Am I eligible?
- High school sophomore or junior in good standing.
- Comfortable in both indoor and outdoor settings.
- Interested in science and the environment.
- Curious about how things work.
- Live in the Bronx. If you do not currently live in the Bronx but have an extenuating circumstance that you would like to discuss, please email us at ProjectTRUE@wcs.org.
- The goal of Project TRUE is to increase the representation of women, black, and Latinx people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). However, we encourage anyone interested in Project TRUE to apply.
What do Field Research Assistants do?
- Contribute to ongoing research projects that improve our understanding of NYC wildlife.
- Collaborate with Fordham University and WCS scientists.
- Design and conduct an original research project.
- Assist in curating Project TRUE social media presence.
- Present research findings to the scientific community and the general public.
- Work at the Bronx Zoo, the global headquarters of the Wildlife Conservation Society.
What will Field Research Assistants receive?
- Mentoring from Fordham University graduate and undergraduate students, as well as WCS educators.
- Interns either receive a $750 stipend + MetroCard to cover travel OR are paid $15/hour through SYEP if eligible and work with WCS's authorized provider.
- In-depth training and direct experience in planning, conducting, and presenting research.
- Assistance in applying for college and obtaining financial assistance.
- Memories, friends, and mentors that will last a lifetime.
What does WCS receive from the Field Research Assistant?
- Assistance collecting large-scale ecological data describing the NYC ecosystem.
- Help communicating to the public about urban ecology and conservation issues.
- Life-long environmental stewards conservation advocates.
- Yearly follow-up survey data to learn from your experiences and improve the Program.
What are the program requirements?
- Attend all 150 hours of sessions (unexcused absences will result in dismissal).
- Participate in yearly follow-up surveys (20 min).
What is the timeline of the program?The table below describes the general timeline of Project TRUE, including the application process.
|Applications Open||December - March|
|Applications Due||Mid March|
|Interviews||Late March/Early April|
|Offers Made||Mid April|
|Summer Program||Late June - August|
|College Boot Camp||August|
|Bronx Science Consortium Poster Symposium||October|
We are currently accepting applications for the summer 2023 program