IMBY Interns (13-18 year olds)


We’re now accepting applications on a rolling basis!

The In My Backyard internship opportunity has a NEW START DATE due to snow make up days.

The IMBY Intern program starts on July 2, 2019!


National Park Service Internship Opportunity

IMBY Team - Occidental

IMBY Summer 2018 Cohort


In My Backyard’s youth program was developed with the hope of fostering better relationships between diverse youth and the National Park Service. The foundation of IMBY’s youth programming is to provide a sense of belonging for young people in their shared public lands, including those that may not feel welcome or represented within the National Park Service. This program seeks to accomplish this by creating a space for youth to have positive, direct interaction with the park service in order to promote cultural and environmental awareness.


Directly aiding the National Park Service’s mission by facilitating the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of future generations, especially in relation to natural and cultural resources.


The In My Backyard youth program is a 9-week summer mentorship program hosted by Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (KLSE). Students ages 13-18 who participate in the program will develop an understanding of what it means to belong in our public lands as they explore cultural histories, local ecosystems, and personal identity. Students will work closely with college-aged mentors in areas such as college and career planning, resume building, and personal branding. Other activities include:

  • Field trips to Seattle-area cultural sites
  • Building friendships with like-minded peers
  • A supportive environment for expression
  • Personal creative projects
  • Real talk about possibly paths for your future
  • Resume-building and professional skills
  • Get involved with community groups
  • Chance to work closely with park rangers
  • Explore what being in a park means to you!


  • The internship start date is Tuesday, July 2. The end date is Friday, August 30.
  • Internship is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
  • $350 stipend upon completion of the mentorship program.
  • Public transportation fees to and from KLSE will also be reimbursed.


Below is the application for prospective applicants for In My Backyard. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with a start date of July 2, 2019. Further details and directions for submission can be found in the application: Download Application. Remember, since applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, this widens the window for you to send in your application. With the wide window for accepting applications, do be mindful of the program start date: July 2, 2019.