• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

College Internships

Interns in the Santa Monica Mountains learn many different aspects of park management including how wildlife and people interact.
Interns in the Santa Monica Mountains learn many different aspects of park management including how wildlife and people interact. This one is demonstrating how real-looking passive wildlife deterrents work instead of homeowners using chemicals that can cause harm to flora and fauna.

General Information

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area offer internship positions for both college and high school students. All interns must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Some intern positions are offered year round, others only during the school year.

High School students: click here for information.

College students and Recent Graduates: College students gain experience using the information they have learned in the classroom, learn more about their field of study, and gain real world job experience working for a federal agency. Students may be currently enrolled or recent graduates (within last 4 years). Most intern positions are 3 or 4 months, full time. Some can be part time for 5 to 6 months. Some positions are weekday only, some may require weekend work. See the individual position descriptions for further information about days and length of time for that internship. Interns must have a valid driver's license and must have their own vehicle for their personal transportation to and from work. While at work, government vehicles may be available for intern use within the scope of their position. Knowledge of common computer programs (Word, Access or Excel) may be required for some positions. A stipend of $20 per day and/or housing (for full time interns) may be available. Some intern positions will require fingerprint and background checks.

College Student Intern Position Descriptions
(Click on the title for a full position description)

Application Instructions

Describe in a cover letter which internship you want to apply for, how this internship will benefit your career and the period of time you will be available. Include in your cover letter whether or not you would need housing (housing is available for full time interns only), that you are aware of the stipend and that you have a vehicle for your personal transportation to and from work. Send your cover letter, resume, three references and an unofficial copy of your transcript via e-mail to ryan_stead@nps.gov

Did You Know?

Watch the credits a the end of a film and you may discover how often national parks are used by the movie industry.

Unique vistas and cultural significance often draw filmmakers to National Parks. Paramount Ranch is the only place in the National Park System where you can see movie making in action at a historic movie ranch once owned by Paramount Pictures (1927).