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Accepting intern applications for Summer 2020 starting late November 2019!

The Future Park Leaders of Emerging Change (FPL) provides paid internships to highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students to work in one of the nation’s national parks for 12 weeks on projects related to natural and cultural resource conservation, park infrastructure, policy development, interpretation and education, and other management challenges arising from global drivers of environmental change.

Why Be A Future Park Leaders Intern?


It’s a paid opportunity!


Work on priority management issues.


Explore careers.

Become an FPL Intern

Join the next generation of national park stewards! FPL interns gain valuable work experience, develop leadership skills, and explore future career options under the mentorship and guidance of the National Park Service (NPS).

Upon successful completion, interns are eligible to be hired without competition into the National Park Service and other bureaus under the Department of the Interior’s Direct Hire Authority

Application Details

The Ecological Society of America is the proud partner and host of the National Park Services Future Park Leaders of Emerging Change program.