Do you enjoy being outside? Are you looking for an adventure and willing to try new things?

Linking Individuals to their Natural Community (LINC) is a summer internship program for high school students based in the Golden Gate National Parks. During this six week long program, students assist with service projects, gain career and leadership skills, and take field trips to special park sites such as Alcatraz and Muir Woods. Projects and activities vary by week and include trail work, plant propagation, and habitat restoration. In addition, students will get the opportunity to learn more about ecology and science. The 2016 summer will begin with a 3-day backpacking trip at Point Reyes National Seashore, during which participants will learn everything they need to know to be comfortable and feel strong in the outdoors.


Questions and Information

Is this program the right fit for me?
Do you enjoy being outside? Are you looking for an adventure and willing to try new things? The LINC summer high school program is ideal for students who are open to new experiences, eager to learn new skills, and enjoy working outside. No previous experience is necessary—just an ample supply of enthusiasm.

How old do I have to be to participate?
All applicants must be currently enrolled in high school. Current high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are all welcome to apply to the program.

How will the program be organized?
The LINC program consists of two teams, one in the north and one in the south. Each session will consist of a team of 17-18 students who will meet daily at our park offices. Students will work 8 hour days, 4 days per week for a total of 6 weeks.

What kinds of service projects are involved?
LINC interns provide a wide variety of service for the parklands and local open space. Past projects have included maintaining trails, growing plants at our native plant nurseries, creating habitat for endangered species, restoring historic sailing ships, and building fences to protect sensitive park sites. These service projects vary each year depending on park priorities and project availability.

What kinds of field trips and workshops are provided?
Field trips and workshops vary can from year to year depending on scheduling opportunities. Students in years past have gone on ropes courses and taken behind-the-scenes tours at Alcatraz. Through workshops, LINC participants will get the chance to develop personal resumes, learn medicinal uses of California native plants, and more!

Am I required to go backpacking?
Yes, backpacking is a key activity for the program this year. The 2016 LINC program kicks off with a 3-day backpacking trip to Point Reyes National Seashore. The program ends with the special Centennial Adventure (see above) during which the program participants will backpack across the lands of Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Does the program cost anything?
The LINC program does not cost anything. Youth who complete the LINC program will receive an educational award of $1000. All gear and meals will be provided for the overnight backpacking trips. Limited funding is available to offset commute expenses for those who qualify.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2017 LINC Summer Program will go live on this page the first week of February. Thank you for your interest in the program!

What is the best way to prepare for the interview?

Read this FAQ for tips on how to prepare for the interview.

For more information, please contact the LINC Program Coordinator at

Contact Information

David Pon