Through Yosemite Leadership Program (YLP) summer internships, culturally diverse college students spend 12 weeks living, working and learning in Yosemite National Park. This program, one of the premier internships in the National Park Service, inspires young people to develop deep connections with Yosemite as they gain valuable hands-on career and stewardship experience.

By working alongside wildlife managers, Preventive Search and Rescue teams, American-Indian cultural demonstrators and others, YLP interns receive unique on-the-job training with top-notch public-lands professionals. Students also learn about environmental leadership and complete stewardship projects. At the end of the summer, the interns share their experiences during a public symposium in Yosemite. This program serves as a robust pathway to public-lands careers for students who might not otherwise have the chance to visit or work in a national park.

Thanks to your support, the 2016 YLP interns gained valuable experience while working alongside experts in education and interpretation, wilderness and fire management, ecological restoration, and more. One intern spent the summer at the Yosemite Art Center, where he led workshops for children while getting an inside perspective on the Conservancy’s role as a key park partner. (Read his story on our blog.)

Your gifts provided students with valuable opportunities to explore careers, develop professional skills and work on tangible projects that benefit Yosemite. Thank you for supporting your park!

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park and University of California, Merced.

Shauna Potocky

Director of Education and Youth Program

Project Notes

The Yosemite Leadership Program Summer Internship is one of the premier internships in the National Park Service, recognized for its ability to recruit highly qualified, culturally diverse youth and provide them with the opportunity to live and work in Yosemite National Park alongside the managers, scientists and program administrators in the field.