Project TRUE

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

Are you interested in science? Have you ever wondered how animals adapt to living with humans in cities? Do you want to work as part of a team to conduct research that will help NYC manage our parks and wildlife better? Are you are looking for an exciting internship during the school year or during the summer? Are you interested in going to college and majoring in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) field. If you answered yes to these questions, then Project TRUE may be the program for you!

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What is Project TRUE?

Project TRUE, Teens Researching Urban Ecology, is an internship program where NYC high-school students learn about the NYC ecosystem and conduct research as part of a collaborative team with Fordham University scientists and WCS professionals. Past research projects have focused on urban biodiversity including the ecology of urban birds and urban arthropods, and how sand dunes changed after Superstorm Sandy. Students learn about fundamental concepts in urban ecology, scientific design, ecological methods, mapping, digital media publishing, and scientific writing. Students also learn the importance of scientific research in policy making, and the develop the skills to effectively present their scientific findings to an audience.

Visit our student-run website to see what past interns have done.

Make sure to check out some of the videos: Earth Day 2014 and our student-produced project videos on urban bird and arthropod biodiversity.

Bronx Science Consortium Student Research Symposium

The Project TRUE interns from the 2014-2015 fall and spring cohorts will be presenting their research alongside undergraduate and graduate students at the Bronx Science Consortium Student Research Symposium in Fall 2015. We welcome prospective interns, internship coordinators, science teachers and the general public to view their work and learn more about their experiences as Project TRUE interns.

If you would like more information about Project TRUE, please contact Jason Aloisio at


Project TRUE Semester Program is partially funded with Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibilities – Informal Science Education, supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-1237463, and The Noyce Foundation. Project TRUE Summer Program is funded by The National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-1421017 and DRL-1421019.