The Next Generation of Hudson River Educators

The ‘Next Generation of Hudson River Educators’ is a six week summer internship program specifically designed to more effectively engage underrepresented minority (URM) students and communities to the Hudson River. The high school interns first take a deep dive into the Hudson River to develop a better understanding of the historic to present human connection to the estuary, the dynamism of its biology, physics, chemistry, geology, and topography, and the challenges the Hudson faces, along with potential community solution. Place-based field investigations build an appreciation for the estuary and environmental stewardship that they can pass on to their communities. As part of the program, we also hosted speakers to talk about Hudson science, science communication, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in science, and community planning to embrace diversity.

‘The Next Generation of Hudson River Educators’ 2020 summer internship marks the inaugural launch of this summer program. Primarily funded by the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program Grant.

The interns work in teams to create their own communication tools to share Hudson information that is captivating to a multigenerational and diverse audience. In order to offer information that is interesting and relevant to their communities, interns performed interviews to learn directly from their friends, family, and neighbors about their perceptions and existing knowledge of the Hudson. Involving the community in place-based education is crucial because residents provide key information that would be otherwise unknown to a visiting scientist or educator. The interns then use this information to build their communication outputs that are intended to better connect URM to their local waterways!

ELIGIBILITY: The Hudson River Field Station Summer Research Internship is for underrepresented students in the sciences who are currently enrolled in high school. Student applicants must be at least 16 years old and a rising junior or senior (current 10th and 11th grade students). Honorariums are provided to high school interns.

APPLICATIONS: applications are available around the start of the new year (January) and are due in mid March.