School Year Environmental Internship
Interested in the sciences and want to help improve your local ecosystem? Work alongside Friends of Van Cortlandt Park staff to develop and implement a project of your own design to positively impact Van Cortlandt Park. As an intern you will learn about the local ecology in the Bronx while gaining valuable job readiness and self-management skills and college preparedness through Riverdale Neighborhood House (RNH). Interns will be guided by mentors to develop a project throughout the school year (October-May). Interns accepted into the program are required to attend alternating Fridays from 4:30-6:00pm at RNH, at least one day during the week at the Friends office to work on your project and can also gain hours on certain Saturdays. Applications for this school year internship are generally open during the month of September.
Summer Water and Trails Crew Internship
Started in 1992, the Friends’ flagship Summer Teen Program is an example of what young people can do if they are given a chance. Over the past 24 years, the Summer Teen Program has brought over 600 teenagers into the Park for internships. The teens have helped preserve and protect the Park by doing a variety of tasks including trail building, brochure design, native species planting, and lake monitoring. In the process, they have grown to become better park stewards. Since 2013 our program has become the Teen Trails Crew who do much of the maintenance on the over 20 miles of trails within VCP. The program runs for seven weeks between July and August. Please check back in April for an application for the upcoming year.
Garden 2 Market Internship
When we understand where our food comes from, and where it goes, we can make better decisions about what we buy and eat! This internship is for anyone interested in our food system and covers topics from growing to selling and eating. During the summer interns spend time in our garden learning about growing vegetables, composting and the social and community aspects of a garden, and time exploring food justice issues and learning about the business of running a farm stand. During the summer and fall, if school schedules allow, interns run a farm stand. They learn everything from ordering and pricing to stocking the table and completing a sale. They gain communication skills and become advocates for healthy eating in their community. The internship includes many chances to taste and cook new foods and recipes- because no internship about food is complete without eating! Applications are available in April/May.