Mary Rose Robbins, Wave Hill’s High School Programs Coordinator, works closely with Forest Project Manager Barry Kogan. She reports here on progress hiring the 2014 season interns.
After receiving many outstanding Forest Project applications, we invited students to come to Wave Hill for a group interview. Instead of doing the usual field-work project with applicants, we taught them about data collection. Students got to practice some of the methods and tools we use during the summer to learn about Wave Hill’s Herbert and Hyonja Abrons Woodland. Returning Forest Project interns helped run these interviews and enjoy their old stomping grounds in the woods.
The interviews coincided perfectly with the Chiondoxa blooming in the woodlands, which was an additional treat. Returning Forest Project intern Dean Gruenwald took some time to enjoy the flowers, as pictured here.
The next phase of the application process is one-on-one interviews with applicants. These are just beginning for the Forest Project intern applicants. As for the WERM applicants, we are nearly done with the interview process: Applicants were asked to read an article about New York City’s unique ecosystems and biodiversity before coming in for their interviews. The article is a fine introduction to the topics we explore with our WERM interns throughout the program. Check out the article here.
Our first-year WERMs are very excited about meeting the new group of students—who will come in as the new crop of first-intern interns—and having a chance to show them the ropes this coming summer.