Qualifications and Compensation
- Enrolled in high school
- 16 years old by May 1, 2025
- New York City resident eligible to work in the United States
- Strong interest in science research and the urban environment
- Ability and motivation to work independently
- Available and committed to participating in all three phases of the program
- Approximately $3,500, paid across the length of the program
- Credit for one college course
- Career and college advice and training
- Access to Wave Hill alumni network
This program is broken up into 3 unique phases. Each phase grows the interns’ abilities as ecologists and researchers.
Phase I: First Summer
July to August
Phase II: Academic Year
September to June
Phase III: Second Summer
July to August
Interns will be enrolled in three separate college courses taught at Wave Hill during the Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship program. The first two courses, Restoration of New York City’s Natural Areas and Mapping New York City’s Urban Environment—An Introduction to GIS, are taught during Phase 1 of the program and complement fieldwork activities being done at the same time. The third course, Research Methods, is taught during Phase 3 and complements the independent, mentored research projects that interns will be working on.
Ideal candidates for the WERM program have a strong interest in scientific research and the urban environment, and are looking to apply their academic enthusiasm and knowledge of the sciences to independent, hands-on fieldwork and research. Participants must be available for all 14 months of the WERM program to apply.
An important goal of the WERM program is addressing the barriers that prevent equal opportunity and support for careers in science and environmental work. We understand science is improved by a diversity of perspectives working together to understand our world. We encourage all NYC youth who are interested in urban ecology and committed to supporting their peers' learning to apply.
We particularly encourage applicants who identify as Black, Latinx, Indigenous and/or come from under-resourced schools and communities to apply.
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Wave Hill is grateful for the opportunity to work with our collaborating partners, the American Museum of Natural History, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Cornell University, College of Mount St. Vincent, New York Botanical Garden, Gotham Coyote Project, NYC Natural Areas Conservancy, NYC Parks Natural Resources Group, NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium and the USDA Forest Service New York City Urban Field Station.