Now accepting applications for Spring 2018 – apply today!

This exciting program is a partnership of the National Park Service, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, San Francisco State University, College of Marin, City College of San Francisco, Marin Municipal Water District, One Tam, and Marin County Parks. Only students currently enrolled at San Francisco State University, College of Marin, & 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. Join a diverse team of your college peers and experience these spectacular parklands first hand, behind the scenes, and in depth.

Timeline & Details:

  • APPLY TODAY – Spring 2018 applications are due no later than Sunday, October 15 at 11:59 pm
  • Internships run mid-January through late-May; summer extensions run from late May through mid-August
  • Part-time and full-time positions available
  • Positions located in San Francisco, Marin, and San Mateo counties
  • Positions in various fields: interpretation, restoration and monitoring, youth programs and education, law enforcement, cultural resources, communications and media, park administration and operations, business management, facilities and maintenance, and much more!

Program Goals:

  • Increase diversity in the workplace and support an intern cohort that reflects the demographics of our Bay Area community
  • Engage local college youth in park programs and projects
  • Deliver hands-on, relevant, and meaningful professional experiences to enhance classroom learning, while contributing to the mission of the park
  • Offer strong mentorships that provide students with constructive training and support

Intern Benefits:

  • $50 daily stipend (per full day)
  • Academic credit possible (student responsible for confirming eligibility)
  • Real work experience with a network of people who love their jobs
  • Gain specialized training, professional workforce skills, and leadership skills
  • Career building and potential for future job opportunities
  • Immersive experience in the most visited national park in the country

How to Apply:

Complete the Application Form and email your resume and a thoughtful cover letter to "Academic Internship Committee" at AcademicIntern@parksconservancy.org. Please include "Academic Internship Application" in the subject line and list the position title(s) of interest in your email.

Be sure to include the following in your cover letter:

  • Your experience or lack of experience (that’s ok!) with national parks
  • Why you are interested in the position(s) that you are applying for
  • What unique perspective you bring

Recommendations:

Attend a presentation at your school! We will be hosting on-campus information sessions and workshops this fall:

  • Information sessions & resume writing workshops
    • City College: Wed, 9/27 from noon – 1:30pm (Science 309)
    • College of Marin: Tues, Oct. 10 from 2:30pm – 4:00pm in the Transfer & Career Center
    • SF State: Weds, Oct. 4 from 1pm – 2pm in LIB 244
  • Find us at your campus fairs! We will have a table at the following fairs on campus:
    • City College of SF: Career Fair, Oct. (tentative, date TBD)
    • College of Marin: Road to Success Resource Fair (Aug 30), Career Exploration Fair (Sept. 14)
    • SF State: Internship & Service Learning Fair (Sept 6); Green Rush Fair (Sept. 12); Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Fair (Oct. 10)

Other Resources:

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

Students at COM:
Lisette Flores, Internships Coordinator, lmflores@marin.edu

Students at SFSU:
Jose Lopez, Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (HSS 206), jrlopez@sfsu.edu

Students at CCSF:
Joe Cannon, Instructor in the Biology Department, jcannon@ccsf.edu

2018 ACADEMIC INTERN POSITIONS
Communications and Media | Community & Youth Engagement | Cultural Resources | Historic Landscape Stewardship | Education & Historical Interpretation | Natural Resources | Park Administration, Projects, and Operations

Check out this video about the Academic Internships Program made by Academic Interns:

2018 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIPS

Communications & Media

San Francisco
Multimedia Academic Internship
New Media, Design, and Production Academic Internship

Community & Youth Engagement

Marin
Community Outreach Academic Internship
Youth In Nature Academic Internship

San Francisco
Camping at the Presidio Academic Internship
Community Engagement Academic Internship
Community Outreach Academic Internship
Environmental Education & Project WISE Academic Internship
Parkwide Volunteer Programs Academic Internship
Youth & Community Engagement Academic Internship

Cultural Resources

Marin
Archaeology Academic Internship

San Francisco
Museum Program Academic Internship

Education & Historical Interpretation   

Marin
Education and Interpretive Academic Internship

San Francisco

Historical Interpretive Academic Internship
 – Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center

Historical Interpretive Academic Internship - Presidio
Historical Interpretive Academic Internship – Fort Point

Native Plant Nursery Environmental Education Academic Internship

Education Program Academic Internship

Historic Landscape Stewardship   

Marin
Historic Landscape Stewardship Academic Internship

San Francisco
Historical Landscape Stewardship Academic Internship
Historic Gardens Stewardship Academic Internship
Beach Stewardship & Volunteer Management Academic Internship

Natural Resources

Marin
Habitat Stewardship and Volunteer Management Academic Internship
Habitat Restoration Academic Internship
Native Plant Nursery Academic Internship
One Tam Restoration and Stewardship Academic Internship
Vegetation Ecology Academic Internship

Wildlife Conservation & Monitoring Academic Internship

Wildlife Monitoring Academic Internship

San Francisco

Alcatraz Waterbird Academic Internship
Ecological Restoration and Volunteer Management Academic Internship

Habitat Restoration Academic Internship

Native Plant Nursery & Plant Pathogen Testing Academic Internship

Native Plant Nursery Academic Internship

Natural Resource Academic Internship

San Mateo
Natural Resource Management Academic Internship

Park Administration, Projects, & Operations

San Francisco
Park Planning Academic Internship

Sustainability Academic Internship

Special Park Uses Academic Internship