Environmentor: Science Research Internship

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

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THE ENVIRONMENTOR APPLICATION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. Check back again in January to apply for the 2020 season. 

Environmentor provides high school freshman, sophomores and juniors with paid internships in the spring and summer to conduct authentic environmental research under the mentorship of scientists from local universities and research institutions.


  • Students must be a Freshman, Sophomore or Junior in High School.
  • Students must live or go to school in the Rockaway Peninsula (or adjacent city neighborhoods)
  • Students who have participated in the RWA Shore Corps Program as a prerequisite are given priority. 


  • Students attend afterschool programming once a week at the RISE Center from February - June.
  • Students commit to 3 full days/week for 7 weeks, July through August to conduct a research project with a science mentor along Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway shoreline.
  • Students receive pay quarterly over the course of the program for their research work.
  • Students participate in regular RWA community service weekend events and will receive community service hours for the events they attend.

For more information, contact Program Coordinator, Mesha Joseph at: programs@rwalliance.org

Watch our new video to learn more about the impacts of Environmentor!


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. For more information about the SRMC program go to: http://www.studentresearchnyc.org/

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



Success Stories:

Meet Jadel

Jadel participated in her first RWA program as a 7th grader at PS43. Through high school she has been a valuable contributor to our ongoing efforts and today she continues to work with us while she attends Hunter College. Hear more about Jadel's story.