Academic Internship

SF State University & City College of San Francisco

Are you passionate about mentoring

& developing the next generation of park staff?

If yes, consider becoming a Volunteer Supervisor to work with and mentor college students from San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco.

We are looking for 8–10 Volunteer Supervisors to join us in this NEW partnership to engage our local college youth in park work and provide them the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills. As an academic internship supervisor, you will be called on to provide training, clear and meaningful work duties, and constructive feedback. This provides a unique opportunity to engage local youth, while helping shape and grow a program which can be used as a model for other national parks.


of the Academic Internships - 2013

The breadth and reach of this urban park, and its location adjacent to a wide variety of local academic institutions, provides a unique opportunity to connect classroom learning with practical, hands-on field experience and training. The National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy are piloting a new internship program, aptly named ‘Academic Internships’ that connects local college students with work experience opportunities in the park.

Internship opportunities will vary in length from one semester to one year (and part-time to full-time) depending on the nature of the project, academic focus and the availability/need of park mentors. Those students who participate in the program receive an educational award from the park, and academic credit from the academic institution. Thus far, this new program is being piloted with two key partners: San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco. The goal is to develop a program, structure and process that can be expanded to other local schools in each of the three counties that the park operates (Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo).

These internship opportunities offer distinct benefits to both partners.
Currently, the only advanced internship opportunities available in the Park reside within the ‘Volunteers-in-Parks’ program. As such, and by definition, the national park volunteer policies restrict housing to only those ‘volunteer interns’ who live more than 50 miles away from the park boundary. This new arrangement with the local colleges enables the Park to more effectively engage local youth as interns, while providing critical support for park programs and projects. These partner schools also serve a broad local audience, which enables the Park to tap into a diverse pool of local participants.

For our academic partners, this program provides their students with hands-on, relevant work experience. These institutions recognize that those students who participate in internships are more likely to find jobs and other opportunities upon receipt of their degree. Furthermore, these hands-on experiences can enhance learning in the classroom as the practical experience provides a good foundation for understanding the more theoretical classroom learning.

VIP Supervisory form and position description template attached:

Academic Internship Orientation 2014

Saturday, Jan. 18th, 1-3pm

201 Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA




Academic Internship