College Internship in Suburban Ecology (CISE)

The College Internship in Suburban Ecology Program (CISE) offers summer or semester internships to college students and recent graduates who are interested in learning about the unique challenges facing urban/suburban natural resource managers. Through a variety of research and land management projects, interns are trained in the skills needed to pursue a successful career in the environmental sciences.

Program Description

Length of Program: 10 weeks (Jun 3 – Aug 9, 2024)

The Mianus River Gorge offers summer internships for undergraduate students interested in the conservation of natural areas in urbanizing landscapes.

Each intern will work alongside Gorge staff and graduate students on a variety of projects including wildlife monitoring, non-native species management, and GIS applications.

Interns will be responsible for mentoring and supervising high school students in our hands-on research program (Wildlife Technician Program). We work with our interns to provide a learning experience that fits their interests and long-term educational goals.

Projects for 2024 include:

  • White-tailed deer projection models;
  • Development a repeatable habitat fragmentation mapping protocol for the Environmental Monitoring Management Alliance (EMMA);
  • Wood duck box site assessment, design improvement, and deployment;
  • Data input, management, and summary of overstory data

Candidate Qualifications

All undergraduate students are eligible to apply. We do not require applicants to major in a particular discipline; however, exposure to the fields of ecology or environmental science is helpful.

Interns must be self-motivated and work well in group settings without minimal direct supervision.

Applicants should be prepared to work both outdoors (e.g. field research and land management projects) and indoors (e.g. data entry and GIS projects).

Special Considerations

Housing is not available this year; preference must be given to local students or those able to commute. Please indicate whether you can commute to our location each day. Public transportation in our area is also limited, so it is preferable that interns have a car. Interns also may be asked to use their own vehicle for some work (with mileage/gas reimbursement).


Interns will receive a stipend of $125/week.

Application Procedure

Please click here for our 2024 Summer Internship Application. Candidates must complete the application and submit along with a cover letter, one letter of recommendation, and a CV/resume. Applicants may be contacted for a phone/zoom interview.

Application Deadline: April 12, 2024


Please direct questions to or call Chris Nagy at 914-234-3455.

Meet Our Interns

Click here for a full list of previous interns.