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Summer Internship: College Students

Program Summary

The Central Park Conservancy College Summer Internship program provides 20 college students with paid full-time positions for 10 weeks from June to August. Participants receive the opportunity to contribute directly to the care and restoration of Central Park. Working side-by-side with Conservancy staff, interns learn about the complexity of managing an iconic and historic urban park that receives over 42 million visits a year. Additionally, interns will attend lectures, workshops and practicums with experts in the field to better synthesize and apply what they learn. College interns support several areas of the Conservancy’s work, including: Public Programs, GIS & Asset Management, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Tree Care, and Woodlands Management.

Housing and transportation are the responsibility of each individual intern. Interns will receive a uniform consisting of 4 shirts, 1 hat, and 1 set of rain-gear. Interns will bring / supply their own trousers (no jeans or shorts allowed) and work-boots (boots are not required for data or education positions).

The internship is 10 weeks, June 4 – August 9.

All interns work 4 days a week (specific days and times vary depending on position).

Interns are paid biweekly at a competitive hourly rate of $15/hour.

College interns are eligible for a 403(b) Retirement Plan and Short Term Disability.

Must be enrolled or recently graduated as an undergraduate or graduate student to be considered.

The application period for the 2018 College Summer Internship is now closed. The application period will be open again in 2019.

Position Descriptions

 Operations Data & Asset Management Intern

 Tree Care Intern

 Advanced Tree Care Intern

 Public Programs Intern

 Horticulture Intern

 Conservatory Garden Intern

 Landscape Architecture Intern

 Woodland Intern

See what our former summer interns are saying about their experiences in these submissions to our essay contest, From the Next Generation of Park Stewards. We asked each of our interns to think deeply about their experience in Central Park and how it has further informed their perception of urban parks and their connection to urban livability and sustainability. Hear from our 2018 winners:

 Stephen McConkey, Film and Special Events Intern

 Troy Parish, Operations Data & Asset Management Intern

Youth Education and Service Programs are supported in part by The Barker Welfare Foundation; Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Epstein Teicher Philanthropies; Abraham Perlman Foundation; The Pinkerton Foundation; and William E. Weiss Foundation, Inc./Daryl Brown Uber.