About the Business Plan Internship

Make a lasting impact this summer by using your skills and expertise to help America’s National Parks thrive through the highly-selective National Parks 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.

BPI consultants provide strategic recommendations to park leaders that address their park's unique challenges.  Recent projects have created comprehensive park financial plans, improved park financial sustainability through innovative commercial service strategies, and increased visitor safety through predictive analytics.

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 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 professional work experience
-- Full-time graduate student at time of application
-- Availability for all program dates (June 3 – August 19, 2017)
-- 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

2017 BPI Orientation will be held here--Shenandoah National Park (VA)!

2017 BPI Orientation will be held here--Shenandoah National Park (VA)!


11-week, paid internship program. Saturday, June 3 to Friday, August 18, 2017 

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


BPI participants receive a weekly stipend of $725.* 

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 and office space. Utility costs and a shared vehicle for work related use are typically included. Please note that consultants will have shared vehicle use for work related purposes only. 

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