Academic Internships are available only to students from College of Marin, City College of San Francisco and San Francisco State University. Academic Interns are found across the Golden Gate National Parks. This program runs for 10 weeks during the summer semester. Academic Interns contribute to the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives that interns bring to the park.
Applications for summer positions open in February of that year. Interested applicants can choose to apply for up to 3 internship positions, and may only accept one position. Applicants submit just one resume and cover letter to Internships@parksconservancy.org as well as fill out an online application form. Find this form on the Academic Internship page.
Dependent on local public health orders and park management decisions, internships will either be fully virtual, fully in-person, or a combination of both. Please check each individual internship position description for more details. We will keep interns updated as public health circumstances evolve.
COVID-19 safety protocols will be closely followed during an internship to make the experience as safe as possible.
Yes, you must plan to enroll for spring, summer, or fall classes to qualify for an Academic Internship. These internships must be directly tied to your academic studies, although we accept applicants from all majors!
There is no minimum number of units you need to be enrolled in to qualify for an Academic Internship. You can be either a part-time or full-time student.
Students must be enrolled in courses for academic credit at City College of SF, SF State, or College of Marin to qualify for an Academic Internship. This program is intended for students pursuing a degree, certificate, or who have intention to transfer to another university to continue their education.
Yes! The Golden Gate National Parks offer a wide variety of internships – from public affairs to media to natural resource stewardship. Don’t be discouraged from applying to an internship just because it’s outside of your field of study. Mentors value passion and a willingness to learn!
Interns are not employees of the National Park Service nor the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. While interns are covered through the Conservancy worker's compensation policy, neither the National Park Service nor the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy provide benefits such as healthcare or retirement options to interns.
Managers review applications as soon as possible. Unfortunately, there is no set time frame for managers to respond to applicants, but expect to hear from our team once the application deadline has passed.
It depends. Internships that require the use of federal government (National Park Service) computers and internships that involve direct work with the people with disabilities, the elderly, and children require background checks.
The statutes by the Congress of the United States of America and the regulations set by the President of the United States of America, through regulations, require that certain security procedures are taken to ensure every individual using an internal federal network do not threaten the activity of the federal government and the American people. To comply with those regulations, all interns working with the National Park Service must participate in a background check to access federal government computers.
The State of California requires certain governmental and private organizations to conduct background checks to help determine the suitability of a person in a volunteer position working with children, the elderly, or people with disabilities.
Interns may use the Bay Area's public transit options or use a personal vehicle/bike/other mode of transportation. If this is a hardship for you, please let your mentor or the Internship Management Team know and we will do our best to support you.
Interns will receive uniform pieces at no cost to them in the first few weeks of the internship. Each office and/or program has a slightly different dress code, so check with your mentor about what to wear before starting your internship.
Unfortunately, the National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy cannot guarantee a job after completing an internship. We encourage interns to take advantage of the various trainings and networking opportunities during the internship to help with the post-internship job search. We also host a Federal Jobs Workshop near the end of the program to share best practices on how to apply to federal jobs.
Absolutely. You will be provided with a comprehensive 3-day onboarding and orientation at the beginning of your internship. Interns will also participate in weekly virtual workshops and discussions on the topics of conservation, climate change and social and environmental justice, with the larger intern cohort.
Park Academy hosts a variety of classes for staff and interns – topics may include: resume building & interview skills, park orientation & history, flora & fauna, mapping & monitoring, computer skills, and much more. Every intern is invited to participate in Park Academy classes (with their mentor's approval). Depending on your internship position, interns may earn training certificates - check with your mentor.
Every intern must have an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number or a Social Security Number to receive a stipend, regardless of citizenship status. This is necessary so that The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy meets federal and state wage and tax reporting regulations. Intern applicants should plan accordingly, as the process to obtain a number can be very lengthy.
How much each intern pays in federal and state taxes for their stipend depends on many individual factors. The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy cannot legally provide tax advice, though some organizations offer free tax advice and assist individuals with filing their taxes:
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