Field Biology Internships (FBI)

High School Field Biology Internship for Sophomores and Juniors & High School Senior Independent Internship for Seniors

The internship programs introduce students to environmental field studies. Students learn how to conduct practical field research through examination of water, soil, and air quality, and biodiversity.

Students will gain confidence in scientific inquiry and learn the basics of research techniques and species identification as we explore and understand the 635 + acres of Alley Pond Park. Having taken Living Environment before attending this internship is a bonus, but not required.

Applicants must submit a completed Field Biology Internship Application.

Field Biology Internships (FBI)

The Syllabus
The syllabus is full of many interesting topics that scientists encounter in their studies of the environment. From air and water quality to ecosystem biodiversity, students will experience new challenges each class. Every year new topics are added and expanded. Past classes have focused on Estuary Fauna, Pond Scum, GPS and Orienteering, Water, Soil and Air Testing and Biodiversity.

Call Field Biology Internship educator Kimesha Reid Grant at 718-229-4000 ext. 202 for this year’s syllabus and more information.


Semester Details:

Field Biology Internships

Field Biology Internships; students must be high school sophomores or juniors.

6 classes per semester; 3 semesters per year:

Minimal registration fee applies*, but acceptance into the program is required in order to attend. *Call 718-229-4000 ext. 202 to ascertain the current fee.

Summer 2014

(application due June 8)
Wednesday, 9:30 – 12:30 July 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug. 6, 13

Fall 2014

(application due September 28)
Saturday, 9:30 – 12:30 Oct., 18, 25; Nov., 1, 8, 15, 22

Due dates are strictly followed because of the popularity of this internship.*See the side bar on this page for the FBI application.


The Senior Independent Internships

Students must be High School seniors

Seniors who are interested in the Senior Independent Internship can contact us for information on setting-up a program that interests them.
Applications must be submitted by the dates listed above, under Semester Details. Please call well in advance of these deadlines, to ensure enough time to develop your program.


Our Classroom

Most of our sessions will begin at the Padavan Pavilion, the Outdoor Classroom at APEC. After a discussion on the topic and materials for that week, we venture out into the park to further explore the day's subject in a more hands-on manner.

Students should come to class dressed according to the weather (ex. boots, rain gear, gloves, winter coats), since we are almost always outside for the full three-hour class. It is suggested that you bring a change of shoes and socks, along with insect repellent and sunscreen. Other than these few things, students are only required to bring a pencil or pen to most classes.


Our Students

Students who apply and participate in our program study at public and private high schools from all over New York City and Long Island.