The National Parks BPI program is open to graduate students who are currently enrolled in business, public policy, environmental management, public administration, and related programs.
Selected candidates bring their world-class finance, operations, and strategy talent into some of the most beautiful backdrops and culturally significant sites in the world. Each project’s focus varies depending upon park needs, and at the end of the program BPI Consultants present their analysis and strategic recommendations to park leadership. Recent projects have included improving park financial sustainability through innovative commercial service offerings and increasing visitor safety by optimizing Visitor & Resource Protection staff allocation through predictive analytics. Successful BPI consultants who meet the qualifications for federal employment will become eligible for direct hire into positions within the NPS after they graduate.
Candidates should also be prepared to demonstrate:
Excellent time/project management and analytical skills
Superb oral and written communication skills
Strong presentation and interpersonal skills
Flexible and collaborative work style
Enthusiasm for working in diverse (and potentially remote) project sites
Minimum of two years of full-time (i.e., non-internship) professional work experience
Full-time graduate student at time of application
Availability for all program dates (June 1 – August 16, 2019)
US citizen or permanent resident
Valid US driver’s license; many projects will require driving to field sites
Understanding of and commitment to the mission of the National Park Service: “The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world”
Additional details & qualifications
Dates: 11-week internship program. Saturday, June 1 to Friday, August 16, 2019, beginning with a rigorous week-long NPS orientation onsite at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
Application deadline: December 10, 2018
Compensation: BPI participants receive a weekly stipend of $775.*
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