Yosemite Leadership Program Internships

The Yosemite Leadership Program (YLP) Summer Internship is a 12-week professional development program that focuses on leadership, professional skill development, environmental awareness, stewardship, and creating positive change.

This program gives students the extraordinary opportunity to develop practical leadership and professional skills along-side innovative leaders while living and working in a remarkable setting—Yosemite National Park.

The 2019 summer internship program will run from Monday, May 20 to Friday, August 9, 2019.

Position Descriptions and Application

Position descriptions [745 kb PDF]
YLP Internship Application [180 kb PDF]

Applications must be received by close of business on Sunday, February 10, 2019.


Applicants are required to be a college student in good standing, possess a valid driver’s license, be available for the entire duration of the summer internship, and must successfully complete a background check upon the offer of an internship position. Internships are available to University of California, Merced students and to previous Youth in Yosemite affiliated program participants.

Internship Amenities

Interns will be provided shared, furnished housing with WiFi. A food stipend of $15 per day worked is provided ($75/week). Government vehicles will be available for work-related use. Upon successful completion of the internship, interns will be awarded a $2500 scholarship.

Internship Breakdown

  • 32-hour work week with robust, skills-based professional development with either the National Park Service or associated Park Partners.

  • Weekly Environmental Leadership Seminars.

  • Completion of a professional work project with their work group

  • Completion and execution of a professional presentation at the Youth in Yosemite Symposium.

Direct Hiring Authority

Upon successful completion of YLPSI and their college degree program, participants may be granted Direct Hire Authority with the Department of the Interior including the National Park Service. This is an important aspect of the program, which provides non-competitive hiring for permanent positions throughout the Department of the Interior. This eligibility is good for 24 months from the interns’ graduation date.

Last updated: February 8, 2019

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Yosemite National Park, CA 95389


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