Learning/Undergraduate/ProRanger Philadelphia


“ProRanger Philadelphia” is an academic and technical skills training and paid internship program that is cooperatively administered by the National Park Service and Temple University.  The program was established to recruit, train and employ law enforcement park rangers for the National Park Service.  Upon graduation from Temple University and successfully completing the ProRanger program, participants are eligible for placement in a permanent career tenure law enforcement park ranger position with the National Park Service.

Upon acceptance into the ProRanger Philadelphia program, a ProRanger trainee will become part of a experiential learning cohort made up of between 10 and 20 fellow trainees. The cohort will annually enroll in credit courses at Temple University that focus on learning about the history, mission and functions of the National Park Service, the role of law enforcement in National Parks and the reflective National Park experiences of the cohort group.

During the non-academic summer periods between the freshmen / sophomore and sophomore / junior years, the ProRanger Philadelphia trainee will be assigned to a National Park area and will be employed as a student intern.

During the non-academic period between the junior / senior year, the ProRanger trainee will be enrolled in the 13 week Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program (SLETP) held at the Temple University Ambler Campus. This NPS-accredited program focuses on visitor and resource protection, federal law and procedure, natural and cultural resource management, officer safety and survival skills, and physical fitness.

For more information on the program click here for the ProRanger Philadelphia page.

Click here for coverage on the program by the College of Liberal Arts (April 2, 2010).

Click here for the Proranger Philadelphia Blog



Links to news coverage

August 17, 2010/Federal News Radio (Washington, DC)

Click here for a drive-time report on one of Washington, D.C.'s top AM stations highlighted the partnership between the National Park Service and Temple University that created ProRanger Philadelphia.

August 16, 2010/CNNMoney.com

Click here for an online story about the ProRanger program which introduced readers to the National Park Service's career development challenges. Rachel Brown, director of Temple's Career Center, was interviewed.

August 16, 2010/WHYY-FM

Click here for WHYY report Elizabeth Fielder, who

visited Valley Forge National Historical Park to interview Temple student interns on the final day of their 2010 summer internships. The report aired as a local cut-in during NPR's "Morning Edition."

August 15-23, 2010/

Baltimore Sun, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas), Fresno Bee, Raleigh News and Observer (North Carolina), and The State (South Carolina)

The ProRanger Philadelphia interns at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine were the subject of a front-page story in the Sun. A day later, the same story ran on the front page of the Local section of the Washington Post. It was then distributed nationally. Click here for this coverage which includes a photo gallery.

August 11, 2010/Washington Post

Washington Post columnist Joe Davidson, author of the influential and widely read "Federal Diary" column covering federal employment, visited Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore to spend time with ProRanger interns Owen McDaniel and Lytia Solomon. Click here for this coverage which includes a photo gallery.