URI offers paid Greenspace and GreenSkills internships for Yale students, 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

Yale Students

2020 Spring, Summer and Fall: Urban Resources Initiative (URI) is looking to fill a long-term paid internship position in support of our stormwater management and green jobs training initiatives. The position would begin in March 2020 and run through October 2020, with part-time work (up to 20 hours/week) during the academic semester and full-time work (40 hours/week) over the summer. The successful candidate would help manage the installation and maintenance of a citywide network of street-side bioswales, in partnership with URI staff and city partners. Read more here. Interested applicants should send a resume and brief cover letter to the Urban Resources Initiative at

Fall & Spring:  Applications are due September 1 for fall semester and January 31 for spring semester. 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 GreenSkills positions here. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to the GreenSkills Manager, Caro Scanlan at

Summer:  The deadline to submit your resume to apply for the summer internship is February 28, 2020. Yale students who wish to apply, please read more here and 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 Crystal Fernandez if enrolled at Common Ground or Rebecca Gratz if enrolled at the Sound School. Individuals with a history of incarceration interested in this work should apply through EMERGE CT.  

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