Summer Internship: College Students

College interns in the summer of 2019

With deep concern for your well-being and in support of the City's COVID-19 abatement efforts, the Central Park Conservancy is pausing the internship program for this summer. Please visit our website for the latest updates. 

The Central Park Conservancy College Summer Internship program provides college students with paid, full-time positions for 10 weeks from June through August. Participants contribute directly to the management and care of Central Park and learn about the complexity of managing an iconic and historic urban park that welcomes more than 42 million visits a year. Working with Conservancy staff, interns provide critical support throughout the summer, while developing skills on the job and gaining practical experience for their careers. Additionally, they attend career panels and networking events with professionals at the Conservancy. 

Housing and transportation are the responsibility of each individual intern. Schedules vary based on position; all interns work 5 days a week from June 1 – August 7. Interns are paid and are eligible for a 403(b) Retirement Plan and Short Term Disability.

Application deadline: March 8, 2020

Eligibility

Must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student and have completed at least one year of undergraduate coursework.

Please note: for your application to be considered you must provide the following documents: (1) current resume; (2) cover letter; and (3) a written personal reference. Your reference letter can be from a teacher, counselor, coach or supervisor.

Position Descriptions


Testimonials

See what our former summer interns are saying about their experiences with the Central Park Conservancy.

“I would recommend working with the Conservancy to those who want something a little bit different for their summer. It’s very refreshing to be out in the Park every day and to be working with so many different types of people.”

- Orlando Santiago, 2019 Visitor Services Intern

“This is a really great place to work if you’re interested in working outside, learning about the native plants and invasive species of the Park, you’re interested in learning how the Park is run and how it’s managed, and you want to do a lot of hands-on work in a really unique and urban setting.”

- Hannah Cho, 2019 Horticulture Intern

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There’s never going to be anything else like this. So, you should do it. Take the chance. It’s totally worth it. The people who you meet here — you probably would never meet anywhere else. There’s something about the Park that draws people who are passionate, and that’s something that you don't experience everywhere.”

- Amber Guevara, 2019 Volunteer Services Intern

“I got a much better understanding of the nonprofit world, got much better at many basic office tasks, and learned about development! It was also not typical "intern" work, but instead meaningful, important work that helped me to learn about the organization.”

- Liza Moses, 2019 Development Intern



Horticulture Intern – 16 positions available

We are looking for Horticulture Interns to work in various sections across the 843 acres of Central Park. The internship experience will provide an in-depth introduction to various aspects of landscape management in a public space. Interns will work directly with members of the Landscape Management team performing general park maintenance and horticulture projects.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Weeding and invasive species removal
  • Irrigation of lawns and plantings
  • Mowing and string trimming
  • Documenting site plantings and species identification
  • Planting and transplanting
  • Bagging litter and trash and emptying garbage cans
  • Cleaning and sweeping paths
  • Installing and repairing fences
  • Interacting with Park patrons in a professional manner

Requirements:

  • Background or course work in horticulture, plant science, ecology, environmental studies, landscape architecture or a related field, knowledge of plant material
  • Highly motivated, adventurous, and responsible
  • Ability to perform heavy, physical labor on a daily basis in all weather conditions
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a group
  • Ability to interact extensively with the public and cross-functionally with CPC staff

Schedule:

Monday – Friday
7:00 am – 3:30 pm

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Horticulture Intern: Natural Areas – 3 positions available

The Central Park Conservancy Natural Areas Interns will assist Natural Areas Technicians in general park maintenance and horticulture duties in our four designated Natural Areas – North Woods, Ramble, Hallett Nature Sanctuary and Dene Slope Meadow. Focusing on native plants and ecology, interns will work on a variety of landscape and habitat restoration projects in woodland, aquatic and meadow environments.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Planting, transplanting, weeding and invasive species removal
  • Irrigation, pruning and monitoring of plantings
  • Rustic trail maintenance, mulching, hillside erosion control and soil rehabilitation
  • Removing litter and debris from landscapes, safety inspections
  • Installing and repairing fence, cleaning pathways and maintaining points of interest

Requirements:

  • Interest in ecology, wildlife, environmental issues, natural resources and botany
  • Experience in gardening, forestry, horticulture and basic plant identification preferred
  • Highly motivated, adventurous, and responsible
  • Ability to perform physical labor outdoors on a daily basis in all weather conditions
  • Ability to work independently and in a group
  • Able to interact extensively with the public in a professional manner

Schedule:

Monday – Friday
7:00 am – 3:30 pm

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Horticulture Intern: Gardens – 2 positions available

The Central Park Conservancy maintains all of the Gardens across the 843 acre Park. The Garden’s Intern will assist garden staff and volunteers with the horticultural and landscape maintenance of Central Park's Conservatory Garden (1 intern) and Shakespeare Garden (1 intern), each of which feature hundreds of plant species in formal and informal settings. This opportunity will provide the intern with a hands on experience planning and caring for a formal garden in a public park setting.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Planting, pruning, hedging, deadheading, weeding, mulching
  • Path and lawn maintenance
  • Irrigation and irrigation repair.

Requirements:

Some coursework in plant science, landscape design, or horticulture, or relevant experience in gardening. Must be able to perform heavy, physical labor in all weather conditions; must be highly motivated, patient and detail-oriented; reliable; affable with visitors, staff and volunteers.

Schedule: 

 Shakespeare Garden M – F (7am – 3:30pm)
Conservatory Garden M – F (8:00am – 4:30)

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Horticulture Intern: Sports Field Maintenance Intern – 2 positions available

Central Park is home to 26 different ballfields, all of which are maintained by the Central Park Conservancy. This care requires specialized knowledge and skills. The internship experience will provide daily hands on learning and training of Ballfield maintenance working on Central Park’s 26 softball and baseball fields.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Infield skin maintenance and lip edging
  • Irrigation repairs and audits
  • Plate installation
  • Post rain skin grooming procedures
  • Weeding and invasive species removal
  • Irrigation of lawns and plantings
  • Mowing and string trimming
  • Planting and transplanting, mulching and/or species identification
  • Bagging litter and trash and emptying garbage cans
  • Cleaning and sweeping paths
  • Installing and repairing fence
  • Interacting with Park patrons in a professional manner

Requirements:

  • Background or course work in horticulture, sports field maintenance, or turf care.
  • Highly motivated, adventurous, and responsible
  • Ability to perform heavy, physical labor on a daily basis in all weather conditions
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a group
  • Ability to interact extensively with the public and cross-functionally with CPC staff

Schedule:

Monday – Friday
7:00 am – 3:30 pm

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Horticulture Intern: Volunteer Field Programs – 2 positions available

Our Volunteer Coordinators work with horticulture volunteers on various projects around the Park. The internship experience will provide an in-depth introduction to various aspects of horticultural focused volunteer work in a public space. Interns will work directly with members of the Volunteer Department team performing general park maintenance and horticulture projects with groups and individual Central Park volunteers.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist in leading/motivating small & large Volunteer Program events
  • Weeding and invasive species removal
  • Documenting Volunteer Hours for Volunteer Dept.
  • Assisting with set up and break down group projects
  • Assist in running the days’ volunteer event
  • Helping to identify project locations
  • Ensuring volunteers are working safely & within outlined best practices
  • Understanding that you might work with oil-based paint in addition to horticulture-based work.
  • Interacting with Park patrons in a professional manner

Requirements:

  • Background or course work in horticulture, botany, ecology, environmental studies, landscape architecture or a related field
  • Knowledge of plant material
  • Highly motivated, adventurous, and responsible
  • Ability to perform heavy, physical labor on a daily basis in all weather conditions
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a group
  • Ability to interact extensively with the public and cross-functionally with CPC staff

Schedule: 

Tuesday – Saturday
7:00 am – 3:30 pm 

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Information Technology Intern – 1 position available

The Central Park Conservancy has a 9 person Information Technology team that support all 350 staff members across the park and its 13 offices. The Information Technology Intern will have general computer and networking skills and be interested in working in a technology department assisting support and network staff with projects. The candidate with get exposure to all aspects of a technology department and how it supports an organization with a variety of technology needs and equipment. Projects will be determined based on skill set.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in imaging and rolling out new desktop
  • Assisting in diagnosing technology issues (both desktop and network)
  • Testing changes and new solutions
  • Assistance in setting up Audio/Visual needs for meetings
  • Setting up and troubleshooting mobile devices for connectivity and app issues
  • Documenting settings, problems and solutions to issues

Requirements:

  • Interest in, and enjoyment of, using technology to solve problems
  • Ability to follow directions and report back result
  • Ability to communicate results from projects verbally and in written form clearly and concisely
  • Ability to do light lifting (for instance, a small box of laptop) of approximately 15lbs
  • Desired skills include:
  • Windows 10 install and maintenance
  • networking basics (DNS, DHCP, etc.)
  • Microsoft Office feature set knowledge
  • mobile device setup and maintenance
  • basic troubleshooting skills.
  • Other skills considered will be knowledge of Salesforce.com, Smartsheets, Adobe CS, Wireless Access Points, firewall and VPN configurations, and cloud based services. 

Schedule:

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm 

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Content Intern – 2 positions available

The Central Park Conservancy is looking for Content Interns to assist the Marketing and Communications department. This position will support teams in various areas of the department, including press, social media, video, and the website. Primary responsibilities include researching and writing content for internal and external audiences, assisting with video production, press and social media monitoring, and helping to manage the Conservancy’s website and internal databases.  

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Researching and writing content about Central Park and the Conservancy for video publication, social media, and other platforms accessed by both internal and external audiences
  • Maintaining and fact-checking existing content
  • Preparing scheduled social media posts; monitoring all social accounts; captioning posts
  • Monitoring press mentions, preparing press clips, and maintaining media lists
  • Researching/fact-checking, ideating and developing videos that promote the Conservancy
  • Assisting Director of Video with shoots throughout Central Park and transcribing interviews
  • Assisting with internal communications
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Requirements:

  • Related prior work experience or internship
  • Dependable, organized, and detail-oriented
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to interact with the public and cross-functionally within the Conservancy
  • Prior experience with video and audio production and editing software especially Premiere Pro is a plus
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to be flexible with work schedule and tasks
  • Familiarity with Central Park a plus, but not required 

Schedule

Ability to work a minimum of 40 hours per week, occasional evening and weekends

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Operations Data & Asset Management Intern – 4 positions available

The Central Park Conservancy uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to help manage park features and work records in its stewardship of Central Park. The Conservancy’s Operations Data Staff support the care and oversight of Central Park’s 20,000 trees, 9,000 benches, 2,500 light poles and 843 acres. The Operations Data & Asset Management intern works with the GIS Project Manager and Operations Data Coordinator to assist with parkwide GIS and Operations data projects. These projects often include working collaboratively with Central Park Conservancy’s Natural Areas, Tree Care, and Technical Services crews.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with field data collection and verification using ESRI mobile apps and Trimble GPS mobile unit
  • Map creation using Portal for ArcGIS
  • Evaluating, extracting, scrubbing, converting and analyzing spatial and non-spatial data for use in specific projects or general base mapping across many projects
  •  Data organization, spatial thinking, and visual design of information

Requirements:

  • Education and/or experience with the ESRI ArcGIS suite, Trimble GPS mobile units, or similar programs and tools
  • Interest in GIS, Urban Park Management, Natural Resource Management, or Park Operations
  • Ability to work safely and effectively both independently and as part of a team
  • Valid driver's license

Schedule

Monday – Friday
7:00 am – 3:30 pm

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Development Intern – 1 position available

The Central Park Conservancy raises Central Park’s over $85 million annual operating budget. The Development Intern works with the Director of Individual Giving, Director of Corporate Development, Director of Membership, Director of Institutional and Planned Giving as well as the Director of Development Information Systems to assist with various fundraising projects (both unrestricted and capital). Projects often include researching and cultivating supporters, learning to use and manage the organization’s donor database, tracking and evaluating fundraising efforts, and assisting at donor stewardship and cultivation events.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Enter major giving proposals in Raiser’s Edge for fall solicitations.
  • Assist with planning and follow up for major donor and perimeter stewardship events.
  • Assist with gift pyramids (researching, data entry) for various capital campaign projects.
  • Work with Graphics department to update the major giving membership brochures.
  • Assist with assembling premium/gift packages for new members.
  • Collect demographic information on current donors.
  • Conduct donor/prospect research using LexisNexis, Relationship Science, Research Point, and other resources.
  • Assist in updating Raiser’s Edge records to reflect most up to date corporate information including HQ addresses and more
  • Provide onsite Day in the Dirt support assisting in greeting, project support and any corporate special requests.
  • Help to identify relevant corporate grants and begin drafts of the applications.
  • Other development related tasks as needed.

Requirements:

  • Desire to pursue a career in philanthropy, non-profits, or cultural management, with an interest in learning how to become an impactful development professional.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, time management skills and the ability to prioritize.
  • Proficient in Excel, Word, PowerPoint  
  • Strong people skills.
  • Customer Service experience a plus. 

Schedule

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Human Resources Intern – 1 position available

We are looking for an HR intern to perform various administrative tasks and support our HR department’s daily activities.  This internship is designed to be both educational and practical. In this position, the intern will learn how to take skills she or he may have acquired in school related to his or her particular areas of interest, and apply them in a professional setting. He or she will gain a better understanding of the role that Human Resources can play in a non-profit setting, and be better prepared to work in the arena of human resources and the nonprofit sector.  If you are interested in kick-starting your career in HR and getting a closer look of how the backend of our organization works, then this is the job for you.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • This position will have a heavy focus on data entry and scanning documents
  • Assists with general administrative projects
  • Assists with department phone calls and walk-ins
  • Assists with the distribution of e-faxes and incoming department mail on a daily basis
  • Assists with data integrity projects in the HRIS

Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program with an interest and aptitude to work in Human Resources, or management/administrative fields
  • Detailed oriented
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and handle numerous assignments simultaneously
  • Ability to share knowledge and work in a strong team oriented environment
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and internet applications
  • Personable, able to work closely with other staff members, interact pleasantly and professionally with a variety of people

Schedule:

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Public Programs Intern – 1 position available

The Public Programs Department at the Central Park Conservancy offers a large variety of programs designed to deepen the community’s engagement with the Park through Tours, Discovery Walks, and many other diverse programs for all Park users. The intern will assist the Public Programs department in executing, facilitating, and evaluating various programs.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in execution and facilitation of adult and family tours
  • Providing logistical and tour management support and backing up and/or co-leading tours
  • Evaluating and assessing the value and effectiveness of tours and public programs
  • Supporting various summer events including the Harlem Meer Performance Festival and Chess and Checkers Simuls
  • Other duties as needed

Requirements:

  • Background or coursework in family or community programming, education, events, or outreach
  • Self-starter, enthusiastic about the outdoors
  • Willing to work throughout Central Park and report to different locations
  • Experience/comfortable working with children and the public, especially in outdoor settings
  • Adaptable and able to work independently and as part of a group
  • Ability to interact extensively with the public and cross-functionally with CPC staff
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Schedule:

Sunday – Thursday
9:15 am – 5:15 pm

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Planning, Design, and Construction Intern: Design and Construction Landscape Architect – 2 positions available

Interns working within the Planning, Design, and Construction department will assist studio landscape architects in either or both the design and construction phases of current projects. Candidate roles will be established at the time of selection depending on current workloads. Design related work will include opportunities for involvement with both field and office tasks necessary to support current projects in design.  Construction related work will primarily be focused on field work throughout the Park to support projects currently in construction.  

 Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Site reconnaissance, inventory and analyses
  • Preparation of project scopes of work
  • Preparation and development of schematic designs
  • Preparation of illustrative presentation graphics or documents
  • Preparation of contract documents
  • Preparation of cost estimates
  • Conduct materials research and coordinate material procurement
  • Directing and coordinating contractors in the field
  • Inspecting material deliveries and completed work for compliance with contract documents
  • Performing field measurements and calculations for contract payments
  • Maintaining daily and weekly reports
  • Photo-documentation of work by contractors
  • Reporting on project progress and activity completion
  • Coordinating all construction work with CPC operations staff
  • Additional assignments on projects in design, as needed

 Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in a landscape architecture program or a related field
  • Strong graphic and presentation skills
  • Some horticultural or plant identification knowledge
  • Familiarity with site construction means and methods is a plus
  • Good verbal and written communication skills. Position will require interactions with Conservancy staff, project contractors and the public
  • Strong organizational skills as it relates to documentation and reporting
  • Proficiency in MS Office programs and working knowledge of Adobe Suites and AutoCAD. Knowledge of Rhino 3D is a plus.
  • Able to work effectively in both independent and team environments
  • Able to work in a variety of weather conditions

Schedule:

Monday – Friday
7:30 am - 3:30 pm (for interns selected to work solely on construction projects)
9:00 am - 5:00 pm (for interns selected to work on design projects)

Learn more about our work at https://restoration.centralparknyc.org/

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Planning, Design, and Construction Intern: Planning – 1 position available

This planning intern will assist the department’s planning and design staff and the Historian with research, analysis, photography, and preparation of reports, proposals, and presentations related to project and parkwide planning as well as park history and interpretation.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Site reconnaissance, inventory and analyses, including photo-documentation, field notes, and other tasks
  • Community outreach and engagement on park projects
  • Historic research
  • Project photography
  • Organizing project photography and archival material
  • Conducting user surveys; analyzing use patterns and operational issues
  • Researching relevant issues and precedents
  • Additional assignments on projects as required

Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in an academic program in urban planning or a related field.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in MS Office programs (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) is essential. Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suites (Photoshop, Illustrator, and/or InDesign) is a plus.
  • Proficiency in photography is a plus.
  • Able to work effectively in both independent or team environments.
  • Able to work in a variety of weather conditions.

Schedule: 

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Learn more about our work at https://restoration.centralparknyc.org/

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Volunteer Services Intern – 1 position available

The Central Park Conservancy Volunteer Department works with thousands of volunteers on a yearly basis. Our volunteers help us year-round with gardening, greeting visitors, tending to lawns and pathways, and so much more. This internship will consist of helping the Volunteer Department with administrative support and be involved in the Volunteer onboarding processes, including intake, training, and placement. The Intern will learn about the many volunteer opportunities offered by Central Park Conservancy and how we recruit, train, and manage our volunteers.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Learning our volunteer database and helping to input volunteer information during the interview and training process
  • Helping to collect materials and prepare folders for Volunteer Open House orientations and training sessions.
  • Organize the uniforms for all graduating volunteers and provide any current volunteer with uniform pieces they may need
  • On occasion, attend and assist with some of our weekday volunteer programs
  • Log volunteer hours into our database system
  • Assist the Managers with volunteer development opportunities
  • Help to manage the Volunteer email address to answer basic questions about the programs that we offer and direct people to our website where they can sign up to volunteer

Requirements:

  • Self-starter, enthusiastic about working with volunteers of all ages
  • Adaptable and able to work independently and as part of a group
  • Ability to interact extensively with the public and cross-functionally with CPC staff
  • Proficiency in MS Office

Schedule: 

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Institute for Urban Parks Intern – 1 position available

The Institute for Urban Parks Intern, working with the Executive Director and Director of Program Administration, will assist with special projects and strategic initiatives that support the execution of the Central Park Conservancy’s recently completed seven-year strategic plan. This is an excellent opportunity for those who are interested in nonprofit management, strategic planning, and organizational change management, as well as urban parks and planning for their care. This entrepreneurial internship will include opportunities to work on developing detailed workplans, team building and engagement activities, knowledge capture, and information management. The intern will learn about project planning, workflow processes, and meeting facilitation, and will help support the completion of individual workplans and benchmarks for each department.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing facilitation plans for individual department meetings that support the creation of detailed workplans for each work area of the Conservancy’s strategic plan
  • Performing secondary research in both peer-reviewed publications and gray literature on topics relevant to strategic plan objectives to support individual departments in the creation of benchmarks. (Benchmarks will be used to measure progress and facilitate changes in strategic plan objectives, if needed.)
  • Developing a synthesis literature review of findings from primary research, identifying broad themes in existing research, and creating connections for Conservancy staff to utilize findings
  • Conducting interviews with Conservancy staff to help identify interests, needs, and aspirations as they relate to developing workplans and benchmarks as a part of the Conservancy’s seven-year strategic plan

Requirements:

  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Clear verbal and written communication skills, with an ability to present information and data in a concise manner
  • Proficiency in MS Office programs
  • Action-oriented self-starter
  • Resourcefulness and an orientation toward creative problem-solving
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a group
  • Demonstrated interest in and/or understanding of non-profit operations, urban park management, strategic planning, and/or organizational change management

Schedule: 

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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