Spring 2015 Applications are now CLOSED

Check back in May 2015 for any open summer positions, or sign up to receive updates by e-mail.

This exciting program is a partnership of the National Park Service, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco.

Only students currently enrolled at San Francisco State University & City College of San Francisco are eligible.

Did you know that the Golden Gate National Parks is one of the largest national parks in an urban setting and located only within a few miles of your school?! This vast park extends across three Bay Area counties and includes amazing places such as Alcatraz, Crissy Field, Fort Funston, Marin Headlands, and Muir Woods.

By becoming an intern, you will have the opportunity to experience these spectacular parklands first hand, behind the scenes and in depth. We have internship positions in the fields of interpretation, restoration and monitoring, youth programs and education, law enforcement, cultural resources, projects and planning, business management, media and design, and much more.

2015 ACADEMIC INTERN POSITIONS (click here for the full list) (** These positions are FILLED. The list is for reference only.)

Timeline & Details:

  • Internships run mid-January – late-May.
  • Part-time and Full-time positions available.
  • Positions located in San Francisco, Marin, and San Mateo.
  • Summer extensions may be possible based on performance, program need, and funding.


  • $50 daily stipend (per 8 hours).
  • Real work experience.
  • Professional and educational development.
  • Specialized training and leadership skills.
  • Potential for future job opportunities.
  • Academic credit possible (student responsible for confirming eligibility).
  • The enjoyment of working in a beautiful national park.
  • Real-life experience with a network of people who love their jobs.

Sign up to receive email related to academic internship opportunities in the Golden Gate National Parks. If you have further questions, email AcademicIntern@parksconservancy.org OR call (415) 561-3544.

For information about the academic credit and other educational related questions contact:

Students at SFSU:

Dr. Barbara Holzman, Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, bholzman@sfsu.edu

Dr. Nina Roberts, Associate Professor, Recreation, Parks & Tourism, nroberts@sfsu.edu

Students at CCSF:

Crima Pogge, Professor of Biology, cpogge@ccsf.edu

The Parks Conservancy and National Park Service seek to increase diversity in the workplace and reflect the changing demographics of our Bay Area community.

People of color and from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

(** These positions are FILLED. The list is for reference only.)

Natural Resources


Interpretation, Education, Community and Youth Programs

Cultural Resources

Communications and Media

Park Operations and Administration