A public garden & cultural center

Art, Community and Environmental Stewards Internship Program

Program Description  

Wave Hill’s Art, Community and Environmental Stewards (ACES) program offers a year-long paid internship that invites young people ages 15‒20 to explore the connections between community engagement and nature-informed arts education. Interns work together to imagine and share new possibilities for their relationships to community and environment through looking to nature as a teacher, making art and telling stories.

The internship runs from July 1 through June 30 of the following year, with the option to continue for a second year in a more senior role. Interns work Saturdays and/or Sundays, and for approximately 25‒30 hours/month.

Supporting the Family Art Project

ACES interns engage deeply with Wave Hill’s beloved Family Art Project, where they put into practice the skills they learn. Throughout the internship, youth learn techniques for engaging community members in nature-based artmaking and facilitating intergenerational learning. Interns work to foster connections to land and culture with Family Art Project participants, as they address their own histories, experiences and legacies as young people affecting social and environmental change in New York City.

Throughout their time in the program, ACES interns learn and practice important 21st-century skills, including communication, collaboration and critical thinking. In addition, interns learn practical professional skills needed to support community-based programs like the Family Art Project. As an example, interns are responsible for preparing materials, setting up and breaking down the project space, inventory management and small-project coordination.

Field Visits and Workshops

In addition to working with the Family Art Project, interns take field trips to museums, cultural institutions, green spaces and artist studios, engage with artists and cultural organizers, and plan and develop a collective project.

How to Apply

We are no longer accepting applications for this year. Please check back in the winter for the Summer 2020 application.