InternCowpens National Battlefield Interpretation/Outreach internEverglades National Park (DHA) Everglades Cultural History Education InternFort Sumter National Monument Recreation InternSoutheast Archeological Center (SEAC) Archeological InternFort Larned National Historic Site Historical Research and Interpretation InternHomestead National Monument of America Research, Cultural Resources InternChamizal National Memorial Museum Curator AssistantSan Antonio Missions National Historical Park Multimedia Outreach InternBent's Old Fort National Historic Site Museum Collections InternDinosaur National Monument Science Communication and Resource Monitoring InternRocky Mountain National Park (DHA) Interpretive InternJoshua Tree National Park Wildlife InternSaguaro National Park Biological Technician InternLewis and Clark National Historical Park River & Trail InternGlen Cayon National Recreation Area Bat Research AssistantThe National Park Service is organized by 12 Unified Regions. In 2019, LHIP interns held positions in 9 of these regions. California-Great-Basin Region 10Missouri Basin Region 5Columbia-Pacific Northwest Region 9Lower Colorado-Basin Region 8Upper Colorado Basin Region 7Arkansas-Rio Grande-Texas-Gulf Region 6North Atlantic Appalachian Region 1South Atlantic-Gulf Region 2Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail Interpretation InternPoint Reyes National Seashore Interpretation and Outreach AssistantSequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (DHA) Giant Sequoia Monitoring & Demography InternKlondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, Skagway Interpretation & Education InternKlondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Seattle (DHA) Park Ranger InternAlaska Region 11

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Latino Heritage Internship Program12PARTICIPATING VETERANSWilliam Marcos González, U.S. Coast Guard Virginia and Georgia – Honorable Discharge 2018. Marcos currently attends the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he will earn his Master's in Landscape Architecture. As Resource Management Assistant at Minute Man National Historic Park, he put his expertise to work developing the park's Cultural Landscape Report and updating the Agricultural Management Plan.Ángel López, U.S. Navy Local Area Network Administrator (Submarines), Culinary Specialist (Submarines), Local Area Network Administrator (Submarines), Culinary Specialist (Submarines), Virginia - Honorable Discharge 2013. Angel is a Geographical Information Science major at the University of Maryland. He also serves as a Peer Advisor for Veteran Education. During his internship at El Malpais and El Morro National Monuments, NM, he worked with cavers and scientists to develop maps of bat habitat.David Riera, U.S. Marine Mission Continues Service Leadership Corp Members, Florida - Honarable Discharge 2019. David is a doctoral student at Florida International University in the College of Education. He is passionate about STEM education. His internship at Everglades National Park, FL to help with the restoration of habitats within the park.Ismael Uribe, U.S. Army Food Services Specialist, Fort Drum, New York - Honorable Discharge 2009.Ismael (far right), who served in the U.S. Army for more than four years and now studies history with a concentration in archives at California State University, gained hands-on experience examining and cataloging artifacts from the 1800s at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site.LHIP outreach and selection support veterans up to 35 years of age or younger. In 2019, four militaryveterans (photographed above) served as interns to assist with a variety of projects. Learn more below: William Marcos Gonzalez, Angel Lopez, David Riera, Ismael Uribe (from left to right)

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Latino Heritage Internship Program13SUCCESSFUL ACHIEVEMENTSInterns work on a variety of projects for national parks, including gathering data, providing visitor services, and developing education materials. Below are examples of some of the projects interns accomplished.Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, La Junta, CO: Research primary source historical documents, field data, and other material culture documentation to identify the age and primary ethnic association for the excavated artifacts. This data will be entered into the NPS museum catalog software for future use by researchersChamizal National Memorial, El Paso, TX: Museum data collection updating Scope of Collections (SOCS)Cowpens National Battleeld, Ganey, SC: Digital media development of podcasts and other digital media presentations of the 4 Southern Campaign sites (Kings Mountain, Cowpens, Ninety Six and the Overmountain Victory Trail) Everglades National Park, FL: Worked with teacher-ranger-teacher and the park’s education team in developing an educational curriculum based on Everglades’ Hole-in-the Donut site and restoration storyFort Sumter National Monument, Sullivan's Island, SC: Outreach and recreation connecting people from diverse backgrounds with the natural resources of South Carolina through physical activities that take place at Fort Sumter National Monument, Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, Congaree National Park, or Reconstruction Era National MonumentGlen Canyon National Recreation Area, Page, AZ: Bat monitoring protocols to assess distribution, abundance, trends and threats to bat species susceptible to white-nose syndrome (WNS)Joshua Tree National Park, Palms CA: Recreation, Planning and Resource Stewardship of wildlife and analysis of visitor use patterns and capacity data for park's final reportKings Canyon National Park, Three Rivers, CA: Research on the efficiency of the anti-aggregation pheromone treatment in the conservation of large sugar pines in the Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National ParkHistoric American Buildings Survey: Document historic rowhouses in Washington, DC with measurements and sketches for their adequate future preservationKlondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Seattle, WA: Interpretation and outreach of the park’s story and work with My Backyard (IMBY) program, conservation leadership and youth outreach program to connect Seattle area youth with public landsEverglades National ParkChamizal National MemorialJoshua Tree National ParkFort Sumter National Monument

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Latino Heritage Internship Program14Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Astoria, OR: Outreach and recreation program for Spanish speaking park visitors, to help provide equitable access to the outdoors for Latino families and youth through fun and engaging activitiesNational Mall and Memorial Parks, D.C.: Assisted with the promotion and organization of the National Capital Region program, and broaden recruitment strategies to engage new volunteers coming from diverse backgroundsNational Parks of Boston, MA: Worked within the Visitor Engagement, Education and the Arts Directorate, collaborating with NPS professionals, partners, and participating youth to plan, capture, and edit interviews and documentary footage associated with the park experiences and personal stories of youthOlmsted Center for Landscape Architecture:, MA: Work on drafting the Johnstown Flood report of the historic and natural landscape of the historic siteSaguaro National Park, Tucson, AZ: Research and restoration of the saguaro cactus leading “citizen science” volunteers in evaluating whether the timing of flowering in the giant saguaro cactus may be changing due to warmer desert temperaturesSalem Maritime and Saugus Ironworks National Historic Sites, MA: Develop a park-focused educational plan to fill the gap of preschool age programming in diverse populations around the areaSan Antonio Missions National Historical Park, TX: Work with the communications team to produce a series of three educational videos for children visiting the park. These videos will enhance the visitor experience and encourage parents to learn together with their childrenSoutheast Archeological Center, FL: Conducted shovel-test surveys, excavations, artifact analysis, artifact cataloging, topographic mapping, and produced a report on indigenous historical resources.Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, KS: Engaged visitors with site programming, and help with the ongoing tallgrass restoration efforts.Washington Support Oce Archeology Program, D.C.: Updated and revamped the children’s archeology program website with Hispanic culturally relevant information and activities.Washington Support Oce of Communications and International Aairs, D.C.: Develop new and improved communications and outreach materials to help various audiences (NPS employees, potential partners, and the general public) better understand and appreciate the international mission of the NPS and the benefits that this work provides both globally and at home Yosemite National Park, El Portal, CA: Conservation and habitat restoration of amphibians and reptiles of the Sierra Nevada, surveying threatened and endangered species, using cutting-edge scientific techniques, and aquatic habitat restoration techniquesKlondike Gold Rush National Historical ParkNational Parks of BostonSan Antonio Missions National Historical ParkTallgrass Prairie National PreserveOlmsted Center for Landscape Architecture

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Latino Heritage Internship Program15HISPANIC ACCESS FOUNDATIONENVIRONMENT FOR THE AMERICASBent’s Old Fort National Historic SiteChamizal National MemorialCowpens National BattlefieldDinosaur National MonumentFort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical ParkHomestead National Monument of AmericaHopewell Furnace National Historic SiteJoshua Tree National ParkKlondike Gold Rush National Historical Park - SkagwayKlondike Gold Rush National Historical Park - SeattleLewis and Clark National Historical ParkPoint Reyes National SeashoreRocky Mountain National ParkSaguaro National ParkSequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (3 positions)Yosemite National Park (2 positions)El Malpais and El Morro National MonumentsEverglades National ParkFort Larned National Historic SiteGlen Canyon National Recreation AreaMinute Man National Historical ParkNational Mall & Memorial ParksNational Park of BostonOlmsted Center for Landscape PreservationSalem and Saugus Iron Works National Historic SitesSan Antonio Missions National Historical ParkSoutheast Archeological CenterTallgrass Prairie National PreserveWashington Support Office, Archeology ProgramWashington Support Office, Historic American Buildings SurveyWashington Support Office, Office of International AffairsLHIP INTERNSHIP HOST SITES

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"I cannot be prouder and more thankful to have had the opportunity to do research on three Latino descendants of homesteader families from the Southwestern states and share their stories with everyone."-Veronica Barreto Rosa, InternLatino Heritage Internship Program16PROJECT HIGHLIGHTSVerónica BarretoHomestead National Monument of AmericaResearch and Cultural Resources InternVeronica assisted in providing data for a Homestead National Monument of America museum exhibit on homesteading across the United States. For the exhibit, Veronica researched three homesteader families of Latino descent and developed short biographies about them using homestead records, U.S. Census records, and other online and offline databases to identify the individual homesteaders. She also completed the digitization and transcription of one oral history from the park’s oral history collection, assisted in visitor reception in the Visitor Center, operated audio-visual equipment, maintained stocks of free publications, and assisted the park’s curatorial staff in processing, monitoring, and maintaining the park’s museum collection.Sienna CordobaFort Larned National Historic SiteHistorical Interpretation InternThrough her time at Fort Larned National Historic Site, Sienna conducted historic research on Hispanic traders and settlers’ influence in the economic development taking place along the Santa Fe Trail during the 19th century. Using her findings, Sienna and the Fort Larned staff created an event to celebrate Hispanic heritage with the local community: “Migration is Beautiful.” As part of her project, Sienna conducted extensive outreach to promote the event to diverse sectors of the local communities and invite them to visit and learn more about the site. Garden City’s “La Ke Buena 105.9” radio station hosted Sienna for a brief announcement inviting Latino communities in Garden City and Dodge City to visit Fort Larned for a celebration with Mariachis from Wichita, a folkloric ballet from a local school, and Mexican food provided by a taco truck. All in all, the first iteration of this event was a success!

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Latino Heritage Internship Program17William Marcos GonzalezMinute Man National Historical ParkResource Management AssistantMarcos served as a Resource Management Assistant for Minute Man National Historical Park, and over the course of the eleven-week internship he would put his GIS skills to use as he documented the entirety of the park’s land to create detailed maps utilizing ArcGIS. In order for him to learn the proper way in which the National Park Service creates Cultural Landscape Reports and maps, he traveled to Boston to attend a training hosted by the Olmsted Center for Landscape Architecture - Cultural Landscape Preservation. At this training, Marcos understood in more depth the documentation protocols, and the inclusion of important mapping factors such as stonewalls, the battle road trail, as well as other geological features. Marcos’ efforts to create maps would lead the park to initiate a partnership with local farmers to borrow their sheep to graze the different parcels of lands. Without Marcos’ maps, Minute Man would not have been able to incorporate intensive rotational grazing with a pilot program of sheep.During his time at Point Reyes, Kevin presented interpretive programs and furthered outreach to under-resourced communities. He worked with staff from the park’s science division and partners at Point Blue Conservation Science to promote citizen science through shorebird monitoring and surveys. For Latino Conservation Week at the park in July, Kevin organized and conducted a series of activities in order to promote diversity, relevancy, and inclusion through outreach and community engagement. His duties throughout the summer helped to create a more inclusive atmosphere in the park and provided activities for all to engage in. Kevin García LópezPoint Reyes National SeashoreInterpretation and Outreach Assistant" The Latino Heritage Internship Program is an incredible program. I have no words to express my gratitude for everything this internship has provided me. From personal to professional growth, to an introduction to amazing people that work for the National Park Service. "- Kevin García López, Intern

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Latino Heritage Internship Program18At Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Tania and her team set up their camping stations and used acoustic equipment — such as decoders and low-frequency radars — to capture and examine bats, monitor their health and test bats for white-nose syndrome infection. In addition to her fieldwork in wildlife research, Tania also supported Glen Canyon with the organization and implementation of the 4th annual Bat Festival, an event designed to educate visitors about the importance of bats. During the event, Tania delivered a 30-minute presentation on the results of her bat monitoring team research where she elaborated on the importance of bat conservation, as well as presenting opportunities to volunteer for Glen Canyon and engage in protecting bat habitats across the area. As a result of her experience, Tania plans to continue working with the Glen Canyon bat monitoring team while she finishes her Master's thesis at the California State University, Fullerton by further analyzing the data gathered during the summer.Tania Parra RamirezGlen Canyon National Recreation AreaAlejandro RamosRocky Mountain National Park Interpretive Intern (DHA) Alejandro shared his passion for the park through formal and informal interpretive programs. He served as a liaison between the park and the local Latino community to increase Latino participation in activities and events. Throughout the summer, Alejandro helped facilitate Spanish outreach programs, in English and Spanish, as well as promoted programs within the community through the library, school system and at other local events. He also created a map of the park to help visitors easily find lakes for fishing. " My job as an Interpretive Ranger has been to review the booklets with children and award them their badge. It has been an amazing experience for me to have children pledge an oath to protect the environment, and become responsible stewards of conservation. "-Alejandro Ramos, Intern

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Latino Heritage Internship Program19Angel López, helped the Cultural and Natural Resources teams to render caves and lava-tubes in 3D in hopes of better documenting the current state of the resources, as well as prepare audiovisual material for future safety training sessions and/or virtual tours. A typical day of work for Angel encompassed a ride to the New Mexican“badlands”, hiking through lava rocks, to reach one of the numerous caves on the teams’ list. After making sure they are wearing all of their protective gear, Angel went down steep paths, and narrow tunnels, leading to lower levels of a cave’s entrance. Once there, Angel would use a device crafted by his team to take hundreds of photos of the cave’s entire perimeters. These photos will then be stitched together by Angel using cloud-point based technology to create realistically accurate renderings of the monuments’ vast cave network.Angel LopezEl Malpais and El Morro National Monuments, NMCave Technician Intern"LHIP is all one group, but my co-intern and I are a closer team. Working with Marisol helps improve the quality of our educational programs as we can bounce ideas o each other.”- Evelyn Maldonado, InternSequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, CALittle was known about monarch butterfly habitat and populations in Dinosaur National Monument and surrounding areas within the Uintah Basin. This research project aimed to survey the area for monarch habitat - characterized mostly by the presence of milkweed, monarchs’ larval host plant where they lay their eggs - and the presence of monarchs at all stages of the life cycle. Survey data is submitted to the US Fish & Wildlife Service to aid in the Endangered Species Act listing decision for monarchs, which will come in December 2020. In addition to these surveys, monarchs are captured, tagged, and released to study their migration pathways. This research is conducted in cooperation with the Southwest Monarch Study. The monarch population in the Dinosaur area sits at the very Eastern edge of the Western monarch population and it is unknown if these monarchs migrate to Mexico (as Eastern monarchs do), California (as most Western monarchs are believed to do), or elsewhere. As such, tagging studies at Dinosaur are crucial for determining where monarchs from this area go for the winter months. Lindsay MartinezDinosaur National Monument, UTScience Communication and Resource Monitoring Intern

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Latino Heritage Internship Program20JOINING THE WORKFORCEEduardo Chaidez John Muir NHS, CAAlvin RiveraSan Francisco Maritime NHP, CAKevin JaureguiFlorissant Fossil Beds NM, CO Francisco UribeYellowstone NP, WYAn important component of LHIP is ensuring that interns compete well for jobs. We provide additional training, mentorship, and assistance with resumes, interviews, letters of recommendation, and more. Our interns credit their internships for creating pathways to careers in natural resources. Meet some of the interns who are now pursuing their passions as federal employees, in nonpermanent positions with the NPS and other federal agencies, and with other nongovernmental organizations. Natalie MatiasSoutheast Regional Oce, FLTomás DezaNPS Rivers, TrailsCristina Martinez GuzmánGlacier Bay NP, AKDaniel MiguelEverglades NP, FLBrenda RamirezGolden Gate NP, CAChantelle Ruidant-HansenSan Antonio Missions NHP, TXSienna CórdobaFort Larned NHS, KSJhulianGutierrezBiscayne NP, FL Brandon BarriganFriends of Pt. Reyes NP, CAMaria Alejandra MuñozDept. of Water Resources, CA Tania Parra-Ramirez, San Bernardino NF, CAYaneris Soto MuñizInternational Institute of Tropical ForestryExamples of Interns Hired by Other Federal and Non-governmental OrganizationsLesly CaballeroNatureBridge, CAAshleyann Perez RiveraNational Fish and Wildlife Foundation, DCJonathan TejedaCalifornia State Parks, CA"I’m super thankful to LHIP for giving me the opportunity to get my foot through the door and be something more than what I originallythought I could be." - Brandon Barrigan 2018 InternLEGENDNF - National ForestNHP = National Historical ParkNHS - National Historic SiteNM = National MonumentNP = National ParkChantelle Ruidant-Hansen,San Antonio Missions, TXGibran Lule-HurtadoNational Center for Preservation Technology and Training, TX

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Latino Heritage Internship Program21CAREER WORKSHOPUpon completing their internships, program participants traveled to Washington, D.C. for a three-day career and leadership workshop. During the workshop, interns presented their projects accomplishments orally or in a poster presentation, interacted with NPS leaders, guest presenters that included scientists from NASA and the Smithsonian, program managers from Forrest Service and Fish and Wildlife Service, CEOs for Conservation organizations and LHIP alumnus. The interns also participated in a facilitated discussion on diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Additionally, the workshop also provided the important opportunity for interns better navigate the federal hiring process. The workshop created an important conclusion to the internship experience, and culminated with comments and suggestions for improvement from the participants and an awards ceremony for the interns.Career Workshop Guest PresentersA leadership panel introduced our LHIP interns to professionals at the highest levels of their organizations. They shared their "big picture" perspectives on federal employment, diversity in the workplace, and how to better compete for jobs with the National Park Service.How important was the opportunity to meet the other interns in person during the workshop?Very Important: 82% " I loved meeting everyone in DC!" - Alejandra Munoz, Intern

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Latino Heritage Internship Program22Oral PresentationsAn important part of the post-internship workshop was the opportunity interns have to share the projects they completed over the summer. Direct Hire Authority interns were required to give 15-minute oral presentations and to be prepared to answer questions about their work.Poster PresentationsLHIP interns also presented their work through poster presentations. The posters were created following guidelines typically used at professional conferences and meetings, further preparing participants to develop career-building skills.Other Workshop ActivitiesThe location of the post-internship workshop in our nation's capital gave interns the opportunity to visit famous memorials and museums, receive guided tours by National Park Service interpreters, and enjoy some city life."My summer at the National Park Service has given me some amazing opportunities! One thing I know for sure is that I am incredibly grateful to have been given the chance to complete projects for America’s national parks and the Latino community." - Stephanie Pomales, InternWashington Support Oce, International Aairs and Communications, D.C.

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Latino Heritage Internship Program23COMMUNITY OUTREACH ACTIVITIESHispanic Access Foundation and Environment for the Americas are committed to conservation, to raising LHIP intern awareness of pertinent conservation issues, and to working with national parks to promote awareness of factors that impact our natural world. In 2019, we accomplished this by joining the strenghts of two dynamic programs Latino Conservation Week and World Migratory Bird Day. LATINO CONSERVATION WEEK (LCW): Hispanc Access Foundation launched Latino Conservation Week in 2014 to support Latino activities in the outdoors. Across the country, programs encourage Latino communities to come together and to demonstrate their passion for the outdoors -- both its enjoyment and preservation.WORLD MIGRATORY BIRD DAY (WMBD): Environment for the Americas coordinates World Migratory Bird Day, a global event that brings together diverse people in a celebration of the spectacular phenomenon of bird migrations and the ways that everyone can help to protect birds and their habitats. Interns received WMBD bilingual (Spanish/English) education materials to share at their parks.LHIP interns were enthusiastic about providing LCW and WMBD activities at their parks. Over the summer, at least 6 activities were organized by interns. We are thrilled that two interns are planning fall WMBD programs in Florida. 1. Bilingual Interpretive Hike: Point Reyes National Seashore2. Bilingual Interpretive Hike: Fort Sumter National Monument3. Birding On The Prairie: Homestead National Monument of America4. World Migratory Bird Day: Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site 5. Migration is Beautiful Living History and Conservation Event: Fort Larned National Historic Site6. World Migratory Bird Day: Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Site - Skagway7. Field Experiences: Everglades National ParkLCW and WMBD activities reached park visitors of all ages. In 2019, the WMBD conservation theme focused on plastic pollution, and interns shared messages about reducing plastic use.

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Latino Heritage Internship Program24MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS▶ Experience a bird walk at Homestead in Spanish (Received 816 likes on NPS Facebook.)▶ Homestead says goodbye to Puerto Rican internónica M. Barreto Rosa, Homestead National Monument of America, NESienna Córdoba, Fort Larned National Historic Site, KS▶ LCW in Fort Larned National Historic Site, Great Bend Tribune:▶ La Ke Buena 105.9 InterviewDavid Riera, Everglades National Park, FL▶ Everglades Latino Conversation Weeks Facebook Post Mónica Ortiz Cortés, Washington Support Oce, Historic American Buildings Survey, D.C.▶ NPS Heritage Documentation Facebook post celebrating LHIPIsabel Robles, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, TX▶ LCW San Antonio Missions promotional video - shared on Facebook and Twitter▶ Celebrating Latino Conservation Week Garcia Lopez, Point Reyes National Seashore, CA▶ KWMR▶ Todos Los Niños En Un Parque | Every Kid In A Park Hernandez, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park-Skagway, AK▶ Facebook

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Latino Heritage Internship Program25PROGRAM SUPPORT AND SUSTAINABILITYThe LHIP interns gathered in Washington, D.C. for a post-internship career workshop. They met with NPS leadership, including George McDonald, David Vela (front row, left) and Raymond Limon (front row, third from the right).The National Park Service Youth Programs Division support for the Latino Heritage Internship Program provided 11 - 12 week internships, travel and lodging, uniforms and eld supplies, and training and mentoring throughout the internships. Funds also aorded a post-internship workshop in Washington, D.C., including lodging, transportation, meals, and guest speakers. Program partners leveraged additional LHIP positions and extensions, and parks contributed funding to support intern travel and lodging. LHIP funding is detailed below.NPS Youth Programs Division Program Support $450,000.00Yosemite National Park, LHIP Internship $ 10,000.00Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, LHIP Internship $ 10,000.00Fort Larned National Historic Site, LHIP Internship Extension $ 2,428.80Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites LHIP Internship Extension $ 1,094.40Olmstead Center for Landscape Architecture, LHIP Intern Travel $ 2,500.00Saguaro National Park, LHIP Intern Lodging $ 1,500.00TOTAL PROGRAM SUPPORT $477,523.20

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Latino Heritage Internship Program26“I spent a lot of time engaging with the public and conducting my outreach program, which was great. It was pretty awesome to see some people from my area visit the park as I was able to give them good information on the area, the awesome vegetation around here, as well as the history.”- Alberto Herrera, InternLewis and Clark National Historical Park, ORAlberto Herrera, River and trail InternLewis and Clark National Historical Park, OR

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Mely Bohlman • University of Arizona Saguaro National Park, AZ I’m Melisa Bohlman, but I go by Mely. I studied Environmental Science, Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona and graduated last December. Currently, I work for Environmental Education Exchange, teaching middle school students in Tucson and Nogales about energy efficiency in our technology and behaviors, as well as our distribution of natural resources. I’ve grown up thanking Tucson for the sunrises, sunsets, starry skies and strong succulents, so it is a dream come true to be working with Saguaro National Park. I’m really passionate about combining my Ecuadorian heritage and culture to the surrounding environment and keeping the humanities alive in this technologically-driven society. I have been fortunate enough throughout my college education to have traveled to the Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest, the Galapagos Islands, and various coastal cities of Brazil. I also value the importance of bringing more cultural diversity to our national parks, especially being in a geographic space that is close to the border and is a biodiverse nexus (thank you Sonoran desert!).Verónica M. Barreto Rosa • University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus Homestead National Monument of America, NEBorn and raised in the island of Puerto Rico, I’m a Latina who carries her heritage with pride as I represent it wherever I go. Furthermore, I’m a first-generation college student at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, where I’m majoring with a double concentration in Journalism and Modern Languages. During my free time, I enjoy reading about cultures, history and politics, a practice that has brought me closer to a better understanding of where I come from. My passion is traveling and discovering unknown things, and then being able to write about them. Another of my most beloved actives is practicing Portuguese and French to improve my knowledge of these languages in order to break cultural barriers. As an intern at Homestead National Monument of America, in Nebraska, I’ll work to have an activities role in the preservation and knowledge of the Latin American culture at the park.America Avila • SUNY PotsdamSalem Maritime and Saugus Iron works National Historic Sites, MAI am a first-generation Ecuadorian Mexican student attending SUNY Potsdam for a B.A. in Environmental Studies. I chose this field because of my interest in environmental justice, outdoor recreation and my astronomical love for nature. When I’m not focused on my studies, I’m either clumsily ice skating or journaling on a trail or any park close to me.Monique Byro • University of FloridaFort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park, SCMy name is Monique Byro, and I just graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Mass Communications. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, I have experienced the duality between nature and society my entire life. Being from such a bustling city has pushed me to reach out and explore the different avenues for sustainable balances in typical day to day situations. I enjoy reading, writing, and making music in my down time. My favorite national park is Joshua Tree. I hope to use my degree and experience within the Latino Heritage Internship Program to rally for social and environmental changes with the context of my community through different art forms.2019 LHIP Intern ProlesLatino Heritage Internship Program27

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Alejandro Garcia • University of Texas at El Paso Chamizal National Memorial, TXMy name is Alejandro Garcia, and I am a historian and cultural anthropologist based in El Paso, Texas. I earned a B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on African American Studies, and a B.A. in Anthropology with an emphasis on Cultural Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, Archaeological Field Methods, and Cultural Resource Management at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in the History Department at UTEP, with an emphasis on borderlands studies and public history. I am actively conducting research on the ongoing process of constitutional recognition for afro-descendant communities in Mexico by defining cultural difference through music and other cultural expressions. I am also currently the graduate student Research Assistant for the Museo Urbano, The Center for Borderlands History, The Public History Lab and The Institute of Oral History at UTEP. I have also served as lecturer, curator, assistant curator, and as a researcher for exhibits at The American Museum of Natural History in New York City, The History Museum of El Paso, and the Centennial Museum at UTEP.Vanessa Colegio • Texas A&M International UniversityNational Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C. My name is Vanessa Colegio and as of this summer, I will be a Volunteer Outreach & Recruitment Intern for the National Mall & Memorial Parks. Being born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, and raised in Laredo, Texas, has given me the opportunity to see the best of both worlds. I am extremely proud to say that I am a first-generation Hispanic student and recent graduate from Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Psychology. I am grateful for the numerous job and extra-curricular activities TAMIU has granted me which have further developed my leadership skills and have created the young professional that I am today. Some of my hobbies include dancing, cooking, traveling and socializing with others.Sienna Cordoba • University of California, Santa Barbara Fort Larned National Historic Site, KS My mom, an entomologist and Adirondack raised woodland creature on the women’s rugby team, and my dad, a wildlife management expert and butterfly stroke swimming party animal straight out of the Colombian Andes, met at SUNY ESF. I was quickly born in Alexandria, Virginia, and grew up with my backyard on the Beltway - but always retained my parents’ fascination with and devotion to protecting and studying nature. I have my Master’s degree in Latin American and Environmental History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I received my BA in History from NYU with a double major in Dramatic Literature. I’m an independent writer and researcher currently working on an innovative environmental history of motherhood in 19th century Paraguay. I am looking forward to connecting with the Latino audience at the Fort Larned site and making a positive contribution. I am so grateful for this opportunity to do research that is directly connected to conserving Latino heritage and re-telling Latino histories from our own point of view!William Marcos Gonzalez • University of MassachusettsMinute Man National Historical Park, MAI am originally from Jacksonville, Florida. I am a member of the graduating class of 2013 from the United States Coast Guard Academy, located in New London, Connecticut. I completed five years of active duty service in the U.S. Coast Guard where I was stationed in Portsmouth, Virginia and Kings Bay, Georgia. I met my wife, Rachel B. Gonzalez, during my senior year at the academy and we were married in 2016. In summer of 2018, I left the service and we moved to Springfield, Massachusetts, so I could attend graduate school at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I recently completed my first year of studies in Landscape Architecture. I enjoy cycling, skiing, hiking and all things history and politics.Latino Heritage Internship Program28

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Edgar Hernandez • California State University, Long BeachKlondike Gold Rush National Historic Park - Skagway, AKI was born and raised in the Pico-Union Neighborhood in Los Angeles, California. I am the son of two undocumented immigrants who came to the United States for a better life. As a child, I witnessed the lives of youth and of my community go to waste due to violence, addiction, and poverty. Growing up, I was a hopeless child, until the day I witnessed the murder of a 16-year-old. That pushed me to break societal norms. I now hold a Master’s of Arts in Applied Anthropology from California State University, Long Beach. I am an Applied Anthropologist who has been part of multiple longitudinal studies ranging from childcare providers to gang members. I am a tireless advocate for students in the Pico-Union Neighborhood and the chair of the Youth Committee for the Pico-Union Neighborhood Council. Currently, I am working as a substance abuse counselor with the homeless and incarcerated population of Los Angeles County. Jhulian Gutierrez • Lone Star College Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, PAI was born and raised in Miami, Florida, but currently reside in Hempstead, Texas. Ever since I was a young boy, I have been fascinated with zoology and wildlife conservation. Growing up, my aunt, who is also my mentor, would tell me stories of her career in environmental science and working as a park ranger. These stories left me in awe, as my love for wildlife conservation grows stronger every minute. I dream to one day have a career which I love and that will challenge me every day. As a first generation college student, this has become a passion. After I graduated high school, I moved northwest of Houston, Texas, and began taking courses at Lone Star College, where I am pursuing an associate’s degree. I then want to transfer to a university to obtain my Bachelor’s in marine zoology. I am very grateful and look forward to the opportunity to work at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site in Elverson, Pennsylvania. I plan to take all of the experience and to utilize the skills I acquire towards my future career. Tanya Helbig • St. Mary’s University Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park - Seattle, WAMy name is Tanya Helbig, and I was born in Kiel, Germany, but raised in San Antonio, Texas. I am a second-generation college student working towards an undergraduate degree at St. Mary’s University in Environmental Science and minoring in Business Administration. I have worked on projects during my undergrad that involved sustainability, conservation, and environmental management. My goal in life is to promote sustainability in all communities, and inspiring others to become more environmentally active. I aspire to work with either non-profit organizations or government agencies relating to environmental management. I am proud of my Mexican/German culture because it has made me the diverse and open-minded person I am today. In my free time, I enjoy getting out of the city and going to parks to enjoy nature. National parks have always had a special place in my heart and have been the reason I cherish the preservation of natural environments. Alberto Herrera • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, ORI was born and raised in Weslaco, Texas, which is located in the Rio Grande Valley. LHIP will be my second internship, as I was an intern for Texas Parks & Wildlife last summer and worked alongside Texas game wardens. I am very excited to be able to reach out and interact with the Hispanic community in Oregon and everyone else at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park this summer! I currently attend the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where I study Criminal Justice and also run track and field. I look forward to running every inch of this park, learning from my observations and from the people I work with so that I can do the best I can during my internship.Latino Heritage Internship Program29

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Melissa Hurtado • Boston University Washington Support Oce, Archeology, Washington, D.C.My name is Melissa, I was born in Cali, Colombia, and strongly believe in interdisciplinary work. I am currently studying biological anthropology and archaeology at Boston University. My .interests are, but are not limited to, zooarchaeology, Americas pre-Columbus, population genetics, and primatology. I’m currently conducting research at the Boston University’s Zooarchaeology lab on Northern Fur Seal remains from a site in Kodiak Island, Alaska, to try and better understand past environments. I have a strong passion for what I do because it allows me to be in flux and search for alternative solutions to complex questions. Aside from school, I enjoy a good bike trail and some quality live jazz. On the side, I shoot film and have a project that gives women (mostly Latinas in Miami) a platform to speak on what being a woman means to them and the fluidity of the definition. In Miami I lived in Homestead, which is in between Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park, so I frequently visited them both to bird watch and bask in nature. My hopes in the future are to inspire other Latinos and bring a new perspective to the sciences, specifically archaeology and anthropology.Kevin Garcia Lopez • Humboldt State University Point Reyes National Seashore, CAI was raised in Los Angeles, California, but I currently live in Arcata, a small city located on the northern coast of California. I am a junior at Humboldt State University earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Wildlife Biology and Applied Vertebrate Ecology. It has always been my goal to work with animals since I was young, mainly inspired by countless visits to zoos and through the art of animal documentaries. My passion for the environment and its organisms grew exponentially during the last ten years, thanks to exposure to national parks and a volunteer opportunity at a wildlife center, where I gained experience rehabilitating wildlife. My career goal is to become a field biologist, and I hope to work with endangered species, engage in wildlife management, and find ways to mitigate the effects of urbanization. Another career goal is to introduce science to people of different backgrounds, to inspire them to pursue careers in the field or simply to spark an interest that will connect them to our natural treasures. I’m thankfull this internship allows me to make this connection possible. Angel Lopez • University of MarylandEl Malpais and El Morro National Monuments, NM My name is Angel Lopez. I’m a student veteran and Geographical Information Science major at the University of Maryland (UMD). I currently work as an outdoor Trip Leader for the Adventure Program at UMD. Other than having great GIS system technical skills, my rock-climbing instructor certification, Wilderness First Responder medical training, and outdoor leadership skills prove that I love working in the field. I’m also a strong believer in creating a friendly work environment with my fun attitude, and encouraging others by spreading optimism. As a Peer Advisor for Veteran Education at UMD, I help incoming student veterans to transition to campus lifestyle seamlessly. Outside of work, you can find me whitewater kayaking, mountain biking or hiking with family and friends.Evelyn Maldonado • University of MarylandSequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, CAMy name is Evelyn Maldonado and I am studying Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Maryland. I grew up in Ecuador and after graduating from high school I decided to come back to the U.S. to pursue my Bachelor’s degree. I love nature and the outdoors and cannot wait to spend my summer at Kings Canyon National Park sharing my passion for the environment with others.Latino Heritage Internship Program30

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Lindsay Martinez • Princeton UniversityDinosaur National Monument, UTI am from Great Falls, Montana, and grew up exploring nearby Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks with my family, inspiring a love of the outdoors and wildlife. I graduated from Princeton University in June 2019 with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and minors in Environmental Studies and African Studies. For my undergraduate thesis at Princeton, I completed field work and lab work in Kenya to study parasitic infection in plains zebras and endangered Grevy’s zebras. I was a member of the Princeton University Conservation Society and traveled with the group to Puerto Rico in May 2019 to study the impacts of climate change on local ecology and communities. My main interest is wildlife conservation. I am looking forward to working with the National Park Service at Dinosaur National Monument, where I will use my field research skills to contribute to monarch butterfly research that can inform decision making concerning listing under the Endangered Species Act. I am also interested in creative communications methods and writing, and am excited to work on science communications at Dinosaur.Natalie Matias • Florida State UniversitySoutheast Archeological Center, FLMy name is Natalie Matias and I am a first-generation undergraduate student of Honduran and Puerto Rican descent. I was born and raised in Miami, and although I miss my city dearly, I cannot wait to travel the world! I have always had a passion for archaeology and am so grateful I get to pursue my dream daily. I am trilingual, speaking English, Spanish, and Italian. I enjoy hanging out with my friends, trying new foods, and riding ATV’s.Marisol Morales • University of California, Irvine Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, CAI am a first generation graduate from University of California, Irvine (UCI) where I majored in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I was born and raised in beautiful Southern California, which inspired my love for nature at a young age. While in college, I worked as an intern for UCI’s Center for Environmental Biology, where I helped with ecological restoration projects as well as education and outreach programs. I was also part of Hermanas Unidas, a non-profit organization devoted to supporting Latina women in college, which reinforced my love for my culture. I’m passionate about science and education, so I’m very excited to get to work with Kings Canyon National Park as an interpretive intern. I look forward to combining my love of science, education, and nature in order to better reach the Latino community at Kings Canyon National Park!Alejandra Muñoz • Tufts University Joshua Tree National Park, CAMy name is Alejandra Muñoz and I am a recent graduate from Tufts University with a degree in Biology and Environmental Studies. Having been born in Colombia and raised in Florida, I’ve benefited both from a warm and loving culture at home to endless opportunities in this country. I have been fortunate enough to have been able to follow my passions throughout college, studying wildlife ecology in Boston and around the world. I want to take what I’ve learned and give back to underserved communities, namely through exposure to nature and all it has to offer. I am passionate about conservation, Latinx and immigrant issues, LGBTQ issues, and seeing as many beautiful things as I can in this short life. Latino Heritage Internship Program31

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Emelyn Najera • University of PennsylvaniaOlmsted Center for Landscape Architecture, MA My name is Emelyn Najera. I am a California native, a first-generation Mexican American and a current graduate student. Growing up in Southern California, I had the opportunity to visit some of the region’s most iconic architecture, from the state’s historic missions to Los Angeles deconstructivist monuments, recognizing the importance that the built landscape has in the formation of a region’s, and its people’s, identity. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California where I earned a Bachelor of Architecture in May 2017. My interest in architecture and the built heritage inspired me to pursue graduate degrees in Historic Preservation and City Planning at the University of Pennsylvania, where I attend currently. In the future, I hope to do my part in the designation and preservation of Latin American built heritage. In my free time, I enjoy sketching, reading, and spending time with my family and pets.Steven Nañez • Georgia Gwinnett College Yosemite National Park, CA My name is Steven Nañez, and I am a fisheries science student currently living in Atlanta, Georgia. I was raised in Miami, Florida on the edge of Everglades National Park, where my interest and love for nature started. Growing up, I had access to some of the most beautiful beaches in the U.S., and I learned how to respect and admire the water and the creatures that inhabit it. Immigrating from Colombia, South America, my family taught me to appreciate the opportunities offered in this country, which sparked my drive in academics. While pursuing my B.S. degree, I was fortunate enough to work with various sport fish, endangered and invasive species of fish, and several shark species. I hope to find myself in a graduate program studying to become a fish biologist in the near future. I am excited about participating in the LHIP internship in Yosemite National Park this year.Cesar Ortiz • New Mexico State UniversityTallgrass Prairie National Preserve, KS My name is Cesar H. Ortiz. I am an undergraduate student at New Mexico State University studying Wildlife Science. I am from El Paso, Texas, while my father is from Chihuahua, Mexico, and my mother is also from El Paso, Texas. Living on the border has helped me learn both Spanish and English while maintaining contact with all my family members in Mexico. After graduation, I plan on pursuing a Master’s degree and a job in a government agency such as the National Park Service or U.S. Forest Service.Mónica Ortiz-Cortes • University of PennsylvaniaWashington Support Oce, Historic American Buildings Survey, Washington, D.C.I’m Mónica Ortiz-Cortes. I was born and raised in the colorful island of Puerto Rico. Growing up I was very interested in art, but it wasn’t until I was fifteen that I discovered my love for architecture. I was inspired by how historic buildings were designed to last and endured time way past the designer’s lifetime. That’s when I decided to pursue a degree in Architecture, which I just finished in July 2018. During my degree I first experienced working with historic buildings in a preservation studio where we had to document and look for the history of that special place that we were going to incorporate into our design. That experience made me decide that Historic Preservation was something I wanted to do in conjunction with my Architecture degree for my career. Now I’m a student at the University of Pennsylvania who plans to graduate in 2020 with a Master of Science degree in Historic Preservation.Latino Heritage Internship Program32

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Tania Parra-Ramirez • University of CaliforniaGlen Canyon National Recreation Area, UTYo me llamo Tania. I was born in Mexico City and moved to California, Santa Cruz with my mom when I was 9 years old. Growing up in California, I was fortunate enough to spend my summers traveling to Yosemite National Park and Sequoia National Park with my family. It was there that my love for ecology was born. I would spend hours learning about the plants and animals that lived there and I was always in awe of the park rangers that worked there. I made a promise to myself that one day I would be a park ranger too! After high school I decided to pursue a career in science. I graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology and I am currently working on getting my Master’s degree in Environmental Science. I can’t wait to learn new skills this summer and continue my path to achieve my childhood dreams.Trinity Pineda • University of California, Davis Yosemite National Park, CAI was born and raised in San Diego, California, before I moved north to Davis for university. I’m studying wildlife, fish, and conservation biology, which has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. I grew up with a love of animals and, over time, I have realized that I want to be able to help manage declining wildlife populations and also work with communities to help find ways to mitigate human-wildlife conflicts. While attending classes, I keep myself pretty busy working two student affairs jobs and doing DNA work with one of the research labs on campus. While I’ve taken advantage of the opportunities my university has, I am excited to be gaining more field experience this summer as I join the aquatics team in Yosemite National Park.Stephanie Pomales • University of CaliforniaWashington Support Oce, International Aairs and Communications, Washington D.C.My name is Stephanie Pomales and I am a recent high honors graduate from the University of California, Davis, where I majored in Communications and minored in Global and International Studies. During my time at UC Davis, I was placed on the Dean’s Honors List three times and won more than $45,000 in scholarships from organizations like The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and The Alliance For Women In Media. I was also chosen for the selective Mentorship in Agriculture, Letters and Science program where I was able to develop my honors thesis on student mental health. One of my research papers was also selected from the prestigious UC Davis Prized Writing Award. My biggest community accomplishments were serving on the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Advisory Board and lobbying for increased student funding at the California State Capitol with the UC Student Association. When I wasn’t studying, I was interning with NASA in the Department of Virtual Communications through the Virtual Student Foreign Service Program, and making strides as the Media and Communications Coordinator for UC Davis Global Affairs. My long-term plans are to move to Washington, D.C. to pursue a career in communications and social media. I’m incredibly excited to be interning with the National Park Service’s Office of Communications and Office of International Affairs this summer!Alejandro Ramos • Modesto Junior College Rocky Mountain National Park, COMy name is Alejandro Ramos, and I will be an intern this summer at the legendary Rocky Mountain National Park! The San Francisco Bay area is my birthplace, and Manteca is my hometown. Located in California’s Central Valley, Manteca is a place rich in opportunities to enjoy nature. Being the oldest of four, I was lucky enough to have amazing parents who nurtured and inspired my love for nature. Both of my parents are from Mexico; my dad is originally from Juchitlan, Jalisco, and my mom from San Juan, Zacatecas. Growing up, my parents would frequently take us on camping and fishing trips. Now I frequently go on camping trips all around California, and have developed a deep appreciation for wildlife. I am currently attending Modesto Junior College, with a predicted transfer date to University of California, Davis, in May of 2020 for B.S. in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation.Latino Heritage Internship Program33

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David Riera • Florida International UniversityEverglades National Park, FLI am currently a doctoral student at Florida International University. As a second year doctoral student in the College of Education, I leverage my passion for research, conservation, and education to be an advocate for diversity and inclusion in STEM. I hold five collegiate degrees and ten professional certifications (from veterinary technician to open water deep-sea diver) in various STEM and industrial disciplines, which I utilized in partnership with scientific societal leadership to increase the presence and participation of underserved students/emergent professionals through activities and initiatives. I am also a United States Marine Combat Veteran and first-generation Afro-Hispanic college graduate. I am driven to raise public awareness through environmental and agricultural education, relentless through my work tackling various social and environmental justice issues (like environmental racism, urban degreening, food desertification), and am committed to the management, distribution, and preservation of cultural knowledge and inquiry-based research. My primary goals as a 2019 LHIP Intern is to serve alongside a national network of emergent experts, create lasting bridges between ourselves and our professional partners and hosts, as well as build talent and skills to develop support strategies for minorities, students, veterans and their families through agriculture, natural resources, and related science careers.Isabel Robles • University of IdahoSan Antonio Missions National Historical Park, TXMy name is Isabel Robles, and I am currently a first-generation student at the University of Idaho. Having immigrant parents from Mexico allowed me to grow up in southern Idaho being completely immersed in Mexican culture and traditions. At my university I am working towards a B.A. in International Studies and Broadcasting and Digital Media with minors in Spanish and journalism. My majors have allowed me to be more educated on issues occurring around the world while also allowing me to tell people’s stories through video. On campus I like to be involved in my community and participating in events that empower my local Latinx community. I have served as media coordinator for a Latinx social activism club and I am currently working for a violence prevention program on campus doing video marketing. I love traveling and learning about new cultures whenever I get the chance. I’ve also always loved the outdoors and spending time doing recreational outdoor activities. My freshman year of college I participated in the Doris Duke Conservation Scholar Program. It was during this program that I learned that conservation and environmental issues are multi-dimensional and require effort from all fields of work. The LHIP is exciting because it will allow me to combine my interests and skills together.Tony Rodriguez • Appalachian State University Cowpens National Battleeld, SCMy name is Tony Rodriguez, and I am a senior at Appalachian State University majoring in both public history and secondary education for history. I have a great passion for history, especially the history of the American Revolutionary War, which is why I was super happy when I received word I got an internship at Cowpens National Battlefield. I was born, raised, and lived in Sandusky, Ohio, for 19 years before I moved to North Carolina in 2014. I did competitive distance running for 10 years, including cross country and track. I am a pretty outgoing person who is always up for anything. Most of my family lives in Ohio, along with my best friends. I have been to South Carolina multiple times for vacations, so my LHIP experience in the park will be an experience for me. This internship is going to be great, and I look forward to meeting all the people I’ll be working with. Alexandra Santiago-Georget • University of MiamiNational Parks of Boston, MAI’m a Puerto Rican filmmaker currently in pursuit of my Master’s degree at the University of Miami, graduating in 2019. I always had a passion for storytelling, which led me to pursue my first degree in Journalism from the University of Puerto Rico. Upon finishing my Bachelor’s, I realized film and the visual medium was how I wanted to tell and share these stories. Since I started my MFA, I’ve worked on award-winning short films and showcased at film festivals, shot for feature documentaries, created content for the MDC Museum of Art and Design and the Perez Art Museum, collaborated with some amazing artists and taught my own class. I’m excited to keep working within the medium, sharing and showcasing often overlooked stories that can create a lasting impact within a community.Latino Heritage Internship Program34

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Ismael Uribe • California State University, Sacramento Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, COMy name is Ismael Uribe, and I was born, raised, and currently reside in Vacaville, California. My parents come from Jalisco, Mexico, where they were born and raised before emigrating to the U.S. for better work opportunities. After serving in the U.S. Army for nearly five years, I attended culinary school where I received an A.O.S. in Culinary Arts. A few years after graduation I found myself in school again and focusing on earning a degree in History. I transferred from San Francisco City College to Sonoma State University where I received my B.A. in History. Since the fall of 2018 I have been enrolled as a graduate student at California State University, Sacramento in the Public History program with a concentration in Archives. Jonathan Tejeda • California State University, NorthridgeSequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, CA I am a first generation student currently attending California State University, Northridge and a graduate student majoring in geography and environmental studies. I have prior experience working as a forester for Southern California Edison and as a water resource intern for the U.S. Forest Service. Aside from my experience and educational background, my ethnicity is Mexican American, and both my parents emigrated from Mexico. My family is my inspiration, as they have overcome several hardships while seeking a better life. I am truly motivated to continue developing as an emerging professional, and I am blessed to be given this opportunity from LHIP and the National Park Service. This opportunity opens a new chapter in my life and I will enjoy my journey along the way, thank you!Citlali Villarreal • Rice University Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, CAAs an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major at Rice University in Houston, Texas, I look at the various ecological relationships that exist in nature. I analyze the evolution, structure, and function of organisms and seek to learn more about anthropogenic effects on ecosystems and biological diversity. Other academic interests of mine include conservation biology and veterinary medicine. National parks hold a special place in my heart because they educate the public on nature conservation and help preserve ecosystems and breathtaking landscapes. I am in awe of nature’s beauty, and am committed to learning more about the environment so that I can help protect it. My fondness for the outdoors draws me to activities like hiking, bike riding, and camping. I also love traveling, eating food, dancing, and listening to music. My future plans are to become a doctor of veterinary medicine and work on learning how to operate my own small animal veterinary practice. I am thankful for the Latino Heritage Internship Program because it affords Latinas such as myself an opportunity to explore career interests and to help increase diversity in national park programs across the United States.Latino Heritage Internship Program35

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