EPIC National Park Service (NPS)
The EPIC NPS Division works alongside the National Park Service across the United States, from Alaska to Puerto Rico, to support the NPS in its mission to “preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations” while providing career promoting individual placement (internship) opportunities for emerging professionals at a wide range of skill levels; fellowship graduate-level positions to entry-level placements. These positions operate year-round.
ACE is involved with several signature National Park Service annual programs including:
What We Do
Where We Work
A Closer Look at the EPIC – National Park Service Programs
ACE’s EPIC program recruits and manages hundreds of young adult volunteers annually to serve through individual placements with the National Park Service where they benefit from hands-on experience under the mentorship of NPS staff.
An innovative and immersive program designed to introduce a diversity of young adult participants from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the National Parks, to career opportunities with the NPS.
Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (CRDIP)
A professional development internship that introduces undergraduate and graduate students, from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the National Parks, to career opportunities within Cultural Resource Management in the National Park Service.
Mellon Humanities Fellowship
This program supports the work of humanities scholars at NPS park sites across the country. Their research and analysis explore the rich and complex histories present in and around national parks, giving added voice to diverse perspectives and experiences at those sites. As a partner, ACE collaboratively hires and manages the fellows nationwide as part of The Mellon Foundation’s generous grant to the National Park Foundation (NPF) to support recent postdoctoral scholars in this vital project.
Build Up Technical Internships
The Build Up Technical Internship Program is working to expand and diversify the National Park Service workforce while addressing critical maintenance needs by providing professional experiences in technical fields to students and recent graduates.