Anew career preparation program launched in Grand Teton in March 2011, bringing 29 diverse college students from around the country into the park for a one-week alternative spring break experience.
NPS Academy was conceived in Grand Teton with the purpose of introducing 18 to 25-year-old college students to a range of career paths within the NPS through seminars, workshops, field trips, and recreational activities. After successful completion of the spring break program, twenty-one qualified students were placed into 12-week summer internships in thirteen national parks across the country. Mentors help the students explore potential NPS jobs and easily transition into careers in conservation. When students return to their universities, they will serve as NPS ambassadors, educating classmates about national parks and recruiting peers for next yearís program.
The NPS Academy is part of the Department of the Interiorís broad outreach effort that is helping parks prepare the next generation of natural resource professionals.
Meet the students and National Park Service leaders from the 2012 NPS Academy season in this 4 minute video.
PBS featured the NPS Academy in their This American Land Series, episode 104. Watch the first 6 minutes of the video to meet the students, the program leaders, and Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott.