Golden Gate National Parks Academic Internship Program

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 diverse capacities including youth and community engagement, habitat restoration, business management, law enforcement, historical interpretation, and more.

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

  • Earn a $75 daily stipend (per full day)
  • Earn credit through a Community-Service-Learning (CSL)or an academic internship course
  • Obtain real work experience with a network of people who love their jobs
  • Gain specialized training, professional workforce skills, and leadership skills
  • Build your resume for future job opportunities and/or graduate school
  • Obtain an immersive experience in the most visited national park in the country

Intern Qualifications & Requirements

  • Be energetic, flexible, and self-motivated
  • Make individualized contributions to the organization and community members
  • Participate in cross-functional teams 
  • Work well be diverse individuals 
  • Possess good communication skills
  • Treat others with respect 
  • Communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and through written work
  • ​Bilingual skills are a plus
  • More qualification & requirements will be listed per each opportunity (see position descriptions below for more information)

How to Apply (App Due: October)

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 and Bay Area shelter-in-place orders, the Parks Conservancy, along with their partners at NPS, have currently suspended all internship programs. Please check back when programming resumes. 

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
  • Your unique perspective, skillsets, and/or experiences you bring


Questions? Become an Intern!

Spring 2020 Golden Gate National Parks Academic Interns


SF State GGNRA Students and Placements Sites

Academic Internships Position Descriptions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Faculty and Staff

SF State Academic Interns Alumni: 2014-Present

Where are they now in the National Parks Service or Parks Conservancy? Check out their LinkedIn profiles!

2018: Zayda Ortiz

Major: Urban Studies and Planning


2017: Cristina Navarro

Major: RPT

2017:Daniel Pang

Major:Environmental Studies

2017: Julian LoGuidici

Major: TBD

2017: Sean Corea

Major: TBD

2016: Alexandra Ibarra

Major: Environmental Studies

2016: Brian Flynn

Major: International Business

2016: Dennis Chang

Major: Environmental Studies

2016: Roger Fang

Major: TBD

2016: Saray Valencia


2015: Jonathan Yip

Major: Environmental Studies

2015: Kimiko DePedro

Major: RPT

2015: Maria Rosario

Major: RPT

2015: Mat Keene

Major: Environmental Studies

2014: Alfonso Orozco

Major: RPT

2014: Nelson Zuniga

Major: RPT

2014: Carmen Chan 

Major: RPT

2014: Sheena Wong

Major: RPT

2014: Gregory Rice

Major: RPT


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

ICCE acknowledge of organizations