NPS Academy

A career preparatory diversity initiative for undergraduate and graduate students.

SCA and the National Park Service (NPS) are looking for young men and women who are interested in discovering and exploring the many career opportunities available in today’s Park Service. In this unique opportunity, participants will gain valuable work experience as well as access to key leaders within NPS.

The NPS Academy maximizes career opportunities with the Park Service through training and hands-on experiences. Successful candidates will come equipped with enthusiasm, professionalism, and a strong work ethic.

Details vary each year, but the 2014 program structure offers a good sense of what the program entails:

Phase 1:NPS Academy Orientation (Spring Break 2014)

Each member will participate in one of the following week-long orientations held over Spring Break 2014:

  • Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (Week of March 9th)
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee (Week of March 16th)
  • Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska (Week of March 16th)
  • National Parks of New York Harbor (Week of March 16th)

Phase 2: Internship (Summer 2014)

Members serve in 12-week paid summer internships tailored to various NPS career tracks.

Phase 3: Outreach (Fall 2014)

Members receive training and develop valuable outreach skills as they promote the program to friends and fellow students on their college campuses.

Phase 4: Career Progression (Ongoing)

Following successful completion of Phases 1-3, participants will have the opportunity to work with mentors, advisors, and supervisors from SCA and NPS to plan next steps in their career path. Apply today at Send us a quick email at once you’ve applied. SCA will guarantee interviews for all qualified candidates who apply before 12/25/13.

Application Details:

  • Applicants must be current college students between 18 and 25 years of age, and US citizens.
  • Applicants should be available and interested for ALL phases of NPS Academy.
  • All academic majors are welcome.
  • Candidates must complete MySCA profile and Intern application (attached Resume highly recommended) at
  • Interviews will begin in October and acceptance is on a rolling basis.
  • Application deadline is January 18th, 2014, or until program is filled.
  • Contact with the subject line “NPS Academy” for questions or to apply.

Related Posts & Program Information

SCA’s NPS Academy 2014 is off and running! Hundreds of college students have converged on four national parks to get a first-hand view of what careers in the National Park Service (NPS) are all about. 

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On March 4, a culturally and geographically diverse bunch of students gathered with SCA in the Grand Tetons to learn what it takes to run a national park. Here are a few highlights from the week.”On the second day we did a lot.

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Session 2 of NPS Academy 2013 commenced on March 10 at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here are some highlights from a week of training and camaraderie amongst a diverse group of conservation-minded young people.”Lance, our facilitator, spoke on the importance of a key element in all relationships, including our own with the NPS: trust.

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The third session of NPS Academy 2013 took place in Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, during the week of March 11. Here’s a sampling of the hijinks that ensued.@the_sca NPS Academy AK hiked to Tonsina Point outside of Seward for lunch and discussions on day two!!

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By Apoorva Mahajan, NPS Academy 2013This week on Conservation Nation, we’re bringing you blog updates from session 2 of NPS Academy 2013.

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Parents Corner

Your child is about to embark on a life-changing experience, where they will have the opportunity to meet new friends, explore potential careers, gain leadership skills, and accomplish hands-on conservation work that will have a lasting impact on the planet.