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Summer Internship: High School Students

The Central Park Conservancy High School Summer Internship provides 25 high school students with paid full-time positions for 7 weeks in July and 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.

All interns work 5-days a week: 4 days at their individual position and Fridays together as a group. On Fridays, interns are introduced to the broader green careers field via field trips to other park and environmental organizations. The internship includes reflective writing assignments and public speaking.

All interns will be provided with 5 uniform shirts, a hat, and rain gear (if appropriate). Interns must wear solid-colored, long pants (preferably khaki-colored) and appropriate footwear (boots for horticulture). Selected applicants will be interviewed in May with final hiring decisions made by the end of May.

The Central Park Conservancy High School Summer Internship Program is very competitive. We receive more applications than positions available. Previous experience with Central Park Conservancy programs, including internships or ROOTS, does not guarantee admittance into the current year's program. All applications are reviewed at face value and applicants are chosen on the merit of their application and match for positions available.

The internship is 7 weeks, July 2 – August 17. Mandatory orientation for all interns will take place on July 2 & 3.

Interns are paid biweekly at a competitive hourly rate of $13/hour.

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

Applicants must be at least 16 years old before July 1 to be considered. To be hired, students must have a social security number, appropriate photo ID verifying employment eligibility, and working papers (if under 18).

Application deadline: April 30.

Available Positions

 Horticulture Intern (20 positions)

 Visitor Services Intern (5 positions)

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 relation to the importance of urban park stewardship.

 Dea Franzek, Horticulture Intern, Operations

 Leora Schloss, Horticulture Intern, Operations

Summer Internship: High School Students

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.