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
AIDEN GELBLUM Greenhouse Intern
MATT WEISSBERG Apprentice
SARAH DE FALCO Apprentice

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

Come and learn with us! Volunteer and Internship Opportunities:

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


Office Internship, Fall 2016

NY Sun Works is seeking candidates for a spring/summer internship based primarily at our office on the Upper West Side. Under the supervision of the Program and Development Associate and the Directors, the successful candidate for this approximately 15-20 hour per week hands-on internship will be responsible for assisting across multiple program areas including event coordination, development, communications, and program and office administration.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: – Supporting event planning for development and school related events as necessary. – Writing blog posts, website content, and contributing to the monthly e-newsletter: including generating content and managing subscribers – Project support: data gathering, entry and record keeping related to curriculum assessment. – General administrative support: filing, organizing and consolidating information, updating mailing lists, coordinating mailings, ordering and stocking general office supplies, ordering and picking up printed materials, etc. – Other project support as needed

Qualifications: – Passion for science and sustainability education—please learn about this organization’s mission and programs before applying. – Previous experience in event planning, office administration, and communications preferred with a track record of excellent organizational, written, and verbal communication skills. – Familiarity working in non-profit environments and willingness to be used where most needed. – Our ideal candidate is: Highly organized, detail-oriented, follows deadlines, juggles multiple tasks, takes initiative, and can manage own workload. – Excellent organizational, written, and verbal communication skills. – Proficiency using PC systems and Microsoft Office. – Experience in the following programs: eTapestry database and data reporting—or other donor and customer database experience a strong plus, Wordpress,Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign,) ideal but not required.

Greenhouse Project Maintenance Internship
Greenhouse/lab volunteers (Winter 2016/2017)

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.

Apprenticeship program (Winter 2016/2017)

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.

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.

WIIFY:

- NY Sun Works is an organization with a novel approach to science and sustainability education in NYC. You’ll gain experience learning the ins and outs of the operations of a nonprofit organization, and your contributions will help make programs, projects and events run smoothly during a time of tremendous growth. 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. All applicants should be willing to commit to the internship through the end of August 2016.

To apply, please submit resume and a cover letter detailing your experience, specific interest in the internship and organization, and your goals for learning through this internship experience to: jobs@nysunworks.org.