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.
2018 "May H Weis Environmental Award" Interns:
Liam Hickey (Intern) - Educator, Camp Counselor
Liam Hickey is an Environmental Science major at Ramapo College, and is interning at Weis for 2017-2018. He served as a Counselor, and then 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 has 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 also enjoys photography and says being in nature is his favorite thing, Liam hopes to share his enthusiasm for nature with others during his year at Weis. He is First Aid and CPR certified, and serves as our 2017 Summer Camp Co-Health Director.
James O'Neil (Intern) - Educator, Camp Counselor
James O’Neill is an Environmental Studies/Biology major at Ramapo College, and is interning at Weis for 2017-2018. He previously worked at YMCA Camp Bernie, where he was an overnight counselor and taught wilderness survival, He has also worked for Clean Water Action and was a teacher's assistant at the Meadowlands Environment Center. James manages Ramapo’s on-campus gardens, organizes student volunteers to tend the greenhouse, and is working to form the college’s first gardening club. He is a member of Ramapo's 1Step club, which works to help further the 'Ramapo Green' initiative. His interests include birdwatching, hiking, activism, writing and working with kids. 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, and serves as our 2017 Summer Camp Co-Health Director.
Previous Ramapo College "May H Weis Environmental Award" Interns
Andrew Herrera (2016-2017 Intern Educator/2016 Co-Camp Director)
Andrew interned at Weis while pursuing an environmental studies major at nearby 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 has previous experience working at summer camps, including the Parsippany Recreation Department's summer "Tot Time" program (2010-2014), and was happy to have an opportunity to share his enthusiasm for wildlife and the environment with Weis campers and students. 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 first responder certified, and served as Weis Co-Camp Director in summer 2016. 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.
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
Kristen Jajko - marketing and communications
Kristen is a Sociology Major with an Environmental Studies minor at Ramapo College, and is interning at Weis for the 2017-2018 school year. She is from Wayne, NJ, but developed most of her love for nature and adventure in her experiences with family in upstate New York, Vermont, and Maine. Growing up she discovered many passions, including hiking, kayaking, nature photography, sustainability, dance, history, music, and theatre. Kristen is excited to be interning at The New Weis Center because she feels her interests align with what Weis stands for, and she sees the positive impact our nonprofit has on the community. She is looking forward to gaining valuable knowledge of how a nonprofit functions and cultivating the skills required for a career in Communications and Outreach.
Lauren Belsky - programs and outreach
Chris Johnson - programs and grounds
Joe Pelley - grounds, landscaping and building maintenance
James Finan - grounds, landscaping and building maintenance