National Park Service Internship

Positions: Visitor Services and Climate Change Interpretation Interns

Join us at Prince William Sound College in Valdez and take advantage of our internship program in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS). Internships are designed to expose students to careers in natural resources and environmental education and interpretation. The intern/s will work directly with the South District Interpreter at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve-Kennecott, Alaska. Two positions will be filled. 


  • Degree-seeking students that have completed a minimum of 15 college credits
  • Background investigation required to obtain NPS computer network access
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and must be 18 or older on or before May 16, 2024 to apply


  • Stipend:$600/week living allowance
  • $400 one-time round-trip travel stipend
  • College credit: tuition paid for 3-credit internship
  • Training and park orientation 
  • Housing provided through NPS 
  • Build professional relationships and work experience in public land management career fields
  • Open pathways to future employment and career opportunities


  • Providing front-line customer service by staffing a visitor center desk
  • Distribute information and orientation to visitors
  • Learn park resources by reviewing published maps, park research materials, and other documents
  • Conduct trip planning sessions
  • Conduct sales of cooperating association publications and items
  • Research, develop, and present interpretive programs on climate change
  • Share interpretive programs through virtual and on-site education programs, social media, and/or special events
  • Earn course credit through Prince William Sound College

Desired Skills

  • Highly qualified applicants should have good public speaking, writing, and research skills and a friendly and cheerful personality to work well with the public. You must have the ability to receive instructions and work independently. You must be willing to live in a remote area with minimal amenities and be able to live in rustic housing with a roommate. 

Internship Period and Schedule

  • The position is full-time (40 hours per week) from mid-May to mid-August 2024 for up to a 16-week internship, depending on the student’s schedule and availability. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule with varying hours.

Opening/Closing Dates

  • Applications accepted until January 30th, 2024.


To Apply

  • Send a resume, letter of interest, and unofficial college transcript to
  • Be prepared for interviews and reference checks.