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 positively impact Van Cortlandt Park while building your skills as a future scientist. As an intern you will learn about the local forest and stream ecology in the Bronx while also gaining valuable self-management skills and college preparedness through Riverdale Neighborhood House (RNH). Interns will be guided by mentors throughout the school year (October-May). Interns accepted into the program are required to attend alternating Fridays from 4:30-6:00pm at RNH, and weekly meetings in Van Cortlandt Park. Questions can be directed to Applications for the 2018-2019 School Year Environmental Internship will be available in 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 six to seven weeks between July and August. The application deadline for this year has passed.


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!  The application deadline for this year has passed.