The National Parks Business Plan Internship (BPI) is a highly selective summer program for top graduate students studying business, public policy, environmental management, and related fields. Over the course of eleven weeks, pairs of interns work in various parks and regional offices across the country, where they lead strategic projects that impact the long-term health of these vital American resources.
This competitive 11-week internship program runs June through August and begins with an intense and structured week-long NPS operations orientation on-site in a national park (past training sites have included Grand Teton National Park, Yosemite National Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park). Team and project matching occurs prior to training; teams get a chance to work with their project manager and park/project liaison (the team's client) at training before traveling to their project site.
Summer consultants benefit from one-on-one mentoring with seasoned project managers, and many credit their BPI experience with playing a vital role in their current career path. BPI teams have worked at parks throughout the country, including Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming and Montana), Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona), Assateague Island National Seashore (Maryland/Virginia), Crater Lake National Park (Oregon), Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (Kentucky), Golden Gate National Recreation Area (California), Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii), Hot Springs National Park (Arkansas), and Arches National Park (Utah), among many others.
- US citizen or permanent resident
- At least two years of professional work experience
- Excellent time management/project management and analytical skills
- Superb oral and written communication skills, including presentation skills
- Flexible work style and ability to work in a team
- Understanding of and commitment to the mission of the National Park Service
- A valid US driver's license
Benefits and Compensation
Summer consultants receive a weekly stipend as well as housing at the project site. The program covers transportation to the BPI orientation training at the start of the program, to the park assignment, and from the park to the consultant's school at the end of the summer.