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About Cabrillo National Monument

President Woodrow Wilson established the Cabrillo National Monument in 1913 to honor Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, the first European on the West Coast, who claimed the land for Spain in 1542. Today, the National Park Service manages the monument and its 160 acres. People come from around the world to watch Pacific gray whales migrate south, visit the tide pool area, learn about military history and more. The park also offers volunteer programs and exhibits on various subjects.

Internships at the Cabrillo National Monument are really introductions to park management and environmental preservation. Interns study natural resources by doing fieldwork in the park. They learn about the geography of the area by putting data in Cabrillo’s geographic information system. They help with the resource management and visitor protection division by restoring the native plants of the coastal sage scrub ecosystem around the park. Interns also help staff the visitor center’s front desk and work on special projects.


Open to college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as recent grads and grad students.

Cabrillo National Monument

Marcy Marquez
Cabrillo National Monument
Cabrillo National Monument
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego, CA 92106
Phone: (619) 523-4573


Number of Interns: Varies
Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Unpaid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


Los Angeles, CA