The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation is transforming what was once the world’s largest landfill into a sweeping 2,200-acre park in one of the most ambitious public works projects in the history of New York City. The Freshkills Park team oversees capital construction as well as public art, science and research on reclaimed land, education and recreational programming at the park.

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Climate Change Research Intern

The Climate Change Research Internship offers a unique research opportunity to actively assist with the direction of park projects. The Climate Change Research Intern will aid the park development team in determining new and viable research based projects and in aligning our current projects with science-based climate change agendas.

The Climate Change Research Intern will be responsible for researching opportunities for Freshkills Park to participate in and be informed by current local, regional, and global climate change projects. Working with staff, the intern will develop a roadmap for future climate change research program development, explore funding opportunities to support our work in contributing to these missions, and incorporate the research into the Park’s outreach and education initiatives. This may be in the form of blog post contributions and/or supplemental information for school trips, among others.


  • Research climate change and sustainability initiatives in the NYC-metro area and beyond
  • Assess current Freshkills Park projects and determine their alignment with these initiatives
  • Write a report with suggestions for how the Freshkills Park development team can better align projects with climate change and sustainability initiatives, and make suggestions for new viable projects in line with these initiatives
  • Contribute to the Freshkills Park Blog with original content
  • Opportunities to attend team meetings, inter-agency meetings and planning sessions
  • General administrative work as needed

Preferred Skills/Qualifications:

  • Interest in climate change policy and urban resiliency initiatives
  • Knowledge of and interest in topics in natural sciences, environmental science, sustainability, waste & recycling, climate change, environmental policy
  • Familiarity with research strategies and report writing
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills and attention to detail
  • Graduate students preferred but qualified undergraduates are encouraged to apply

Expected Duration: three month term, dates flexible | Hours: 14 hours per week (schedule by arrangement) | Office Location: Lower Manhattan | Salary: Unpaid; school credit depending on school requirement | Please send cover letter and resume to freshkillspark@parks.nyc.gov.

Public Art Intern

The Public Art Internship is an opportunity to support foundational elements of the growing art program in order to integrate artists in park development over the next 25 years. The Public Art Intern will have a hands-on role in planning and implementation: organizing a working group, programming a new gallery space, assisting with production, and collaborating with partners. The part-time internship also offers an opportunity to understand the inner workings of Park programming and resource development to support exciting new initiatives in public art at this unique site.

In addition, the Public Art Intern will gain skills in:

  • Art program development
  • Artist project management and production
  • Messaging strategy (visual and written content)
  • Prospect research
  • Grant writing


  • Support art program development with original research on practitioners and topics spanning urban studies, art, architecture, design and ecology
  • Research and assemble materials on visual artists, dancers, writers, scholars, musicians, architects, curators, collectives, institutes, residency programs, advocates and educators
  • Attend site visits for art project and program development
  • Attend team meetings, arts working group meetings, interagency meetings and planning sessions
  • Pitch and develop stories for blog and social media posts
  • Assist with grants database maintenance, package projects for grant proposals, prospect research to identify new opportunities

Preferred Skills/Qualifications:

  • Interest in and knowledge of contemporary art, environmental art and social practice
  • Strong writing and communication skills; editorial experience
  • Diligent research capability and detail-oriented
  • Graphic design skills, proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite preferred
  • Knowledgeable and active on social media platforms
  • Familiarity and ease with A/V (particularly photography and film) and digital media preferred
  • Ability to work independently and execute delegated tasks as well as communicate progress in a collaborative team environment
  • Graduate students preferred but qualified undergraduates are welcome to apply.

Expected Duration: three month term, dates flexible | Hours: 14 hours per week (schedule by arrangement) | Office Location: Lower Manhattan | Salary: Unpaid; school credit depending on school requirement | Please send cover letter and resume to freshkillspark@parks.nyc.gov


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