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Two-Year Program  |  Applications extended to Sept. 09

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.  Most cohort activities for the 2020-21 academic year will occur on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:00pm.  Please note that due to our campus's collective response to COVID 19, all programming for the coming semester will be remote.

The application due date for the 2020-21 academic year has been extended to 11:59pm on Sept. 09.  

Online:         Apply Online


The YLP Summer Internship has been cancelled for summer 2020 due to COVID 19.  Updates for summer 2021 will be forthcoming.

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 directions carefully.  Information for the summer 2021 internship application will be a available towards the end of 2020.

Example: 2020 application, internship overview, and position descriptions are below:

2020 Application:  ylpsiapp.docx

2020 Internship Overview:  2020_ylpsi_general_info_dec_20.pdf

2020 Position Descriptions:  ylpsi_positions_2020.pdf

Submission instructions are on the last page of the application.  For any questions, contact Jacob at