The National Parks Business Plan Internship (BPI) is a highly selective summer program for top graduate students studying business, public policy, environmental management, and related fields. Over the course of eleven weeks, pairs of interns work in various parks and regional offices across the country, where they lead strategic projects that impact the long-term health of these vital American resources.

A competitive 11-week internship program runs June through August and begins with an intense and structured week-long NPS operations orientation on-site in a national park (past training sites have included Grand Teton National Park, Yosemite National Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park).

Team and project matching occurs prior to training; teams get a chance to work with their project manager and park/project liaison (the team’s client) at training before traveling to their project site.

Summer consultants benefit from one-on-one mentoring with seasoned project managers, and many credit their BPI experience with playing a vital role in their current career path.

Who Should Apply

Applicants for our fellowships should be:

  • First-year MBA students who are committed to growing purposefully in both their work and life
  • Willingness to do self-reflection, learning, and authentic peer interaction
  • Courage to do what’s required to advance a more sustainable and inclusive way of working and living.
  • Are curious, flexible, adaptable and comfortable with ambiguity
  • Strong presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Enthusiasm for working in diverse (and potentially remote) project sites
  • Work smart and have impeccable professional standards
  • Would be awesome companions if stranded in an airport for 12 hours

Additional requirements:

  • Minimum of two years of full-time experience (i.e. non-internship) professional work experience
  • Full-time graduate student at the time of the application
  • Have at least one year of their graduate program left to complete
  • Availability for program dates (June 3 – August 18, 2023)
  • Commitment to PGIs’ mission and values, and a passion to use their business training as a force for good