URI offers paid Greenspace and GreenSkills internships for graduate students at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, as well as for New Haven high school students and ex-offenders.

Enriched through group discussion, these community forestry internships provide job training and real-world practice while making positive changes in New Haven communities.

Basic requirements are:

  • Ability to complete physically demanding tasks
  • Commitment to leadership
  • Team-oriented spirit
  • Willingness to make positive change

Graduate Students

Fall & Spring:  Applications are due September 10, 2017 for fall semester internships. Yale college and graduate students interested in applying should have a general knowledge of ecosystem services and urban ecosystems, as well as an interest in working with youth or prison survivors.  Read more about the fall GreenSkills positions here. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to the GreenSkills Managers, Katie Beechem ( and Matt Viens (

Summer:  Applications are due March 25, 2018 for summer Community Greenspace internships. Yale students who wish to apply, please read more here and email resumes to Associate Director, Chris Ozyck (

See last summer’s interns here and featured intern alumni here (see the alumni tab). The video below includes interviews with more intern alumni. 

High School Students & Ex-Offenders

High school students and ex-offenders interested in applying should have an interest in collaborative efforts to address New Haven’s environmental and social challenges. High school students interested in working with URI should contact Tom Gaudioso if enrolled at Common Ground or Rebecca Gratz if enrolled at the Sound School.

Additional intern projects can be proposed and designed by students in cooperation with the Director. For more details, or to apply, please contact URI.

Interviews with URI Intern Alumni