High School Field Biology Internship for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.

The internship programs introduce students to environmental field studies. Students learn how to conduct practical field research through examination of water, soil, and air quality, and biodiversity.

Interns will gain experience in scientific inquiry and learn basic research techniques and species identification as we explore and observe the 635+ acres of Alley Pond Park. They can expect to gain a richer understanding of urban ecosystem health through the study of various biotic and abiotic factors in our local environment. Program varies by season.

There are no pre-requisites classes for the internship. Having taken advanced Environmental Science or Biology classes before attending this internship is a bonus, but not required.

Contact Kasey at 718-229-4000 ext. 202 or kwilding@alleypond.com for more information.

Applicants must submit a completed
Field Biology Internship Application.

The Syllabus


The syllabus revolves around urban ecosystem health. It is full of various interesting topics that scientists encounter in their studies of the environment. From abiotic factors such as air, water, and soil quality to biotic factors like biodiversity and invasive species, students will experience new challenges each class.

The class is ever changing and expanding. Sample activities include environmental quality testing, biodiversity sampling, and environmental career exploration.

Contact Kasey at 718-229-4000 ext. 202 or kwilding@alleypond.com for more information on this semester's syllabus.


Semester Details: Field Biology Internships

Competitive internship; open to all high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in environmental studies. Join us as we explore the trails of APEC on Saturdays armed with field guides, experimental apparatuses, and our brains.

*6 classes per semester; 3 seasonal semesters per year.

*Acceptance into the program is required in order to attend.

Summer 2019

(application due June 4, 2019)
Wednesdays, 9:30 - 12:30 July 10, 17, 24, 31 & August 7, 17

Fall 2019

(application due September 13, 2019)
Saturdays, 9:30 - 12:30 September 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26 & November 2

Due dates are strictly followed because of the popularity of this internship.*See the side bar on this page for the FBI application.

Our Classroom

Most of our sessions begin at the Log Cabin, the outdoor classroom at APEC. After a discussion on the topic and materials for that week, we venture out into the park to explore the day’s focal point through hands-on field activities.

Students should come dressed according to the season and weather (ex: boots, rain gear, gloves, winter coats, sun protection, bug repellent, hats), since we are often outside for the full three-hour class. As a rule of field work, it is always suggested that you bring a change of socks, and perhaps shoes as well. The only other materials you need to bring are a pen/ pencil and a folder for most classes.

Our Students

Students who apply and participate in our program
study at public and private
high schools from all over
New York City and Long Island.

*Students must be High School seniors

Seniors who are interested in the Senior Independent Internship can contact us for information on setting-up a program that interests them.

Applications must be submitted by the dates listed above, under Semester Details. Please call well in advance of these deadlines, to ensure enough time to develop your program.