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Two-Year Program  |  Applications closed for 2021-22 Academic Year

Each fall, the Yosemite Leadership Program accepts a new cohort of participants into the campus-based, co-curricular leadership development program. These groups are kept small intentionally to provide participants with a personal, high-quality experience in leadership development.  

We are planning for an in-person semester, but may have to adjust as Covid19 policies change throughout the academic year. Cohort meetings for first-year students occur on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:00pm. Wilderness and team-building activities occur on weekends roughly once a month throughout the semester.

Applications for 2021-22 academic year are closed.

The application due date for the 2022-23 academic year is Monday September 5th at 11:59pm. 

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Summer Internship  |  YLPSI will continue operating in a limited capacity for summer 2022. With only six internships available, please take extra time and care in preparing your application materials.

Each summer, the YLP provides UC Merced undergraduates the opportunity to live and work in a national park during a 12-week residential summer internship experience.  Any UC Merced student is welcome to apply whether or not you have been involved in a campus YLP cohort. As a component of students' professional development, the summer internship has a separate, rigorous application process.  So please follow the directions carefully.  

Summer 2022 application deadline is Sunday February 13th at 11:59pm!

2022 application, internship overview, and position descriptions are below:

2022 Application: 2022_ylpsi_application_deadline_extension_jan20.pdf

2022 Internship Overview: ylpsi_overview_2022_.pdf

2022 Position Descriptions: 2022_yosemite_leadership_program_summer_internship_position_descriptions_dec_16.pdf 

Submission instructions are on the last page of the application.  For any questions contact Jesse Chakrin at