Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt (R,C,I – Greenwood Lake) is encouraging all freshmen or sophomore college students, attending either 2- or 4-year institutions and majoring in biology, ecology, geology, environmental studies/science or a related natural science major, to apply for the 2010 Schaefer Research Internship offered at Mohonk Preserve. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2010.
“Hands-on learning is one of the best ways for students to truly experience a field of study and to envision their future career path, as well as to gain the tools and experiences needed to compete in today’s job market. The Mohonk Preserve is a beautiful site where students can really get their hands dirty and have a wonderful experience,” said Assemblywoman Rabbitt.
Not only are natural science majors eligible for the internship, but those majoring in Library or Museum Science or Data Management also are welcome to apply. Applicants need not have any prior field or research experience and those awarded with internships will receive a $3,200 stipend as well as housing, if needed. The internship is 10 weeks long, from June to mid-August, and will include the intern developing an individualized research project and written report, as well as assisting preserve research staff, world-class scientists and land managers on projects such as:
- Land management or related initiatives
- Recreational impact assessment projects
- Ongoing field studies
- Detailed data collection and management
- Library and specimen collection management and record archiving
The Mohonk Preserve is one of America’s largest and most historic private, non-profit nature preserves, which has been protecting over 6,500 acres of the Northern Shawangunk Mountains, in Ulster County, New York, for the last 40 years. The preserve offers the public programs in land management, environmental education, and scientific research, including topics such as weather, bird, mammal and plant observation, acid rain and lake pH, and cultural and vegetation history. The preserve aims to protect the Shawangunk natural landscape and promote an understanding of the environment.
Students interested in applying for this summer’s internship should send their resume, cover letter that clearly states one’s reasons for pursuing this internship and what one hopes to gain from the experience as part of their career goals, a copy of their transcript, and two letters of recommendation to:
Daniel Smiley Research Center
1000 Mountain Rest Road
New Paltz, New York 12561
Applications are due by March 15, 2010. To learn more, please visit the Mohonk Preserve Web site.