Yosemite Leadership Program Summer Internship

Through your support, the internship program with the University of California, Merced, continues to grow. Each year, more students have the opportunity to connect to Yosemite and engage in learning and professional development for public-lands careers.

The two-year program, which includes a 12-week summer internship in Yosemite, exposes students to a range of learning and leadership experiences with the National Park Service and other park partners. For example, students may work alongside park staff in Wilderness Protection or Preventative Search and Rescue, where they gain practical, field-based experience. Students also completed a field journal and produced a video highlighting their summer experiences.

The internship culminated in a symposium held in Yosemite Valley where students present a professional applied project to the visiting public and park managers. These projects examine important park protection issues and serve as legacies long after the internship is completed.

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Thank you so very much for your support of this program. It could not happen without you. It deeply touches the lives of so many and has a tremendous benefit to the long-term protection of Yosemite.

Shauna Potocky
Branch Chief of Education
Yosemite National Park