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Yosemite Leadership Program Internships

A group of Yosemite Leadership Program interns gathered on the steps of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute

The Yosemite Leadership Program offers a dynamic and innovative professional developmental opportunity in a remarkable setting.

The Yosemite Leadership Program Summer Internship is a 12-week professional development program that focuses on leadership, professional skill development, environmental awareness, stewardship, and social change. This program gives students and youth participants-regardless of major or previous outdoor experience the exciting opportunity to develop practical leadership and professional skills, in a remarkable setting and with innovative leaders.

Students and previous Youth in Yosemite Program participants have the opportunity to apply for a summer internship located in Yosemite National Park. Interns have the opportunity to work with the National Park Service, an associated non-profit organization, or in-park business, each of which support the National Park Service mission and are deeply connected to environmental awareness and stewardship of public lands.

The internship provides on-the-job training and robust professional development, leadership skill building, participation in an Environmental Leadership class and an educational scholarship.

Several types of internships are available through this program. Check out the position descriptions [500 kb PDF] for details.

Download the application [173 kb DOCX]. Applications must be received by March 28. Applications received after March 28 will be put on a waiting list.

Did You Know?

Yosemite Museum

When it opened to the public on May 29, 1926, the Yosemite Museum became the first museum building in the national park system, and its educational objectives served as a model for parks nationwide. It still functions much as it was originally intended, and currently exhibits items which mainly reflect the Native occupation of Yosemite Valley and its surroundings. When in the park, you can visit with one of three cultural demonstrators who primarily staff the Museum.