SCA’s NPS Academy: Alaska is an innovative, experiential learning program designed to introduce undergraduate and graduate students, ages 18-35, from under-represented communities to career opportunities with the National Park Service.

“To enhance professional and organizational excellence in the next century, the National Park Service must recruit and retain a workforce that reflects the diversity of the nation.” —A Call to Action, 2013

Interns attend a week-long orientation over spring break and serve in 12-week summer internships tailored to various NPS career tracks. Summer internships are available in a variety of fields, including visitor services, education, resource management – and many more!



  • Total package of up to $3,260 that includes: travel allowance, weekly living allowance, and housing
  • Eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award
  • Assigned NPS mentor
  • Hands-on experience
  • Additional career preparation and ongoing support
  • Internship hours will count toward Public Land Corps hiring authority eligibility.


  • US citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Alaska Residents, Alaskans living outside of Alaska, or students in Alaska
  • 18-35 years old (preference given to currently enrolled students)
  • Available for spring break orientation and summer internship
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check
  • All majors and levels of outdoor experience welcome

How to Apply:

  • Complete an Internship/Corps Application online at
  • Contact Jeff Chen at or call/text 907-717-8414 for more details or an application fee waiver.