NOW Accepting applications for Spring 2016
~ Applications due by October 19

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

  • Applications due October 19
  • Internships run mid-January through late-May
  • Part-time and Full-time positions available
  • Summer extensions may be possible based on performance, program need, and funding
  • Positions located in San Francisco, Marin, and San Mateo counties
  • Sample 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 Survey (click to open) and email your resume and a thoughtful cover letter to "Academic Internship Committee" at 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.
  • What unique perspective you bring.


  • First, have an advisor or one of your professors review your resume and cover letter and/or seek support at your campus student centers/departments:
  • Apply for more than one position!
  • This will only increase your chances in the selection process

Other Resources:

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

Students at SFSU:
Dr. Barbara Holzman, Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies,
Dr. Nina Roberts, Professor, Recreation, Parks, & Tourism,

Students at CCSF:
Peggy Lopipero-Langmo, Instructor in the Biology and Engineering & Technology Departments,
Joe Cannon, Instructor in the Biology Department,

Good luck!

Communications and Media | Cultural Resources | Facilities, Maintenance, and Landscaping | Interpretation and Education | Community and Youth Programs | Natural Resources | Park Administration, Projects, and Operations

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


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 Cultural Resources

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 Facilities, Maintenance, and Landscaping

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 Interpretation and Education

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 Community and Youth Programs

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 Natural Resources

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 Park Administration, Projects, and Operations

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