Internship Program

THANK YOU TO OUR INTERNS

2015

LISA HORWITZ, Office Intern
JORGE BURGOS, Greenhouse Intern
JOSH BROSNAN, Greenhouse Intern
KEVIN OLSON, Greenhouse Intern
MAISHAH SALAM, Greenhouse Intern

2014
ILVANIA MENDOZA, New York Institute of Technology, Graphic Design
LISA HORWITZ, Office Intern
KARL NICOLEAU, Greenhouse Intern
GABRIELA KROL, Greenhouse Intern
JASMINE HOLDER, Greenhouse Intern
AUGUST BRENNAN, Greenhouse Intern

2013
ILVANIA MENDOZIA, New York Institute of Technology, Graphic Design
LISETTE TIBURCIO, SUNY Morrisville, Greenhouse maintenance
ANGELA CHANG, Greenhouse maintenance
EUGENE STUMPF, VP at Equator, LLC, Greenhouse maintenance
SAVANNA PUCKETT, Kold College, Denmark, Greenhouse maintenance
ELINA LUMBROSO, Science-Po, Lyon, Greenhouse maintenance
CAMILLE DAVIS, McGill, Greenhouse maintenance
LIS DEL CARMEN, Graduated, Greenhouse maintenance
ROSS YOUMANS Graduated, Greenhouse maintenance
ROGER LIAO, New York Institute of Technology, PR
VICTORIA LASISI,New York Institute of Technology, Graphic Design

2012
JESSICA JARDINEL New York Institute of Technology, Graphic Design
CHRIS BEATTY The New School/Parsons, Graphic Design & Greenhouse maintenance
ROSIE EATWELL-WHITE University of London, Greenhouse maintenance
BEN LEER Graduated, Greenhouse maintenance
TALIA CALNEK-SUGIN Williams College, Greenhouse maintenance
MATT FULTON UC Berkeley, Greenhouse maintenance
JACOB KIM Graduated, Teaching Assistant
BARRIE COHEN Graduated, Greenhouse maintenance
UMME HONEY Bronx Lab High School, Teaching Assistant
DANA BOURNE Columbia University, Teaching Assistant
DANA FOLIGNO Graduated,Teaching Assistant
DEVIN MALBREAUX Bronx Lab High School, Teaching Assistant

We could not do what we do within our budget without the tireless efforts of our volunteers

 

Please scroll down for a list of several opportunities:

NY Sun Works is incredibly fortunate to have passionate and engaging interns working with us on all aspects of our programming. Some assist with maintaining our science laboratories and supporting our partner school teachers, while others work behind the scenes, helping with graphic design for our curriculum and event materials

NY Sun Works is offering a new Apprenticeship program: This is a great opportunity to learn from and with our Greenhouse Systems Manager on how to design, build and maintain a variety of hydroponic and aquaponic systems in a diverse array of school environments. Apprentices will accompany the Greenhouse Systems Manager on classroom laboratory builds, participate in teacher trainings and assist in maintaining accurate systems measurements and records in our partner schools.

The Apprenticeship is a 3 month long commitment of 20 hours per week. Travel reimbursement and a small bi-weekly stipend will be provided.

FALL/WINTER POSITION FILLED, SO PLEASE NOTE THAT FIRST AVAILABLE APPRENTICESHIP WOULD BE SPRING 2016

Apprentices will:

- gain intimate knowledge of several different hydroponic and aquaponics systems, how they are designed, how to build and maintain them, and how to achieve successful growing operations in them.

- develop skills in project management, working on several build-outs and maintenance protocols simultaneously.

- develop an understanding of composting systems and pest management solutions.

Qualifications:

- This apprenticeship is open to the right candidate who is eager to learn by doing. A background in biology, horticulture, engineering, or sustainability education is preferred.

- High School Diploma or higher.

- Clean background check.

- A willingness to commit 20 hours per week, willingness to travel to the 5 boroughs and parts of NJ, willingness to lift 50 lbs, and a general affinity for manual labor and hot/cold conditions.

- Basic construction skills preferred.

Upon completion of this Apprenticeship program, candidates will receive a letter of recommendation certifying their skill ability with hydroponics. Apprentices who complete the program successfully will also be given preferential consideration for future employment opportunities with NY Sun Works.

To apply:

Address as many prompts as you would like from the list below. The framework of your response can be any medium that you feel best portrays who you are.

Submissions may be formatted as essays or letters, or as links to a video, blog entry, or photo essay (please do not email video attachments). Submissions are not restrained to only these formats. Be as creative as you wish!

(1) What about NY Sun Works and our mission speaks to you? How do you see yourself contributing to NYSW and what do you hope to take away from an apprenticeship experience?

(2) If you had the ability to develop your own agricultural space, what kind would you create and why? Have you ever designed or built your own growing structure?

(3) What is sustainability education and why is it important? What do you feel was missing from your own early education?

(4) If you had unlimited resources and two completely open, free days, how and where would you spend them?

(5) What is your favorite plant?

Please send your response along with a cover letter outlining your interest in the Apprenticeship and your resume to Matt Weissberg, Greenhouse Systems Manager, at matt@nysunworks.org. You are welcome to also include a link to your personal blog, website, and/or Tumblr.

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Come and learn with us! Volunteer and Internship Opportunities:

NY Sun Works is offering internships and volunteer opportunities in the following areas:

Graphic Design Internship, Fall 2015

We are looking for an intern to support office staff in creating Greenhouse Project materials. The intern will help with developing/updating outreach materials, programs, signage and other materials associated with The Greenhouse Project Program, with the possibility of designing layouts for new curriculum, depending on interest and ability.

Candidates must have and be experienced with Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and photoshop and have their own laptop, plus an interest in urban agriculture, urban sustainability issues and education, and must be NYC based. Interns must be able to commit a minimum of 10 hours per week for 3 months, though we are very flexible about how those hours are distributed. Internships are unpaid at this time, however, many students can earn academic credit for their time at NY Sun Works, or can receive
one Unlimited Monthly MetroCard for each month of their internship. We will prioritize candidates who are eligible for work-study through an institution.

Start date: ASAP. Submit resume and cover letter detailing your experience and interest as well as a portfolio of work to Nathaniel@nysunworks.org. Please indicate which internship you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

Office Internship, Fall 2015

NY Sun Works seeks a fall office intern to assist with a variety of responsibilities related to office administration, with the potential for out of office site related activities. This internship requires 2 days/ 10 hours minimum time commitment per week. Internships are unpaid at this time, however, many students can earn academic credit for their time at NY Sun Works, or can receive one Unlimited Monthly MetroCard for each month of their internship. We will prioritize candidates who are eligible for work-study through an institution. Strong applicants will have the following qualities:

- Demonstrably exceptional communication, writing, and proofreading skills, especially technical writing.

- Highly organized, with a passion for streamlining the efficiency of processes and systems across multiple platforms.

- Prior knowledge and ability with Google Apps, Microsoft Office, Box, and Adobe

CS apps preferred.

- A passion for science and sustainability education.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter detailing your experience, qualifications, and motivation for applying for this opportunity to Nathaniel@nysunworks.org. Please indicate which internship you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

Greenhouse/lab volunteers (Fall/Winter 2015 and Winter/Spring 2016)

NY Sun Works is incredibly fortunate to have passionate and engaging volunteers working with us on all aspects of our programming Greenhouse Lab volunteers assist with maintaining our science laboratories and supporting our partner school teachers.

We could not do what we do within our budget without the tireless efforts of our volunteers.

Volunteer positions are open to current college students and recent graduates. Our fall session will require a minimum of 10 hours per week spread out over no less than three sessions per week. Volunteerships are unpaid at this time, however, many students can earn academic credit for their time at NY Sun Works, or can receive one Unlimited Monthly MetroCard for each month of their internship.
The right candidates must: show an interest in urban agriculture, have basic construction skills, and be NYC-based.

Our school-year volunteer responsibilities include:

 – basic hydroponic systems operation (pH + EC monitoring, plant pest management on NFT, Dutch bucket, and vertically-integrated hydro systems)

 – basic aquaponics operation (water quality tracking, system cleaning, fish health assessment and feeding)

 – growing space upkeep (sweeping, cleaning and sterilizing equipment, picking up spills and water leak puddles)

 – teacher assistance (working with young students to help seed, harvest, and perform their greenhouse tasks — help support the teacher in whichever way is needed)

The school-year volunteers are primarily responsible for assisting our project partner teachers in maintaining their growing spaces. Volunteers work anywhere from 5-15 hours a week, depending on their availability.

All Greenhouse volunteers will receive lab training.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter detailing your experience, qualifications, and motivation for applying for this opportunity to matt@nysunworks.org.

Please indicate which opportunity you are applying for in the subject line of your email.