Build Up Internship

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The Build Up Technical Internship Program is working to expand and diversify the National Park Service workforce while addressing critical maintenance needs by providing professional experiences in technical fields to students and recent graduates.

Interns work in fields including:

  • engineering,
  • architecture,
  • community planning,
  • realty services,
  • project management,
  • social sciences,
  • geographic information systems,
  • publication services, and more.
Through this program, interns gain experience in their field of expertise, gain exposure to federal public land management, meet new mentors in their disciplines, and learn about potential job opportunities with parks and programs.
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NPS / Skyler DeYoung

Who may Apply

Undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates (up to 2 years post-graduation).

Time Commitment

Minimum of 11 weeks and up to 1 year.


Located at Park Planning Facilities and Lands locations across the country, regional and DC offices, or large parks. Many internship opportunities are remote. Location is specified in individual internship announcements.

Housing and Other Costs

Park housing may be provided during project work when available, though housing is not guaranteed. Workspace, equipment, and supplies will be provided as needed. Details will vary and are included on individual postings.


Competitive payrate of $21/hour or higher; payrates will be included in postings. Also, interns will receive a professional development stipend.

Other Benefits

  • Gain exposure to hiring managers

  • Access to future job opportunities

  • Improve experience in your field of expertise

  • Increase exposure to federal public land management

  • Meet new mentors in your discipline

  • Develop network by engaging with NPS partners and neighboring communities

  • Potential for non-competitive hiring authority following completion of internship and degree program

How to Apply

Build Up positions currently accepting applications will be posted on our partner’s webpage: The Campaign for Historic Trades – Opportunities

Is this a Federal Job with the NPS?

No. While you will be mentored by National Park Service employee on National Park Service sites, you will be employed by one of our approved Corps Network partner organizations.


Questions? Contact our team at e-mail us.

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    Last updated: September 28, 2023