City Parks Foundation offers internship and apprenticeship opportunities each year for high school and college students. These opportunities connect students to tangible work and life skills as they work alongside our staff to teach younger students in our gardens, lead marine ecology lessons, support SummerStage programming, and provide logistical support to our team. Our staff works with all students throughout their experience to support and encourage their self-confidence and identify the next steps on their paths to a successful future.

Seeds to Trees College Intern, Part-Time

Freshman, Sophomores & Juniors
March – June 2018

City Parks Foundation seeks a College Intern to work during the school year with Seeds to Trees. Seeds to Trees Mission is to educate elementary and middle school students about urban ecology, forest ecology, marine ecology, parks stewardship and conservation using parks as an outdoor classroom. This program blends hands-on classroom sessions and outdoor field experiences in parks or gardens, and offers professional development for partner teachers.

The College Intern will assist Seeds to trees staff to implement a program from February-June that starts in the classroom and ends with field experiences. The Seeds to Trees College Intern reports to the Associate Director of Environmental Education.

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Coastal Classroom High School Internship

High School Juniors & Seniors
June – August 2018

CityParks Learn Coastal Classroom program invites middle school kids to become actively involved in our marine ecosystem with hands-on learning in parks along the New York City waterfront. Participants learn about everything from water ecology to quality, urban waterfront restoration to preservation, sparking excitement and passion for conserving our coasts and waterways.

City Parks Foundation has developed a paid high school internship program for talented students in 11th or 12th grade to support Coastal Classroom during the summer months. The internship gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on teaching experience and explore the education sector while helping to support the next generation of environmental stewards.

For more information and to submit an application, contact Luis Gonzalez at


High School Freshmen – Juniors
February – June 2018

The Learning Gardens Training Program engages high school students in five months of garden based learning, exploring topics including urban gardening, growing food and biodiversity. For more information on Learning Gardens High School training program or to become a school partner, contact
The application period is currently closed.

CityParks Play Apprenticeship

High School Sophomores & Juniors
February – June 2018

CityParks High School Apprenticeship Program gives students the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field of Recreational Sports Management. For more information contact The application period is currently closed.

Generous private support is provided by The Thompson Family Foundation, The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation, and  Levitt Foundation. Public support is provided by New York City Council. In partnership with NYC Parks.