Mill River Stewards
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.
Student Conservation Association (SCA) and BuildOn
Since 2007, we have partnered with the Student Conservation Association. Each summer, groups of local students form work crews and provide stewardship support in the Park. In 2011, we also served as a summer internship site for students from BuildOn, a youth-empowerment organization focused on community service and literacy.
Thank you to all of our 2017 applicants for the College Internship position. We received a huge number of amazing resumes and applications, and have selected our intern for this upcoming season!