Academic Internships

Open to students enrolled at City College of San Francisco, College of Marin, & San Francisco State University

Academic Interns at farewell picnic 2021

Over 20 positions in natural and cultural resources, education and interpretive programs, communications and media, public affairs, nurseries, museum programs, and more! Learn about current internship openings by watching the 2022 Academic Internships Informational Webinar here.

Academic Internship Program Details

The Academic Internship Program at the Golden Gate National Parks is a fundamental park program, providing professional development and career pathway opportunities for students, while supporting real needs of park management. Through this program, local and diverse cohorts of college young people are engaged in immersive park experiences to enhance classroom learning. A wide range of positions are available, including those working in natural and cultural resources, education and interpretive programs, volunteer program management, communications and media, public affairs, museum programs, and more. 

  • Open to students enrolled at City College of San Francisco, College of Marin, and San Francisco State University
  • Receive a $75 per day stipend plus academic credit (student is responsible for coordinating academic credit with their academic counselor) 
  • Internships take place late May thru early August (10 week program)
  • Part-time and full-time positions available
  • Positions in San Francisco, Marin, and San Mateo counties
    • Virtual and in-person positions are available
    • Positions include natural and cultural resources, media, historic landscaping and gardening, public affairs, youth, interpretation, community stewardship and more. 
  • Join a diverse team of your college peers to experience these spectacular parklands first hand, behind the scenes, and in depth! In an Academic Internship, you will:
    • Work on meaningful projects with a network of park professionals
    • Be mentored by a park staff member who will provide constructive instruction, coaching, and support
    • Engage in hands-on essential and technical training, professional workplace skills, and leadership development
    • Participate in career development and networking opportunities
    • Get involved in numerous high impact, academic, vocational, professional, and personal growth experiences 

Applications for summer 2022 now closed. Thank you for applying!

Other questions? Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. For questions not listed, email Mackenzie Segraves; Program Manager for Park Internships at msegraves@parksconservancy.org.

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

  • College of Marin
  • San Francisco State University
  • City College of San Francisco

To comply with federal and state laws all interns must have a Social Security Number (SSN) or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to receive the taxable internship stipend. The process to obtain a SSN or ITIN can be very lengthy so please plan accordingly. You may find more information here:

Please also note that stipends are a taxable event. Taxes are not withheld from stipends. Stipends are a per diem to cover costs associated with the internship (such as commuting expenses).

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. If you still have questions, contact Mackenzie Segraves; Program Manager for Park Internships at msegraves@parksconservancy.org.

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