National Park Service: Young Leaders in Climate Change

The Young Leaders in Climate Change (YLCC) program provides paid summer internships to highly accomplished undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates to work on diverse issues related to climate change and its effects in national parks. The internship projects may occur in national parks or program offices and are designed by National Park Service (NPS) staff to meet high-priority needs of parks and programs. General topic areas include resource conservation and adaptation; climate effects monitoring; park facilities adaptation; policy development; sustainable operations & mitigation; and communication, interpretation, or education.

Previous climate change interns have worked on a wide range of projects, including developing new interpretive programs in urban parks, monitoring glacier mass balance, developing management plans that anticipate new wildfire regimes, organizing a workshop on preservation of historic buildings, conducting greenhouse gas inventories in parks, and creating high-quality videos about climate change impacts on parks.

Internship positions run full-time (40 hours/week) for 11-12 weeks, generally during the summer months.  Interns are employees of the University of Washington, paid hourly plus benefits. Most positions come with free or subsidized housing in dormitories or other shared accommodations in parks. They are all rigorous and challenging projects that demand high-level academic knowledge and skills and that afford interns with considerable autonomy and opportunity for leadership under an effective mentor.

Applications are typically accepted in January each year. 

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