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About New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation does more than just oversee the upkeep of its 29,000 acres of parkland—as if that weren’t a big enough job. Parks, as those in the department refer to it, also sponsors free events to get communities involved in their local parks, runs a workfare program, organizes nature walks and sports clinics, and maintains a substantial photo archive and a comprehensive website, among other programs. Parks covers so much ground that it takes about 3,500 employees to keep the agency running.

An internship at Parks can mean anything from acting as the park commissioner’s aide to designing the agency’s website. Interns can choose to work in the marketing division, promoting current ad campaigns for the park. They can also perform social work in its work experience program or study the parks’ wetlands from an ecological viewpoint. In fact, Parks offers over 20 different kinds of internships.


Most internships are open to high school seniors, current college students, recent college graduates and grad students. See the website for details on requirements.

New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

Internship Coordinator
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
830 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Phone: (212) 360-8212


Number of Interns: 51 to 100
Compensation/Benefits: Unpaid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: High School Students, College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


New York, NY