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Eligibility. In order to be eligible for participation in the PNV Internship program, applicants must meet two general criteria. The first is that they be enrolled (in good academic standing) in a degree or certificate program in an accredited community college (including a tribal college) , 4-year college, or university . This is because the federal employment component of the PNV Internship is funded through the National Park Service’s STEP and SCEP programs, which require that summer interns be both enrolled in a degree or certificate program, and be returning to participation in their academic program in the fall semester after their period of seasonal summer employment.

The second criterion is that applicants have some form of affiliation with an indigenous American tribe, band, or culture group that has a traditional cultural or historical affiliation with one of the national parks, monuments, historic sites, or other NPS unit in the western Great Plains/Mountain West/Southwest that has an interpretive program. Generally speaking, this includes any tribe, band or indigenous culture group in the western Great Plains, Mountain West, or Southwestern United States.

Outreach. Early in the Spring of each calendar year, once it is known how much funding may be available for the PNV Project for the coming summer, the Intermountain Regional Headquarters of the National Park Service issues an announcement to all parks, monuments, and historic sites in the region, informing them of the continuation of the program. In this announcement, it also invites them to participate in the program and to nominate any eligible persons they know of who might be good candidates for the PNV internship program.

There are three principal forms of outreach that have been useful in identifying successful PNV internships applicants in the past. The first is outreach to NPS units in the region, as described above. Working with their tribal consultation committees, superintendents and chiefs of interpretation identify and recommend for acceptance into the PNV internship program students they think would be a good fit with their interpretive programs and whom they think will be able to make a positive contribution to their interpretive programs. A second form of outreach is to Native American Student Centers at colleges and universities throughout the region, announcing the program and providing a link to the PNV website. And yet a third is summer job fair workshops in which workforce enhancement staff from the NPS Intermountain West regional headquarters have participated. It is our hope that the PNV website itself will also prove to be a useful outreach mechanism in and of itself.

The PNV Internship Course. A syllabus of the PNV internship course can be found at the link below. If there are further questions, please contact any of us whose contact information is provided under the Contact Us tab of the PNV website.

PNV Course Syllabus

The Application Process. Under the Application Forms tab of the PNV website are four documents: the flyer announcing the program, a Frequently Asked Questions handout, the Application Form itself, and the STEP/SCEP Eligibility Form. We invite interested students to first study the flyer and FAQ documents to learn about the internship program. For more information, we also invite you to get in touch with any of us whose contact information is provided under the Contact Us tab of the PNV website.

If you then decide you wish to apply for the program, download and fill out the application form and the eligibility form. You can fill these forms out electronically and email them to the person whose contact information is provided on the form (to be followed by hard copy mailed to the contact person); or you can download and print out the forms, fill them out by hand, sign the forms, scan them, and email them as .PDF files to the contact person. Should you have any questions about how to respond to items on the application and eligibility forms, we invite you to contact us for that purpose as well.