Summer Opportunities

Attention Juniors! Plan ahead for summer 2020!

Boston Sea Rovers Summer Internship

Description: Immediately following  High School graduation, the 2020 Intern will intern with members of the Boston Sea Rovers and associates located throughout the United States to experience a wide variety of jobs and career choices.  Based in part on the personal interests of the scholar, the Internship will provide advanced dive training courses and ample opportunities to dive and train with a variety of dive professionals in abroad cross section of diving environments. Opportunities will include hands-on work with professional underwater photographers and filmmakers, educational specialists, marine engineers and scientists, equipment manufacturer’s representatives, and dive shop owners.

Submission Deadline: Applications for 2020 due November 15th, 2019.

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Local Opportunities

Billion Oyster Project Scientific Diver Internship

PAID internship through the DOE Work Based Learning program

Dates: July 9th – August 17th

Submission Deadline: Resume and Cover Letter due by April 30th – Interviews will be held at MAST week of May 21st 

IMPORTANT: You must fill out an online application with the Industry Scholars Program (ISP) by MARCH 31st to be able to apply.

Requirements: Open to Rising Seniors only who are certified Scientific Divers or well on their way to completing their Scientific Diver Training

Brief Description: Divers will plan, execute, and write reports on reef monitoring and survey dives at oyster reefs primary at Bush Terminal Park, Head of Bay and Tappan Zee. Job will be based out of the MAST center on Governors Island.

For More Info:  2018_Job Description_ Billion Oyster Project Scientific Dive Intern

Help with INDOCK!

July 24th-July 29th. New York Harbor School will be looking for enthusiastic student volunteers to help introduce incoming freshmen to the wonderful world of being a Harbor student on Governors Island. Let your CTE teacher know if you’re interested.

Coastal Classroom Internship

Description: This internship is a great opportunity for a young adult looking to pursue studies and a career in the marine/environmental sciences and/or environmental education field. They are looking for dependable individuals who are able to commit to working outdoors in the summer and are willing to learn new skills in on-water and waterfront science hands-on activities as well as learning to co-teach lessons and mentor middle school students.

What does the summer internship involve?

● Interns will be placed at one of 2 locations: Hallet’s Cove in Long Island City or Kaiser Park in Coney Island

● Internships will begin in late June and last 5 – 7 weeks

● Interns will work a total of 20-32 hours per week

● Interns will earn a minimum hourly wage of $15/h for the summer internship.

For More Info: CC HS Summer Intern JD 2019 (1)

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater 

A replica of a 19th century Hudson River sailboat, the Clearwater acts as a floating environmental classroom that seeks to inspire lifelong fascination with and a strong sense of stewardship for the natural world. And their programs are FREE!

Click the links below for information about their Young People at the Helm and Youth Empowerment programs this summer:

Youth Empowerment Program for LGTBQ and Allies

Young Women at the Helm

Young Men at the Helm

Discovery Guide at the New York Aquarium

Volunteer Opportunity with the Wildlife Conservation Society – opportunities also available at the WCS’s other parks (including the Bronx Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Central Park Zoo, and Queens Zoo).

Description: Assist with educating aquarium visitors about exhibits, work with school and family groups, assist with the development and implementation of special events, and various other duties working with the public.

Dates: Summer 2019

Submission Deadline: May 1st, 2019

Requirements: 15 years old. There will be an interview and required orientation/training course.

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NYC Audubon Governors Island Summer Internship

Students who either reside in NYC or are enrolled in an NYC high school will act as liaisons with the public, interpreting NYC Audubon material, facilitating guest engagement and sharing the work we do on Governors Island.

New York City Audubon is a grass roots organization dedicated to the protection of wild birds and habitat in the five boroughs.  We are seeking interns for the months of July and August to assist with our Governors Island residency in one of the Nolan Park houses. Interns will not only gain experience in guest engagement and exhibit interpretation, but also have the opportunity to learn from the naturalists, scientists and artists who provide programming for our organization.   Opportunities for growth may be identified based on the interests of individual interns.


  • Greet guests on Governors Island, ensure guests are informed of NYC Audubon programming
  • Engage with visitors to NYC Audubon’s space, including guests participating in walks, crafting activities or story time nook
  • Facilitate understanding of materials and NYC Audubon programs
  • Maintain exhibits and program materials, general upkeep of the space


  • Currently enrolled in high school
  • Interest in the natural world and willingness to expand knowledge
  • Interest in interacting with the public and developing communication skills
  • Familiarity with Governors Island is a plus but not required

Time Commitment:

  • $13.00 per hour, minimum 20 hours/week but up to 35 hours/week, 7 hour work days, from July 1st until August 31st.  Shifts will typically be from 10:30am to 5:30pm, including paid lunch and other breaks
  • A combination of week days and weekend days will be necessary

How to Apply:

Please send application including two references to Danielle Sherman,  

Harbor Internship Program

Description: Work with the Governors Island Visitor Services Team to greet and educate visitors to the island, staff public events and exhibits, and assist with group volunteer projects.

Dates: July 2nd – September 2nd,  4 days/week

Submission Deadline: Apply by February 14th  

Requirements: 10th, 11th, or 12th grader

For More Info: Contact Kelley Bligh or apply at here

Internship with the Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project

The  Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project is currently seeking high school interns to learn and work in urban agriculture and food justice. During summer 2019, youth will gain hands-on farming experience growing vegetables and distributing them in our food pantry. HKFP interns are also given the tools to advocate for food justice through participation in workshops that address a variety of issues, including food access, social justice, and sustainable agriculture. The interns will visit other local farms to witness first hand the effect of urban farms in low-income communities.

Click here for more information

Summer Science Academy at St. Francis College

This is a FREE two-week (Monday-Friday) summer program in which science and math are integrated with field trips in a warm, friendly setting, taught by St. Francis College science professors. July 10th – July 21st

Click here for more information

Other Opportunities in NYC 

Earth Matter – Internship on Governors Island learning about and participating in composting, animal husbandry, farming, resource recovery, and conservation

NYC Parks – Lifeguard in NYC this summer! The parks department offers other seasonal work opportunities as well

Department of Youth & Community Development – Various Job and Internship Opportunities for New York City youth

              Jobs only at WCS – Click HERE to learn about some of the jobs offered by the                          aquarium and the zoo

Outside New York City

NEW: Youth Diving With a Purpose

FREE Maritime Archaeology training program in Biscayne National Park, Florida

Dates: July 21st – July 28th (some students opt to stay a few extra days to participate in a coral restoration program)

Submission Deadline: Apply by March 31st (fully refundable $200 registration fee).

Requirements: Ages 16-21, minimum or 20 logged dives, and excellent buoyancy skills

Brief Description: Students will learn the basics of underwater archeology while mapping a ship wreck in Florida. Successful completion of the course will earn the student an UW archeology dive certification.

For More Info: Applications are available in dive class. YDWP website

 NOTE: The Professional Diving program has had a relationship with YDWP since its inception 8 years ago. We have been sending Harbor divers every summer, but this year, spaces are extremely limited. Students are encouraged to put a lot of thought into their essays and get their application done early. Lenny and I are available to review and advise on applications prior to submission. 

NEW: The Island School – Summer Semester

Description: A 30-day intensive educational program in Eleuthera, The Bahamas. Through a rigorous course of study that includes field work in local ecosystems, explorations of local settlements and the socioeconomic impacts of development, and dynamic interaction with campus’ sustainable systems, Summer Term students grapple with how communities – on an island in The Bahamas and beyond – can live most sustainably.  – They also offer a sailing expedition program.

Dates:  June 30th – July 30th

Submission Deadline: Applications due February 15th. Financial Aid is available.

Requirements: Rising sophomore, junior or senior

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LEAF – The Nature Conservancy

Description: The LEAF program works to grow the next generation of conservation leaders by providing paid summer internships for students in nature across the nation each July. The program has had a tremendous impact on youth—opening their eyes to career possibilities, building self-confidence, work skills and conservation literacy.

Dates:  July 2 – July 27, 2018

Submission Deadline: Applications due January 30th.

Requirements: Must be 16 years old by internship start date

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Oceanography course at Stonybrook University 

Earn 3 college credits and get a feel for what college is all about! Tuition is $1,000 plus an optional $800 room and board, but scholarships for Harbor School students are available!

Dates: July 9th – July 22th

Submission Deadline: Enrollment begins April 2. Spots fill up quickly so don’t waste any time.

Requirements: 16 years old and have completed high school biology (Living Environment). Scholarship applicants must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Brief Description: Students will examine the World Ocean and the chemical, geological, and physical processes that control its major features and the life that inhabits it, as well as explore human interactions with the marine environment. This intensive course is specifically designed for motivated high school students wishing to earn college credit, but current undergraduates, graduates, or professionals can also enroll. The short-term course will run for 2 weeks and meet for 4-5 hours each weekday at the Stony Brook Southampton campus. Content will be delivered via lectures, in- class activities, and 2 boat trips in which students will explore nearby coastal habitats using oceanographic sampling equipment. Complete course syllabus

For More Info: Go here for more information and to enroll

Other Opportunities

There are scholarships available for most of these opportunities but are extremely competitive. We are always available to offer advice or assistance.

NABS (National Association of Black Scuba Divers) Youth Educational Summit– Marine science expedition to Roatan, Honduras – Our local NABS chapter usually sponsors one Harbor Student per summer. Let Zoë know if you are interested in this program.

Ocean Matters –  Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras: Coral Reef Restoration, Whale Sharks, and Scuba Certification program, July 27-August 3, 2019. Application due April 1st. Learn more HERE and apply HERE.

There are so many more opportunities out there. Be bold and follow your interests. If you have a suggestion for something that should be listed on this page, please contact Zoë.

Thank you and good luck!