NPS Academy: Alaska

Members of SCA's Alaska National Park Service Academy standing before a snow-capped mountain range in Alaska

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-to-16 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 $7,760 that includes: travel allowance, weekly living allowance, housing, AmeriCorps Education Award, and Spring Break accomodations in Anchorage
  • Assigned NPS mentor
  • Hands-on experience
  • Career preparation and ongoing support
  • Internship hours may count toward 640 hours of 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 and use application code PO-00728623
  • Do NOT pay the application fee. Contact Natsuko Ito at [email protected] or call/text 907-378-1142 for the application fee waiver or if you have questions.

Download the 2020 flyer (pdf) here

Important Dates

Deadline: Apply by 5pm, Monday, January 6, 2020

NPS Academy Alaska Spring Break orientation: week of March 9, 2020

NPS Academy Alaska Summer Internship: approximately mid-May to mid-August, 2020


Tong Thao, B.S. in Biological Sciences and Minor in Mathematics at the University of Alaska, Anchorage

“My summer over at Lake Clark National Park and Preserve has been one of the best summer I have ever had. I was able to do so many activities I never thought I could do. I was able to snorkel and wrestle with salmon to measure them, operate a boat, and fly in a float plane. There was so many unique encounters with the wildlife there and the landscape was gorgeous. By interning at Lake Clark, it made me realized just how important it is to protect these natural treasures.”

Kiana Till, Majoring in Wildlife Biology and Conservation at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks


“This summer was the most amazing time of my life! I learned much about the fisheries field, the park, the Dena’ina Athabascan people, and a whole lot about myself. Everyday was so beautiful and full. It was definitely my kind of paradise and the kind of peace I needed.”

Alix Lacy, Majoring in Anthropology at the University of Alaska, Anchorage


“My degree is in Anthropology, so I was interested in the historical preservation aspect of the park as well as their ability to work together with the Sitka Tribe of Alaska in interpreting the story of the land and culture. I performed treatments on historical items, which aided in their preservation. One of my projects was to take a perceived park problem and write up alternative solutions that were inclusive of the Sitka community in decision making. I’ve made professional connections with the National Park Service and the Sitka Tribe, and I truly felt valued and a part of the community.”