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The Mosaics in Science Internship Program is coordinated by the National Park Service and Environment for the Americas. Together, we work to provide unique experiences for diverse youth to work side-by-side with scientists, researchers, and educators.

2019 Mosaics in Science Report

2019 Mosaics in Science Report

Studies of bats, caves, hummingbirds, butterflies and more filled the 12 week internships. Meet some of the interns and learn about this rigorous internship program in our 2019 report. Read the report by selecting the image above.

Meet a 2020 Intern!



In 2020, interns will work side-by-side with scientists and other professionals. Interns are part of bat research, bird surveys, seed collection projects, geological surveys, archeological explorations, and much more. Interns receive additional training through weekly webinars and help to share the mission of the program through this Blog. During a post-internship career workshop, participants have a first opportunity to meet other interns face-to-face and share their summer’s work during an oral or poster presentation. Guest speakers provide additional information about science careers and federal jobs.  The goals of MIS are to provide science-based internships for racially and ethnically undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates to increase relevancy, diversity and inclusion in the National Park Service (NPS). We also strive to promote the mission of the NPS and to support high priority natural resource management and visitor education and interpretation projects in some of America’s most beautiful places.

“Words cannot adequately describe how thankful I am for this opportunity of a lifetime. I will forever remain grateful for having had the chance to participate in such an amazing program like the Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship Program.” 

Katlyn Fuentes, 2019

Mosaics Blog

Interview with an NPS Scientist

Working at Glen Canyon National Park I’ve had the opportunity to meet dedicated scientists from all parts of the country. During our long days out in the field, I enjoy listening to their past adventures Read more…

Quite the Adjustment

So far, working on this project has been very interesting, as I am confined to exploring Wind Cave virtually. Despite not physically being at my site, my supervisor has worked hard to make me feel Read more…

The Language of Bird Songs

As I mentioned in previous posts, I have spent most of this summer teleworking from my home in Fairbanks. My main project has been to develop a video about the conservation of Yellow-billed Loons, specifically, Read more…

Another Day, Another Species

Most of my summer here at Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been spent doing fish population surveys using the 3-point depletion sampling method. As I have said previously, this sampling method works wonderfully on Read more…

A Trio of Parks

As previously mentioned, the Southeast Arizona Group (SEAZ) is composed of three parks: Coronado National Memorial (CORO), Chiricahua National Monument (CHIR), and Fort Bowie National Historic Site (FOBO). My favorite aspect of this internship is Read more…

The Work Begins

It was been a full three weeks since my arrival in Southeast Arizona. Given the pandemic, my arrival from Texas was kicked off with a two-week quarantine. Luckily, Coronado National Memorial (CORO) has two employee Read more…

Am I a Botanist Yet?

One of my goals for my summer as an NPS intern was to increase my plant knowledge. I realize that common plants in South Dakota will likely not show up too frequently back home in Read more…

A Tale of Two Worlds

In the southwestern corner of South Dakota lies Wind Cave National Park, the first cave to be selected as a national park anywhere in the world. At 150 miles in length, Wind Cave is one Read more…

The History of Mount Rushmore

Though all national parks have complicated histories, Mount Rushmore National Monument is much more controversial and political than other sites. The monument was completed in 1941 by Gutzon Borglum. A member of the  Ku Klux Read more…

A Summer Exploring Wind Cave

This summer, my focus will lie on creating a geology training manual for the Interpretation and Education division of Wind Cave National park. This geologic resource manual will help future park interpreters and staff effectively Read more…

Exploring the Badlands

When I flew out to South Dakota, I did not expect to be sliding down Badlands, holding onto my hiking pole for dear life, soon after my arrival.  The Northern Great Plains Inventory and Monitoring Read more…

My Project

So, my project is turning out to be interesting and engaging, yet somewhat complicated. Because of the delayed start time for the internship, a lot of my duties here had to be reduced or cut Read more…

Out on the Slopes

This summer my primary objective will be to continue the implementation of the Unstable Slope Management Program (USMP) at Chiricahua National Monument. The USMP is a geotechnical asset-management-based program designed to reduce the risk and Read more…

A Summer of Shocking

For my project this summer, I am working with the fisheries division with the goal of monitoring populations and productivity of the many fish species found in streams throughout Great Smoky Mountains. Within the park Read more…

Get to Know Me

Hello everyone! My name is Saida Burns-Moore, and I am a Mosaics in Science intern who will be working as an Education Assistant at Wind Cave National Park this summer. Hailing from Bronx, New York, Read more…

A Water-loving Boricua

Hola mi gente! My name is Alexandra Verdeja-Perez and this August I will be interning with Mosaics in Science and doing research in Biscayne National Park. In the park, I will be working with several Read more…

To Fairbanks and Beyond

Currently I am teleworking from my home in Fairbanks, though later I hope to spend more time at the National Park Service Fairbanks Administrative Center. My supervisor is currently working toward myself and the other Read more…

A Little About Me

Hello there! My name is Tania, I am a Mosaics in Science Intern working with Environment for the Americas at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. This will be my second year at Glen Canyon where Read more…

About My Park

I will be working at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. GSMNP is located within the parent range of the southern Appalachian Mountains and encompasses land in both eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. GSMNP is Read more…

¡Hola! Welcome to our Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship program ! I am Sheylda Díaz-Méndez, the MIS coordinator for  Environment for the Americas, a partner based in Colorado. Last year, I was invited to collaborate with MIS to do site Read more…

Welcome to MIS!

Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship Program is special in many ways. I am Susan Bonfield, the Director of Environment for the Americas. As a biologist and educator, I love the opportunities MIS provides you to Read more…

Intro: Yair Torres

I conducted my undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University (TAMU) and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Geoscience and a minor in Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIST). I am currently a graduate Read more…

Hello!

My name is Sydney. I graduated a year ago from the University of Michigan (located on land belonging to the Anishnaabe peoples)  with a BA in Environmental Sustainability and Art. While in school, I spent Read more…

Summer in Fairbanks

My name is Lynneva Carroll and this summer I will be a Biology Assistant intern at the Central Alaska Network. I was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, have lived in Alaska for my entire life and Read more…

About Me

My name is Matt and I’m in love with all things aquatic! I grew up in middle Georgia, in the heart of the peach belt, and developed a love for wildlife at an early age. Read more…

Cory Zaller-Edmonds

I am about to graduate from Hiram college with a BA in environmental studies. After four years of college I realize that being outside or working outside is what I want to do for the Read more…

Alex Verdeja Perez

My name is Alexandra Verdeja Perez and I am a graduating senior at Purdue University in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, with a minor in Wildlife Sciences. I am from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, and I am Read more…

Tania C. Parra

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. I am currently working on my Master of Science in environmental science and technology at California Read more…

Sydney Fuller

I am passionate about environmental justice, helping people and the planet. For me, environmental issues are inextricably tied with social issues and working at a National Park seems like a perfect opportunity to learn about Read more…

Yair Torres

I am currently a graduate student at Texas A&M University (TAMU), pursuing a Master of Science degree in Geography. I also conducted my undergraduate studies at TAMU and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Read more…

Welcome to Mosaics in Science!

Welcome to the National Park Service and the Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship Program! I am happy that you are joining us as an intern this summer. Your role is critical in fulfilling the National Read more…

Saida Burns-Moore

When I was nine years old, I went on a school trip to a place called Camp Herrlich and here I had my first encounter with geology. On the second day of the trip, we Read more…

Caleb Bolin

I am currently a junior attending Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. I am majoring in Agricultural Science (with an emphasis in Agricultural Business) and minoring in Photography.  Through the Mosaics In Science program, I Read more…

Matt Butzin

My name is Matthew Butzin. I am currently a senior at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton, Georgia, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management with a degree concentration in wildlife. Only requiring Read more…

Lynneva Carrol

I am currently in my second semester of college at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, getting a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science. During high school I took several AP classes, which were able to transfer Read more…

Legacy Part Two

As Lin-Manuel Miranda famously sang in Hamilton, “What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you’ll never get to see.”  Well, here’s the garden I helped plant, but won’t ever see.  Using the Read more…

Every Breath You Take

How visitation is affecting the air quality in Carlsbad Cavern Carbon dioxide is a naturally occurring gas in Earth’s atmosphere, but in high concentrations, the gas can act as an asphyxiant. OSHA and other government Read more…

Great day in the morning

Something I haven’t talked about yet this summer is my schedule. My particular internship is an office job, which means I have some flexibility with my schedule and some freedom to work from home. If Read more…

Jeff Corwin on Conservation

The Great Walden BioBlitz just happened to be on the hottest day of the year in Massachusetts with a high of 95. For more info on what is this BioBlitz? Check out my previous blog! Read more…

Hello, Karly!

Meet Saguaro’s Geoscientists in the Parks intern, Karly Chin! She hails from Redding, California, and was already an environmentalist and biologist before working in the park. She previously researched environmental change and infectious diseases at Read more…

Peregrines in the Pines

We walk into an aspen grove, and I start grinning. Aspen trees are everywhere near my home in Minnesota, and I fell in love with how their leaves flutter in the wind. Aspen trees are Read more…

Desert Frogs

We met at 5 A.M., and have been hiking since 6, scrabbling up Madrona Canyon’s rocky drainages. Madrona Canyon is in the park’s Rincon Mountain District, which has a higher elevation (Mica Mountain, at 8,664 Read more…

What Kind of Summer Has It Been?

Eleven weeks later and here I am, smarter and tougher with more skills and a larger network. This internship certainly lived up to my expectations and even surpassed them in some areas. Back when I Read more…

World Jamboree

When we first got to the entrance of the Jamboree, all I could think was: “I would never in my life want to be the person in charge of organizing all this.” Picture about 45,000 Read more…

Final Thanks

My summer has been a long summer of new experiences. I started the program with never setting foot within the park that bordered my home. I hardly left the homeland of my people and I Read more…

Importance of Ethnobotany

Ethnobotany is defined as “Ethnobotany is the study of how people of a particular culture and region make use of indigenous plants”. Most cases when you come across documents containing knowledge about ethnobotany it is Read more…

Wild Wildlife Walk

During my experience this summer I got an invitation to go out with the wildlife crew at Badlands. Immediately I got excited. With pure confidence I thought that I was going to see a black-footed Read more…

Holding Off the Hantavirus

Hi everyone, from the post-workshop end of time and space! This is the first of my pre-workshop event posts that I’m writing post-workshop. A major component of our work at Dinosaur National Monument was organizing Read more…

DC Super Friends, Sans Capes

Hi everyone! At the time of writing this, I have returned from the end-of-internship workshop in Washington, DC. Because it’s the freshest thing on my mind, I’ve decided to write this first and will have Read more…

Endemic Plants of Hawai‘i

The Hawaiian islands are home to many special plants and animals, many of which are endemic. Being endemic means restricted or peculiar to a locality or region. Through my time at the park, I’ve witnessed many plants Read more…

Poi Pounding with Ranger Keoni

If you’ve ever been to Hawai‘i, you’ve probably heard about poi. Poi is a thick paste of pounded taro root, a traditional staple of Hawaiian cuisine. Traditional poi is produced by mashing the cooked corm (baked or steamed) Read more…