Internships

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.

SummerStage, Citywide Internship

Undergraduate & Graduate Studetns
June 1 – August 31, 2018 (flexible)

The SummerStage Citywide festival is a 11 week free performing arts festival taking place in 16 different parks throughout New York City’s five boroughs.  We are seeking an organized, adaptable individual to work directly with the General Manager of the Citywide festival on a variety of tasks related to all aspects of the production and management of the festival. This internship is a great experience for undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates learn about and gain experience in both live event management and non-profit management.

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Arts and Cultural Programs Operations Internship

Undergraduate & Graduate Studetns
June 1 – August 31, 2018 (flexible)

The Department of Arts & Cultural Programs is responsible for programming SummerStage, SummerStage Kids, Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, and CityParks PuppetMobile. We offer meaningful internship experiences providing assistance in our office to prepare for the upcoming season of NYC’s marquee outdoor music festival. Interns will gain hands-on experience in diverse areas while helping the full-time staff execute a variety of initiatives. This position encompasses Finance, Administration, and Human Resources functionalities. This internship is a great experience for undergraduate/graduate students interested in the general working of an arts nonprofit organization.

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Photography Internship

College Freshmen – Seniors
May – August 2018

Photography interns are part of City Parks Foundation’s professional photography crew, but primarily work independently. Interns will have the opportunity to photograph a wide range of programs produced by City Parks Foundation including: SummerStage; CityParks Play programs including Tennis, Golf, Track, Soccer, Get Up & Go, and Seniors Fitness; and CityParks Learn programs including Coastal Classroom and Green Girls. 

Interns must be willing to travel independently to events and work a flexible schedule including mornings, evenings, and weekends (approximately 20-25 hours/week). The required scope of work will be sent to candidates selected for interviews.

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Application Deadline of May 16, 2018

Technical Assistance Intern, Partnerships for Parks

Undergraduate & Graduate Students
March – June 2018

The Technical Assistance Intern will be part of Partnerships for Parks’ (PfP) Technical Assistance (TA) team. The Technical Assistance program builds the capacity of parks stewards, PfP staff, and organizational and NYC Parks partners citywide. We act as expert consultants to help individuals and community park groups sustain their efforts to improve parks and communities. We do this by offering training, workshops, coaching, grants, publication and website design services, and community visioning assistance through the development, testing, and sharing of best practices to support public involvement in parks and green space.

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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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Marketing and Partnerships Internship

College Freshmen – Seniors
May – August 2018

City Parks Foundation offers meaningful, unpaid college internship experiences in the Marketing & Partnerships Department, which manages all marketing, publicity, social media, community outreach and media partnership initiatives for the entire organization. Interns gain hands-on experience while assisting full-time staff executing a wide range of initiatives for our arts, sports, community development and education programs.

Interns must be available to work 3 days/week in the office and on-site at events approx. 3 evenings/week possibly including one weekend day for 10-12 weeks between late May and late-August. Start and end dates flexible.

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Application Deadline of March 17, 2018

 

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 lgonzalez@cityparksfoundation.org.

LEARNING GARDENS HIGH SCHOOL TRAINING PROGRAM

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 mhara@cityparksfoundation.org.
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 sports@cityparksfoundation.org. 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.