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Cary interns have the opportunity to receive training and professional development in the field of study in which the internship is based.

In addition to offering the following list of potential projects, we also encourage students to contact Cary scientists and other staff for internship projects that are developed by the student and performed under the mentorship of a Cary employee.

To solicit an internship, please submit an email with a cover letter to the intended mentor explaining your interest in their work and how your project might fit in with their program.

Cary Institute views credit-bearing internship arrangements as a 3-way partnership in which the student develops professional skills, the college provides credit and Cary Institute acts as mentor for the development of those skills through the completion of an internship project.


Education Data Intern

Description: The Education Data Intern is responsible for updating and organizing long-term ecological datasets and background information for the Hudson Data Jam (HDJ) competition. The HDJ is an annual competition where students in grades 4-12 analyze long-term datasets from the Hudson Valley, write a report, and develop a creative project that communicates the science story.

Duration: This is a temporary, full time 6-to-8 week position from late May through early August with start and end dates to be determined.


    ● Work with Cary educators to identify high priority HDJ datasets.
    ● Contact scientists and other organizations who source the data to bring the datasets up to date.
    ● Organize the datasets to be easily accessible and approachable by a student audience. This includes creating detailed metadata and updating background information sheets where necessary.

Required Qualifications:

    ● College coursework in Ecology, Environmental Science, or related field
    ● College coursework and experience  working with scientific data
    ● Experience outside of the classroom organizing and analyzing scientific data
    ● Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

    ● Background and interest in Hudson Valley ecosystems
    ● Teaching experience in formal and/or informal settings
    ● Ecological/environmental field or lab research experience from college, internships, or jobs

Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S. Finalist candidate may be subject to driving background check.  

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a temporary, hourly, non-exempt, non-benefited position.

Starting dates: Preferred start date is May 23, 2022.

Contact Information: For additional information about this job opening, please contact the hiring manager, Ashley Alred, at (845) 677-7600 ext. 321

Closing Date: Position will remain open until May 14, 2022 or until filled.

Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S. Finalist candidates must complete a background check.

Cary Institute & COVID-19: You must provide proof of full vaccination with an FDA authorized vaccine as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). Please direct questions to your healthcare professional.



White-tailed Deer Ecology and Management

Note: we are suspending this internship for Spring 2021

Availability: Ongoing, spring and fall semesters
Compensation:  Unpaid position with the expectation the intern will receive credits through his/her school

Browsing by overabundant deer can degrade plant communities and cause declines in animal populations that use those habitats.  Protection of our forested ecosystems from excessive browsing by deer is one of the priority management goals for the Cary Institute property.

The White-tailed Deer Ecology and Management Intern will assist the Manager of Field Research and Outdoor Programs with aspects of the Institute's deer management program. The intern will gain field experience monitoring deer and other wildlife using trail cameras. Data collection and management experience will be gained by downloading and organizing photos/videos, recording animal incidence and behavior data from photos/videos, and related tasks.

Depending on the time of year, the student may also be involved in other aspects of deer management such as field surveys quantifying deer browsing of trees or oversight of our annual controlled deer hunt.

This internship is most suitable for a student in biology, wildlife biology, conservation/environmental sciences, or a related field who is interested in gaining real-world experience with wildlife ecology and management.

The student must be able to hike to remote parts of the property and work outdoors under adverse conditions such as in inclement weather and around insects and poison ivy.  The student should be willing to learn to use a GPS, trail cameras, and computer programs including spreadsheets. The student must have a valid driver's license.

We will work with academic institutions to provide credit for this unpaid internship. The scope of the internship can vary depending on college requirements and the number of credits the intern would like to earn.

Contact: Mike Fargione |