Interning at Weis​​

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.


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


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

Stephen Stella - Educator, Camp Counselor

Jazmine Garcia - Educator, Camp Counselor 



PREVIOUS Ramapo College "May H Weis Environmental Award" Interns 
Liam Hickey (2017-2918 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 (2017-2918 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


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Meet some of our wonderful Volunteers​​

L-R: Liam Hickey

James O'Neill​​

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 looking to add nonprofit, environmental, or education experience to their resume. Interns are involved in every aspect of our organization, and we strive to ensure they have a rewarding and meaningful experience. Please Contact Us for more information


Spring/Summer 2018 Interns
Scott Campbell

Sam Allen

Ryan Lisa

Nikole Lisa

Dana Ogden

Brian Kochan