L-R: Andrew Herrera

John Curnyn 

Ramapo College "May H Weis Environmental Award" Internships

The award was established In 1984, with a generous donation in May Weis’ memory by her son, Leonard W. Weis, Ph.D. It is a joint program between Ramapo and The New Weis Center  "My mother was a graduate of Barnard College in 1912,” writes Dr. Weis. “She and my father always stressed that no one can ever take one’s education away, which is why it is so valuable.”  May Weis represented the Women’s Alliance of the American Ethical Union at the United Nations and always had an interest in the care of the environment.

Recipients of the May H. Weis Award participate in a paid internship at the Center and receive a full tuition scholarship for one semester at Ramapo College. Applicants must be a full time undergraduate or graduate student at Ramapo College.

Application period for 2019-2020 interns opens in March!

Ramapo College May H. Weis Internship Award: Requirements and Responsibilities

CURRENT 2018-19 "May H Weis Environmental Award" Interns:

Jazmine Garcia - (2018-2019 Intern Educator/2018 Camp Counselor)
Jazmine is an Environmental Studies major with a minor in Plant Studies at Ramapo College of NJ. She previously interned at the Mahwah Environmental Volunteer Organization in Mahwah, NJ where she experienced farm life and helped educate new volunteers about the farm. She is currently co-president of the Garden Club at Ramapo College as well as the Ramapo Green Gardener for the summer of 2018. Jazmine loves to be a part of a welcoming community with a strong passion for sustainability and environmental protection. She is looking forward to engaging with the community and helping children (of all ages) learn about and connect with nature. Jazmine hopes to strengthen her environmental advocacy skills and learn more about native and invasive plant and animal species during her time at Weis. She is First Aid and CPR certified and served as our 2018 Summer Camp Co-Health Director.

Stephen Stella - (2018-2019 Intern Educator/2018 Camp Counselor)

Stephen is a Law & Society major at Ramapo College, NJ, who was inspired to join our team after reading about our educational programs that teach young people about the beauty of our natural environment. He believes these programs are vital for an environmentally responsible society, and feels if more youth were exposed to the natural world, then surely the next generation will cherish nature for the wonder that it is. As an Eagle Scout, he firmly believes in the principles of protecting and preserving our environment, and hopes to develop a career in property and environmental law, to help conserve our outdoor spaces. In his free time he is an avid hiker, and rears Eastern Hercules Beetles (Dynastes Tityus) which he finds fascinating. Stephen is First Aid and CPR certified and served as our 2018 Summer Camp Co-Health Director.

PREVIOUS Ramapo College "May H Weis Environmental Award" Interns 
Liam Hickey (2017-2018 Intern Educator/2017 Camp Counselor)
Liam Hickey is an Environmental Science major at Ramapo College, with previous experience as a Counselor and Head Counselor for 5 summers at the Dumont, NJ Summer Rec program, where he supervised the campers as well as other Counselors, and planned activities and events. He also worked as a Land Surveyor and Theater Assistant. Liam is active in community service and is a member of Ramapo’s 1Step club, which works to help further the 'Ramapo Green' initiative . An avid hiker and backpacker, Liam enjoys photography and says being in nature is his favorite thing, Liam enjoyed sharing his enthusiasm for nature with others during his year at Weis. He is First Aid and CPR certified.

James O'Neil (2017-2018 Intern Educator/2017 Camp Counselor)
James O’Neill is interned at Weis as an Environmental Studies/Biology major at Ramapo College. Hist previous experience included working at Camp Bernie as an overnight counselor and wilderness survival instructor, He has also worked for Clean Water Action and was a teacher's assistant at the Meadowlands Environment Center. James also managed Ramapo’s on-campus gardens and organized student volunteers to tend the greenhouse. James has always been passionately interested in nature, and enjoys connecting with younger generations and learning from them as they learn from him. He is First Aid and CPR certified

Andrew Herrera (2016-2017 Intern Educator/2016 Co-Camp Director)
Andrew interned at Weis while pursuing an environmental studies major at Ramapo College.  He is first aid certified and served as a Weis Co-Camp Director in summer 2016. Andrew volunteered at an animal sanctuary in Costa Rica in January 2015, and participates in Big Brothers Big Sisters at Ramapo College. Andrew's previous experience included  working at summer camps, including the Parsippany Recreation Department's summer "Tot Time" program (2010-2014). He was happy to have an opportunity to share his enthusiasm for wildlife and the environment with campers and students while at Weis. In the future, he hopes to study abroad to augment his education in environmental science and stewardship.

John Curnyn (2016-2017 Intern Educator/2016 Co-Camp Director)
John interned at Weis while pursuing an environmental studies major at Ramapo College, with a minor in public policy. John is first aid, wilderness first aid, and wilderness first responder certified. He previously worked at Spring Lake Day Camp as an adventure specialist. John attended the spring 2015 semester with the National Outdoor Leadership school in Utah and Wyoming, learning to lead outdoor activities including backpacking, white water kayaking, climbing and horse packing. John says that experience helped him see outdoor education as a viable career option, and inspired him to work towards that goal. John grew up in Ringwood, NJ, and fondly remembers visiting the former Weis Ecology Center on school trips. He worked to pass on his many outdoor skills and environmental studies knowledge to campers and visitors during his internship, and still assists Weis part-time as a field trip Educator.

Learn about the terrific people behind the success of The New Weis Center!

Meet our Staff

Meet our hardworking Board of Trustees

Meet some of our wonderful Volunteers​​

L-R: Liam Hickey, James O'Neill​​

L-R: Jazmine Garcia

Stephen Stell​a​

Looking for a part-time field internship? Want to gain hands-on experience? Interested in learning the nuts and bolts of a grassroots nonprofit?

We accept interns throughout the year on a rolling basis. Many of our interns are students fulfilling a college field internship or a high school community service requirement. We also welcome volunteers interns of all ages looking to gain nonprofit experience, prepare for a career, and engage with a meaningful, growing organization. Interns are involved in every aspect of our organization, and we strive to ensure they have a rewarding and productive experience.

  • Minimum time commitment is 12 weeks, 6 hours/week, any time of year
  • Variety of indoor and outdoor positions
  • Training and professional development opportunities provided
  • Flexible scheduling, including weekends, evenings, and working remotely
  • References and recommendations for future internships and jobs


  • Environmental education 
  • Marketing, communications and outreach
  • Gardens, grounds and buildings 
  • Grant research and writing 
  • Environmental and sustainability initiatives 

Please Contact Us for more information, to schedule a site visit, or apply for an internship position

Our interns learn about and participate in a range of environmental education and nature-based programs for schools and the public. They also assist with a range of marketing, communications, and outreach tasks. In addition, they are learning about researching grants and the behind-the-scenes workings of a growing grassroots nonprofit.

​Natalia Jasiak

Yvette Plewa

Michael Stellitano

Erica Garfinkle

Lauren Lynch