2022 Academic Internship graduates celebrate in a group photo pose in front of the Crissy Field Center
2022 Dr. Nina S. Roberts Academic Internship Celebration

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Interns pose at in front of an NPS sign at Muir Woods with Park Ranger
Enterprise for Youth High School Climate Career Corp Interns at Muir Woods

NPS Photo

The Golden Gate Park Internship Experience (GOGA PIE) at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fort Point National Historic Site, and Muir Woods National Monument is a partnership program of the National Park Service (NPS) and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (GGNPC). It is a cornerstone park program, providing professional development and career pathway opportunities for youth and young adults, while supporting real needs of park management. A wide range of positions are available, including those working with business management, education and youth programs, volunteer program management, communications and media, natural and cultural resources, historical interpretation, public affairs, park planning, and more. Internships vary in length and can be part-time to full-time. They incorporate specialized training, professional skill building, and career development. Internships are immersive experiences, where interns learn by working with staff mentors to support critical park projects, while also bringing new ideas and a renewed energy to our park and staff. Together with our partners we are fostering a passion for our parks and open space, investing in our community, and cultivating our future work force.


Program Goals

  1. Create immersive opportunities for young people to gain work and leadership skills through practical experience, interactive learning, essential skill building, and specialized training.
  2. Engage local audiences and broaden our community outreach, especially to youth from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds that have been traditionally underserved.
  3. Offer transformative experiences that build deep connections to our public lands.
  4. Encourage and provide a ladder of learning and career pathways from interns to staff.
  5. Cultivate our future workforce and next generation of leaders.
  6. Provide support to meet real needs of park programs, management, and staff.
Environment for the Americas interns in front of the Administration building on Alcatraz Island
Environment for the Americas Interns at an Allies for Inclusion Program on Alcatraz Island

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The National Park Service collaborates with a selection of youth partner organizations to create internship opportunities. Our youth partners provide the backbone support so that the National Park Service staff are able to provide the "in-the-field" mentorship to all our interns.

Current youth partner organizations at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fort Point National Historic Site, and Muir Woods National Monument include (and are not limited to):

High school interns, partner staff, and NPS staff celebrate the season at Black Point Gardens
2022 Enterprise for Youth Interns at Black Point Gardens in Fort Mason

Enterprise for Youth


Who is Eligible?

Due to the diversity of our communities and partners, we strive to create opportunities that can be available to all. To that end, we partner with many local, regional, and national youth serving organizations who have different eligibility requirements. Check with each individual youth partner and position for these requirements.
Two Academic interns with a Presidio Trust staff up top a play structure with their hands up in the air!
Presidio Trust Staff and Academic Interns on a play structure in the Presidio Tunnel Tops

Presidio Trust

Programs and Timelines:

Each year the park partners with these following organizations to offer signature internship programs unique to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

  • American Conservation Experience Internships: ACE and NPS has partnered to offer multiple education and interpretation internships beginning January thru Summer.

    • Internship dates: mid-January thru Summer/Fall
    • Part and full-time opportunities available with living allowance
  • Dr. Nina S. Roberts Academic Internships: Through this program, local and diverse cohorts of college youth are engaged in immersive park experiences to enhance classroom learning. Internships are open to all enrolled students and majors from San Francisco State University, City College of San Francisco, and College of Marin. Interns receive a $500 weekly living allowance and an opportunity for academic credit.

    • Positions expected to open in March 1st 2024
    • Internships will run May 2024 - August 2024 for 10 weeks
  • Enterprise for Youth: Climate Career Corps: Enterprise for Youth is a San Francisco based workforce development non-profit that the Golden Gate National Recreation Area has partnered with to provide high school aged youth opportunities to intern with the park.

    • Job Readiness training is REQUIRED to intern with us (participants receive a $125 stipend for completing the training)
    • Next Job Readiness Training Dates: February 6 - April 6, Wednesday or Thursday cohorts available
    • Internship dates: Early June 2024 - Mid July 2024
    • Interns are paid $20/hour
  • Environment for the Americas Internships: Environment for the Americas has partnered with the National Park Service to offer year-long internship opportunities for diverse, under-represented young adults at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

    • Full-time $475 per week living allowance


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Questions or comments about internships: e-mail us!

Last updated: February 29, 2024

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