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Accepting Intern Applications for Summer 2020 Now!

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The Future Park Leaders of Emerging Change (FPL) provides paid internships to highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students to work in a national park 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

Webinar Announcement

2020 Future Park Leaders of Emerging Change Information Session

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

Join FPL program managers Melanie Wood, National Park Service, and Jessica Johnston, Ecological Society of America, for a one-hour informational webinar. The webinar will feature an interview with current NPS employee and former 2017 FPL intern, Ivan Bermejo, to discuss the application process, share personal experiences, and lasting benefits of the program. We will wrap up the webinar with a live chat session for students to ask questions regarding the internship program.

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