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Age 16-18
Cost Paid
Program type Summer
Meets June - August
Contact us Projecttrue@Wcs.Org
Deadline Feb. 17, 2017


From the school year to the summer, from toddlers to teens, our education programs offer fun and engaging experiences for everyone.


Are you interested in science?
Have you ever wondered how animals adapt to living with humans in cities?
Are you are looking for an exciting internship during the school year or during the summer?
Are you interested in going to college and majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math?
Do you want to work as part of a team to conduct research that will help NYC manage its parks and wildlife better?
If you answered 'yes' to these questions, then Project TRUE may be the program for you!

What is Project TRUE?
Project TRUE, Teens Researching Urban Ecology, is an internship program where NYC high-school students learn about the NYC ecosystem and conduct research as part of a collaborative team with Fordham University scientists and WCS professionals. Past research projects have focused on urban biodiversity including the ecology of urban birds, amphibians, pollinators, and plants, to name a few. Students learn about fundamental concepts in urban ecology, scientific design, ecological methods, mapping, digital media publishing, and scientific writing. Students also learn the importance of scientific research in policy making, and the develop the skills to effectively present their scientific findings to an audience.

What do Project TRUE interns do?
You will conduct a semester long research project in urban ecology (arthropods or birds) in and around the Prospect Park Zoo.
You will contribute to ongoing research that will connect people to conservation issues facing New York City.
You will learn how communities and lawmakers can work together to effect change and improve our urban environment.
You will learn the skills to effectively present your research findings to an audience.
You will create new connections with people that share your interests.

What will you receive?
30 hours of instruction and interaction over the course of the program for a Fordham University graduate student studying biology and WCS Ed. staff.
Guest lectures from respected experts in the field of urban ecology.
School internship credit (if applicable).
Additional program day(s) if a multi-day internship is required by your high school.


High School Junior In Good Standing. Comfortable In Both Indoor And Outdoor Settings. Interested In Science And The Environment. Curious About How Things Work. Students From Underrepresented Groups In Science Careers Are Our Target Audience. However, We Encourage Anyone Interested In Project True To Apply. Attend All 150 Hours Of Sessions (Unexcused Absences Will Result In Dismissal). Participate In Yearly Follow-Up Surveys (20 Min) Through 2019.