Yosemite Leadership Program (YLP) Summer Internships

University of California, Merced, undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in this Conservancy-funded two-year internship program where they work alongside park staff and gain practical field-based experience. Students are exposed to a range of learning and leadership experiences by shadowing various National Park Service divisions and park partners. Through these experiences, youth can pursue careers in the National Park Service or other environmental fields. The program culminates with a symposium held in Yosemite Valley, where students present their projects to the visiting public and park managers.

In 2013, Conservancy funding allowed for an expansion of the internship program - from 14 intern positions to 16 positions. Thanks to your support, more young people have the opportunity to become inspired by Yosemite, leading to life-changing results.

More Youth Stewardship Projects

Project Notes

It was at that moment — that hit me so hard, and I realized that I have found where I want to be. I have found where I belong.

Bee Xiong
YLP participant

Map of Your Impact

From the reintroduction of bighorn sheep to restoration of Yosemite’s legendary trails, your support has made an impact in every corner of the park.