The National Park Service, Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is pleased to welcome Lena Guidi for a summer internship through the Latino Heritage Internship Program. Lena was born and raised in New Mexico, and is currently an undergraduate student at the University of New Mexico, majoring in American Studies with a minors in History and Journalism.

Lena will be working with the NPS Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program for ten weeks to kick off the Route 66 Hispanic Heritage Study in New Mexico. The study will focus on the contributions that Hispanics have made to the history and development of Route 66. According to a Route 66 Economic Impact Study conducted by Rutgers University, Hispanic populations along the route are twice the national average, underscoring the need to better synthesize Hispanic heritage with the understanding and celebration of the Mother Road.

The Latino Heritage Internship Program is made possible through a partnership between Environment for the Americas and the National Park Service. The goals of the partnership are to engage the next generation of conservation stewards by raising awareness of our national park units and programs, and increasing accessibility and involvement by Latino communities.

To learn more about Lena’s experience working on the project, visit her ongoing blog posts!