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We Believe

We believe our world needs intentional, value driven leadership and citizenship.  

We believe Earth is at a pivotal moment in time where our decisions as individuals within society will drastically impact life for the positive or the negative.  

We believe you are capable of incredible impact and transformation.

We believe you are our future.

Our Vision

The Yosemite Leadership Program (YLP) strives to be the premier student environmental leadership program in the nation. The YLP will foster synergy among government, business, and academia to develop tomorrow’s thoughtful, ethical, and innovative leaders.

Our Mission

YLP is leadership development that educates and inspires environmental advocacy and social change through skilled, ethical, innovative and intentional action while respecting cultural heritage and community.

YLP Summer Internship 2024

Change yourself. Change the park.

The mountains of Yosemite are the setting for YLPSI, a summer of leadership, professional development, and stewardship.

Learn job skills working alongside rangers in one of a variety of specialties. Previous years’ interns have worked with either engineering, wilderness, ecological restoration, environmental compliance, IT, education, interpretation, and safety, among others. Read the list of this year’s internship descriptions

Build networks and develop your leadership style during weekly seminars hosting leaders from the Yosemite National Park community.

Explore the park and learn outdoor skills during structured hikes and backpack trips.

To access the 2024 Summer Internship application, please visit our apply page. Applications are due Sunday February 11th, 11:59pm. 

To learn more about the programs offered this fall, please visit our programs page.

For other leadership opportunities and leader-development programs, visit the Margo F. Souza Leadership Center site.