The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are offering two separate internships for youth this summer. Below is more information on each program and how to apply. Both are competitive programs so please make sure to get your completed application in on time and best of luck!
Youth Run Farm Stand Internship
The Youth Run Farm Stand Internship offers the rewarding opportunity to learn about produce in an urban setting. The FVCP Youth Markets are a vital community resource, providing healthier options with fresh fruits and vegetables at two farm stands. Interns in this program learn about the entire food system; growing selling, consuming, and composting. This is important because when we understand where our food comes from and where it goes, we are able to make better decisions about what we buy and eat. Within the FVCP garden interns will assist growing the produce, and complete tasks such as weeding, watering, and maintaining the garden beds weekly. While running the outdoor markets, the focus is on merchandising, customer service, and how to promote the stand in the community. The markets also include youth led cooking demonstrations to encourage healthy eating in our community. Work schedule each week is a total of 15 hours spread over the course of 3 days during the summer and 5 hours of work each week during the fall. This internship has been partially funded by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Application for the Youth Run Farm Stand Internship.
Summer Teen Trail Crew
The Summer Teen Trail Crew Internship combines hard work and environmental conservation for a rewarding experience. The teens work to complete a variety of projects on over 20 miles of trails in Van Cortlandt Park including maintenance, habitat restoration, and invasive species removal. Highlights from last summer’s program include the completion of 3 footbridges and more than 30 check dams, both of which will help prevent trail erosion. Along with trail maintenance, the crew learns about the ecology of the park and how removing non-native invasive plant species improves the overall health and quality of the forest. Students participating in this internship have a positive impact on Van Cortlandt Park while learning valuable green job skills. Work schedule is a total of 25 hours spread over the course of 4 days for the summer. This internship has been partially funded by the Pinkerton Foundation. Application for the Summer Teen Trails Crew.