Golden Gate National Parks Academic Internship

Academic Internships

This exciting opportunity is a partnership between SF State University, the National Park Service Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. The Academic Internship Program is a semester-long internship at the Golden Gate National Parks that encourages student interns to expand their learning and knowledge outside of the classroom while earning a stipend and academic credit. Student interns support the parks through various capacities such as youth and community engagement, habitat restoration, business management, law enforcement, historical interpretation, and more.

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What to Expect

Program Goals

  • Increase diversity in the workplace and support an intern cohort that reflects the demographics of our Bay Area community
  • Engage local college youth in park programs and projects
  • Deliver hands-on, relevant, and meaningful professional experiences to enhance classroom learning, while contributing to the mission of the park
  • Offer strong mentorships that provide students with constructive training and support

Intern Benefits

  • $50 daily stipend (per full day)
  • SF State Courses in Community-Service-Learning (CSL) available for internships
  • Other ways to obtain 1-3 units - Click here for more information
  • Real work experience with a network of people who love their jobs
  • Gain specialized training, professional workforce skills, and leadership skills
  • Career building and potential for future job opportunities
  • Immersive experience in the most visited national park in the country

Interested in working for Golden Gate National Parks?

Intern Qualifications & Requirements

  • Energetic, flexible, self-motivated, and a sense of humor
  • Ability to contribute individually
  • Participate in cross-functional teams
  • Ability to work well with diverse audiences
  • Good communication skills
  • Treats others with respect 
  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
  • ​Bilingual skills are a plus
  • More qualification & requirements will be listed per each opportunity (see position descriptions below for more information)

 Application Due

Sunday, October 14th, 2018 by 11:59 pm. 

For more information on how to apply to this program, please contact Jose R. Lopez at All resume workshops are provided by the Campus Academic Resources Program (CARP).

How to Apply:

Application Here!

Be sure to include the following in your cover letter:

  • Your experience or lack of experience (that’s ok!) with national parks.
  • Why you are interested in the position(s) that you are applying for.
  • What unique perspective you bring.


  • First, have an advisor or one of your professors review your resume and cover letter and/or seek support at your campus student centers/departments:
    • Come to the Resume workshops listed above
  • Apply for more than one position!
    • You can apply for up to 3 positions
  • This will only increase your chances in the selection process

SF State GGNRA Students and Placements Sites

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Faculty and Staff


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  We greatly acknowledge the following organizations for their significant support in making this program possible:

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