About the Business Plan Internship

Want to make a lasting impact this summer? Consider using your skills and expertise to help America’s National Parks continue to thrive through the highly-selective summer Business Plan Internship (BPI).

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.

Watch our pre-recorded webinar to learn more about application details, our selection process, and interns' past work and impact. 

 Our 2016 fellows during their training week at Olympic National Park in Washington State

Our 2016 fellows during their training week at Olympic National Park in Washington State

"Simply put, the BPI program allows you to get out there!  The structure and support you receive from the Business Management Group is balanced by the understanding that your work on the ground will reveal the data, perspectives, and insights necessary to help park leaders navigate their largest challenges.  The projects allow you to take all of your previous experience and consulting techniques and apply them in a place where the opportunity for impact is massive.  Getting to spend a summer out there, in one of our nation's treasured parks, all the while driving the process and the answer, is even more rewarding than you'd think." - Jeff Wannop, past NPS BPI consultant

Is the BPI program right for me?

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.

Candidates should have strong analytical and project management skills, an interest in consulting, strategic planning, and public sector management, and the desire to contribute to the future of our national parks by improving the parks’ operational and financial health.

Candidates should also be prepared to demonstrate:

-- Excellent time/project management and analytical skills
-- Superb oral and written communication skills
-- Strong presentation skills
-- Flexible and collaborative work style
-- Enthusiasm for working in diverse (potentially remote) project sites

Additional Candidate Requirements

-- A minimum of 2 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 2 – August 17, 2018)
-- 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:

“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”

 2018 BPI Orientation will be held here-Acadia National Park (ME)!

2018 BPI Orientation will be held here-Acadia National Park (ME)!


11-week internship program. Saturday, June 2 to Friday, August 17, 2018.

The BPI program begins with a rigorous week-long NPS orientation onsite at Acadia National Park in Maine.


BPI participants receive a weekly stipend of $775.*

The BPI program covers transportation to training at the start of the program, meals during training, travel to the park assignment, and travel from the park to the consultant’s school or
home at the end of the summer. Summer consultants are also reimbursed for any other work-related travel.

Each park provides housing, work computers, and office space. Access to a shared vehicle for work related use is typically included. Please note that summer consultants are responsible for providing their own transportation between their housing and work locations (as well as for personal adventuring).

*Many schools offer students additional funding for accepting socially or environmentally
focused summer internships. Check with your career services office for more information* 

Keep close to Nature’s heart and break clear, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
— John Muir
 Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA