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smithsonian young ambassador program

The Young Ambassadors Program (YAP) is a college preparatory and leadership national program for graduating high school seniors to explore various academy and career opportunities in the arts, sciences, and humanities via the Smithsonian Institution and its resources.

Students with an interest in and commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities as it pertains to Latino communities and cultures are selected to travel to Washington, D.C. for an all expense paid week-long seminar at the Smithsonian and includes visits to the Smithsonian’s Latino collections and one-on-one interaction with renowned experts from various fields as well as museum professionals.

Following the training seminar, students participate in a four-week interdisciplinary internship in museums and other cultural institutions in 19 cities across the United States and Puerto Rico, including Smithsonian-affiliated organizations. Students are responsible for expenses during the four-week internship including transportation, housing and meals. Once students complete the program they will receive $2,000 for their college education.

To be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Be a high school senior graduating in 2015
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States with a valid Social Security Number at the time of application
  • Have a minimum weighted cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Be fluent in English
  • Be enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at an accredited college or university (enrollment will be verified for the fall 2015)
  • Commit to participate in the one-week training seminar at the Smithsonian Institution and complete a four-week paid summer internship

Apply here. View the program agenda here.

The entire program (Smithsonian seminar and four-week internship) will take place from June 21 to July 31, 2015.

2015 Internship Regions:

Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona Science Center's Musical Instrument Museum

Los Angeles/Long Beach, California, California Science Center's Museum of Latin American Art

Oakland (Bay Area), California, Chabot Space and Science Center

Washington, D.C.'s National Portrait Gallery

Miami, Florida, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

Chicago, Illinois, National Museum of Mexican Art

Albuquerque, New Mexico's Explora

New York, New York, National Museum of the American Indian-New York

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's Philadelphia Museum of Art  

San Juan, Puerto Rico, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico

Austin, Texas, The Thinkery

Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Houston, Texas, Children’s Museum of Houston and Talento Bilingüe de Houston

San Antonio, Texas, San Antonio Museum of Art

Seattle, Washington, The Museum of Flight

Atlanta, Georgia, Atlanta History Center

Denver, Colorado, History Colorado

McAllen, Texas, International Museum of Arts & Sciences

latino heritage internships The National Park Service is partnering with two Latino-serving organizations (Hispanic Access Foundation and Environment for the Americas) to provide 18 paid internships to graduate and undergraduate students with national parks around the country. 

The internship program is designed to engage the next generation of conservation stewards and will raise awareness of national parks and historic sites, their accessibility, and the need for the Latino community's involvement in their preservation. 

These ten-week internships will be compensated with a weekly stipend, and housing and transportation costs will be fully covered.  Please share these opportunities:

Eligibility includes:

1) Be between ages 18 to 25 years old 

2) Be a U.S. Citizen, Legal Resident, or U.S. work authorization

3) Bilingual in English and Spanish

4) Enrolled in a post-secondary educational program or have graduated from college within the past year

5) Have an interest in areas pertaining to history, historic preservation, public history, museum studies, archaeology, cultural interpretation, landscape architecture, anthropology or other related fields

6) Be social media savvy.

Printer-friendly Park Service Form

Apply here.

Applications will be reviewed and rated according to the following criteria - relevant educational and work experience, oral and written communication skills, maturity, professionalism, technical knowledge and expertise, evidence of adaptability and adventurousness, and ability to work effectively with diverse audiences.

Candidates may express interest in specific geographic and thematic areas. Specific assignments will be based on best fit with specific requirements of each NPS location. Final candidates will undergo a background check before beginning their assignment.

  • Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2015. Top candidates will be selected for interviews during the months of March and April, and will receive additional details about specific assignments.
  • Placement decisions and assignments will generally be made during the month of April.
  • The 10-week internship period will begin in late May through early June 2015 and conclude in August through early September 2015 depending on specific requirements of the project site. 

latina summer academy

The College of Saint Mary in Omaha is currently accepting applications for the 14th Annual Latina Summer Academy to be held June 21 to June 26, 2015, and the 2nd Annual African / African American Summer Academy to be held July 12 to July 17, 2015.

The Summer Academies are five-day educational symposiums whose goal is to enhance a young woman's self-esteem, provide an in-depth view of higher education, and motivate them to opt for a college education. CSM faculty and bilingual staff will closely supervise students.

This year's theme for both Academies is CSI @ CSM with a focus on forensic science. Students will stay in the residence halls, learn about forensic science in morning classes, have lunches with community leaders, go on educational field trips, journaling, use technology to document projects, and engage in healthy outdoor activities such as swimming, self-defense training, and Zumba.

The Latina and African American Summer Academies will begin on a Sunday afternoon and end Friday evening with a family picnic and graduation. The deadline to register for the Latina Summer Academy is May 15. The deadline to register for the African / African American Summer Academy is June 15.

What is the College of Saint Mary?
The College of Saint Mary (CSM) is a private all-girls
Catholic university dedicated to the education of women. Students will explore math and science career possibilities, board in the college dormitory and experience college life while still in high school.

What are the eligibility requirements?

To be eligible, the applicants to the Latina Summer Academy must be a female high school student of Hispanic descent entering the 10th or 11th grade.

For more information on the Latina Summer Academy, contact Kayla Johnson at 402-399-2410 or email

For information in Spanish, contact Patricia Saavedra at 402-399-2406 or email

Applicants to the African / African American Summer Academy must be female African or African American high school students entering the 10th or 11th grade.

For more information on the African / African American Summer Academy, contact Diane Proulx at 402-399-2456 or email

To enter, complete and mail the application form along with a $25 registration fee. Make checks payable to the College of Saint Mary. Participants in the Academy will also become eligible for a special college scholarship to the College.

Printer-friendly copy of the Latina Summer Academy application in English and Spanish.

Printer-friendly copy of the African / African American Summer Academy application.

To apply online, fill out the application below and either mail-in the $25 registration fee or arrange payment with the organizers.

Apply online to the Latina Summer Academy.

Apply online to the African / African American Summer Academy.

cesar chavez proclamation

On Wednesday, March 18, Governor Ricketts signed a Proclamation observing March 31st as Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning in Nebraska.

The Proclamation reads:

“WHEREAS, On March 31, 1927, Cesar Chavez was born on a small ranch near Yuma, Arizona; and

WHEREAS, When severe drought forced the Chavez family to give up their ranch in Yuma, they began picking crops on California farms; and

WHEREAS, After serving our nation in WWII, Cesar Chavez returned to farm labor in California and began advocating for worker’s rights; and

WHEREAS, In 1962, Cesar Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers of America (UFW), AFL-CIO, the first successful farm worker’s union in United States’ history; and

WHEREAS, Under Cesar Chavez’s tireless leadership, the UFW was the first to win collective bargaining for farm workers; and

WHEREAS, At its peak in the 1980’s, the UFW’s collective bargaining agreements covered approximately 80,000 workers across the nation; and

WHEREAS, Cesar Chavez led a successful five year grape-pickers’ strike that rallied millions of supporters to the UFW and forged a national coalition of unions, church groups, students, minorities and consumers; and

WHEREAS, On April 23, 1993, Cesar Chavez passed away, leaving behind an enduring legacy of service and leadership; and

WHEREAS, Cesar Chavez’s influence has made a lasting impact on farm labor issues and inspired millions of Latinos to achieve educational and political success; and

WHEREAS, On March 31, 2015, individuals and organizations throughout Nebraska are encouraged to celebrate Cesar Chavez’s life and work by participating in community service projects.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Pete Ricketts, Governor of the State of Nebraska, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM the 31st day of March, 2015 as


In Nebraska, and I do hereby urge all citizens to take due note of the observance.”


The State of Nebraska Governor's Office has released a list of current and upcoming openings on Boards and Commissions that are appointed by the Governor.

If interested, please complete the online application prior to the end of the month of their deadlines. Upcoming Deadlines:

March 2015:

  1. Aeronautics Commission
  2. Conveyance Advisory Committee
  3. Environmental Trust
  4. Foster Care Advisory Committee
  5. Racing Commission
  6. Veterans Advisory Commission


April 2015:

  1. Capitol Commission
  2. Historical Records Advisory Board
  3. Professional Practices Commission
  4. ServeNebraska


May 2015:

  1. Dry Bean Commission
  2. Liquor Control Commission
  3. Motor Vehicle Industry Licensing Board
  4. State College System Board of Trustees - Student Representatives


June 2015:

  1. Accountability & Disclosure Commission
  2. Corn Development, Utilization & Marketing Board
  3. Environmental Quality Council
  4. Nebraska Exchange Stakeholder Commission
  5. Grape & Winery Board
  6. Commission on Housing & Homelessness
  7. Commission on Industrial Relations
  8. Nebraska Library Commission
  9. Commission on Problem Gambling
  10. Wheat Development, Utilization & Marketing Board
  11. Women's Health Initiative Advisory Council
  12. Nebraska Youth Council

For a printer-friendly copy, click here. For a list of Board positions that are open due to resignations or unfilled positions, click here. To apply for a position, click here.

If you have questions about requirements for any of the Boards or Commissions listed please contact Kathleen Dolezal at 402-471-1971 or email:

NET special segment on Dia de los Muertos

NET Television presents a special segment of "Nebraska Stories" on Dia de los Muertos celebrated in Nebraska. Dia de los Muertos is, above all, a celebration of life. Come with us to the Sheldon Museum of Art and the Bancroft Gallery in South Omaha as we look death in the eye with humor, music, dancing—and art.

NLAC collaborated with NET to help bring the special segment to the public, "Nebraska Stories" available in its entirety below:

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