Mill River Stewards
The application window is now closed for summer 2018.
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In December 2010, Mill River Park Collaborative launched the Mill River Stewards, our high school internship program. The program is now in it's sixth year with a cohort of both new and returning Stewards.
The program offers interns the opportunity to use Mill River Park as a living classroom to increase environmental literacy and access to experiential learning opportunities. Stewards participate in hands-on landcare activities in the Park (e.g. developing a native plant nursery; establishing coir fiber rolls to reduce soil erosion), serve as outreach ambassadors in the community, and generally learn how to successfully manage a park. They are also introduced to the wide range of environmental careers and resources available in Connecticut.
Research shows that the combination of classroom learning and paid field-based internships motivate young people to pursue higher education and — regardless of socio-economic background — increase their awareness of career opportunities. Working in the “real world” also provides job-readiness training and improves their ability to interact with co-workers.
Environmental Education Internship for College Students:
This paid internship position at the Mill River Park Collaborative is for a college student majoring in Environmental Sciences, Natural Resource Conservation, Sustainability or another similar major. The main role of the intern is to assist the MRPC Programs Coordinator in the day-to-day operation of the Mill River Stewards Program. The Stewards Program is a summer-long program for Stamford high school students to learn about urban park stewardship, environmentalism, and careers in conservation.