The Hi Mountain Lookout has offered a summer internship program for the last decade. Established in 2002 by Dr. Francis X. Villablanca, research students and interns have acted as volunteer staff for the Lookout for nearly 20 seasons.
Beginning in 2002, Hi Mountain interns primarily focuses on Condor Radio-telemetry. However, as condors have gradually become fitted with GPS tags, interns have moved to other areas of study for the most part.
Many internship projects have focused on bird surveys and monitoring at and around Hi Mountain Lookout. A bird checklist of species found at Hi Mountain can be found here.
Mammal surveys are conducted through live trapping at Hi Mountain. A checklist of mammal species found at and around Hi Mountain can be found here.
Pre-established plots are surveyed in riparian, oak-woodland, and chaparral communities around Hi Mountain Lookout.