Environmentor: Science Research Internship

Environmentor is an intensive science research mentoring program for high school students focused on research along Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway shoreline.

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Applications for the next cycle of the Environmentor Program are now closed.  

All students applying to the 2018/19 cycle must have completed at least two cohorts (100 hours) of the Shore Corps Program as a prerequisite. For those applying in January 2018, this pre-requisite will be fulfilled as you work with Shore Corps until March. 

The Environmentor Program, is a science research mentoring program that provides high school sophomores and juniors paid internships to participate in an intensive, year-long environmental science program, to conduct authentic research under the mentorship of field scientists from CUNY, Brooklyn College, York College, Hofstra University, Baruch College and the Jamaica Bay Science & Resilience Institute. Students receive stipended pay for participation in the program. 

-Students must be a Sophomore or Junior in High School.
-Students must live or go to school in the Rockaway Peninsula.

- Students must attend the RWA science research classes 1 day/week afterschool at the RISE Center starting in April 2018.

- Students must participate in a 6 week summer intensive working with a mentor/research fellow scientist from a university/college listed above on a research science project on Jamaica Bay - 3 days/week from July 10th to August 16th, 2018. See past research projects below.

- Students receive stipended pay over the course of the program for their research work.

-Students are required to participate in one RWA community service weekend event/month. Students receive 50 community service hours for completing the program. 

The Environmentor Program is part of the Pinkerton Science Scholars Program and the NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium (SRMC) led by the American Museum of Natural History. SRMC leverages it's connections to increase student recruitment, share experiences and expertise, and identify specific opportunities, challenges, and strategies for effectively supporting students in developing science research skills and competencies and is intended to propel students on the pathway to higher education and careers in science. For more information about the SRMC program go to: http://www.studentresearchnyc.org/

For inquiries, contact Program Coordinator Juli Schroeger at: programs@rwalliance.org or 718 327-5919

Special thanks to the Pinkerton Foundation, the Simons Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the People's United Community Foundation for sponsoring the Environmentor Program. 

For more information on the impacts of Environmentor watch our new video.


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