Interning at Eco Brooklyn opened my eyes to green building like never before. It was such an amazing experience learning skills that make a difference in the world. An Eco Brooklyn internship is a great opportunity and I recommend it to anyone. Thank you! ~ Jason, Eco Brooklyn intern ~
Eco Brooklyn is an educator as well as a green builder. We offer the New York community and beyond a chance to gain exposure in the best green building practices available in the city. Our interns come from all kinds of backgrounds and include students, recent grads, writers, architects, laborers, film editors.
No skill is necessary. A good attitude and a willingness to help and learn is all you need. You will be expected to work hard in a fast paced environment. You will learn through full immersion in real world green building environments. Please read the comments at the end of this page for more intern testimonials.
An Eco Brooklyn internship comprises of the following:
1. Doing a task (working on a green building assignment or researching online for example)
2. Cataloging the task (taking notes, video, photos etc)
3. Publishing it on twitter and the blog.
“Intern School”: The internship is tailored around a mentor program very similar to a graduate self study course. Depending on the intern’s interests and learning goals they will be assigned tasks. Throughout the process they will work closely with Eco Brooklyn’s director, Gennaro Brooks-Church.
Time Commitment: Our training program is a minimum 3 month commitment. You can choose to do between 20-40 hours a week. We give preference to interns able to commit 30 or 40 hours a week. Work days are Monday to Friday. Hours are 10-4:30. Usually there is no weekend work.
Payment: Internships are not paid.
Intern Environment: There are two places for internships:
1. On a job site: Interns gain experience in real world green building. It is dirty hard labor but very satisfying for those who like to get physical and learn new things. Along with normal labor duties (carrying, cleaning etc), depending on your interests and available jobs you will be paired up with experienced green builders – carpenter, plumber, electrician etc – to help and learn.
2. In the Eco Brooklyn office: This is a very informal, unstructured environment where you work closely with Gennaro. The office is in the top floor of the Green Show House brownstone, which is also a working home. Self-direction is a must. The internship is very satisfying for somebody who wants the freedom to explore green building in a small business.
What You Will Do
Interns are expected to leave the program with a body of experience and work under their belt. Tasks are varied depending on the interns interests and what is going on at the time. The activities are as follows.
- Blogging - This activity teaches how to write for a green building company. All interns are required to write at least one blog a week for a minimum total of twelve blogs over the stay. Blogs are decided on based on the needs at hand and the interests of the intern.
- Media - These activities teach how to perform media outreach for a green building company. Duties include interacting on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites, reaching out to journalists and bloggers to encourage them to do stories about us, contacting industry professionals like architects to let them know we are accepting jobs, posting blogs on our site, creating video pod casts and book reviews, organizing tours of the show house…
- Video - This activity teaches how to produce, direct, film, edit and publish web videos for a green building company. Interns are encouraged to create short video blogs of different activities.
- Office Intern - This position teaches the business side of a green building company. Duties include filing papers and receipts, expediting paperwork for insurance/DOB/plans etc, reaching out to contractors to get salvaged materials, helping with job timelines, organizing the office.