National Parks Business Plan Internship

Make a lasting impact this summer and join the highly-selective summer Business Plan Internship (BPI). Use your skills and expertise to help America’s National Parks continue to thrive. 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. For examples of past projects, check out case studies here.

Get exposure to a US government agency with over 25,000 employees. Contribute to the future of our national parks by improving the parks' operational and financial health! 

Consulting Skills

Work closely with park management to conduct strategic, operational, and financial analyses of the park. Develop and present a final strategic business plan.

Public Sector Opportunities

Successful program participants earn a non-competitive hiring status into the National Park Service for two years after completing their graduate program.

A Summer in Nature!

Spend a summer with some of the most beautiful backdrops and culturally significant sites in the world. You could start the day with sunrise surfing!


Join a group of like-minded individuals, and get to know a community that is passionate about the natural environment.

Still have further questions? CLICK HERE to watch a recording of a recent webinar that covered details of the internship & CLICK HERE to watch a recording of a webinar demystifies the application process.

Find out about dates and curriculum for the National Park’s Business Plan Internship

Applications close on December 18th, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET

Click here to apply


Location: Any one of America’s National Parks.

Tuition: BPI participants receive a weekly stipend of $775. Many schools also offer students additional funding for accepting socially or environmentally focused summer internships.

Application Process:

3 stage process

  • Initial Application
  • Video Interview: Short Answers
  • Video Interview: Case Questions


  • A minimum of two years of full-time (i.e. non-internship) professional work experience
  • Full-time graduate student at time of application
  • Have at least one year of their graduate program left to complete
  • Availability for all program dates
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • A 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


Application Due: December 18th, 2020 11:59 PM ET

Important Dates and Details:

11-week summer engagement spanning from Saturday, June 5th 2021 to Friday, August 20th 2021

  • The BPI program begins with a rigorous week-long NPS orientation onsite at a National Park
  • We have recorded an informational webinar to speak to all the Summer 2021 logistics and key dates-Click here to watch.

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