Founded in 2012, Urban Ecology Teen Internship (Urban Eco-Teens) is a year-round paid internship for high school students in which new summer participants attend a rigourous college course at Lehman College, returning participants attend GIS Certificate trainings provided by NYC Parks staff, and both work outdoors with horticulturists and forest restoration staff from Van Cortlandt Park while completing labs and going on great field trips!
In the fall interns are part of the leadership training series where they lead several groups of volunteers in forest restoration.
Application period is now open!
Would you recommend this program to a friend or family member?
From our interns:
"Yes, I would tell them they will have (a) fun, friendly, learning experience." -Rakib
"I would, and I would say the friends make the sweat worth it." -Ayanna
We are deeply grateful for our friends and supporters who make this wonderful opportunity for teens possible:
The Rudin Foundation, NYC Council Member Andrew Cohen, Horace Mann School, Con Edison, The Edward F. & Sheri G. Leonard Fund, TD Charitable Foundation, Jockey Hollow Foundation, Patagonia, BJ's Charitable Foundation, The City Gardens Club of NYC, Shandler Family Fund, NYC Council Parks Initiative, A Greener NYC, Target and The Pinkerton Foundation
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Many thanks to our partners and collaboration from Lehman College, Friends of Van Cortlandt Park, Americorps, New York Restoration Project, New York Botanical Garden, Wave Hill, Friends of The High Line, Youth Development Institute, Riverdale Neighborhood House and NYC Parks.