National Park Service Internship

The internship position has been filled. 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 resource management and park planning. The intern/s will work directly with the Outdoor Recreation Planner at the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Headquarters, located in Copper Center, Alaska. More than one position may be hired. 


  • Degree-seeking students at PWSC, enrolled in a minimum of 6 PWSC 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, 2023 to apply. 


  • Stipend:$10,781.50
  • College credit up to 3 credits (Student pays for tuition)
  • 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


5% of the work may be conducted in the field and may involve extended trips in the park. Office duties involve approximately 95% of the work and include preparing written reports, assist with preparation of public meetings, provide data management assistance, reading and understanding park planning documents and environmental law and policy. Intern will have the opportunity to engage with various other divsions of the park. The student will learn park planning concepts, interpretation of law and policy and basic public land management principals by working within the Lands and Planning Divsion at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. 

Desired Skills

An academic background in parks, recreation, natural resource management, environmental law and policy or a related field is preferred. Communication skills (orally and written), skill with topographic maps, GPS/GIS, technical writing, and the ability to work with minimal supervision are desired. Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with coworkers and public land users. Punctuality, dependability, and a good attitude are a must! 

Internship Period and Schedule

The position is full time (40 hours per week) from mid-May to mid-August 2023 for an approximately 13-week internship, depending on the student’s schedule and availability. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule with varying hours.

Opening/Closing Dates

The internship position has been filled.