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Temporary Construction Alert: Please be advised that several areas on Governors Island will be impacted throughout September due to the installation of Charles Gaines’s “Moving Chains” and the Longines Global Champions Tour. Click here for details.

Temporary Construction Alert: Please be advised that several areas on Governors Island will be impacted throughout September due to the installation of Charles Gaines’s “Moving Chains” and the Longines Global Champions Tour. Click here for details.

Sum­mer 2022 Recap — The Friends of Gov­er­nors Island Ambas­sador Interns

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NYC’s ado­les­cent and youth pop­u­la­tion has had to endure so many chal­lenges over the past two years; spend­ing a great amount of time indoors and try­ing to adjust to the ever-chang­ing (and increas­ing­ly com­mon) hybrid mod­els of school, work, and recre­ation­al pro­grams. Because of this, The Friends of Gov­er­nors Island part­nered again with Futures and Options to pro­vide a hands-on, expe­ri­en­tial, and pri­mar­i­ly out­door intern­ship that pro­vides interns with valu­able work and life expe­ri­ences that they can car­ry with them through their pro­fes­sion­al and edu­ca­tion­al pur­suits. This sum­mer, the Friends wel­comed a team of eight high school-aged interns that served as Island Ambas­sadors, offer­ing their skillsets to improve the Vis­i­tor Ser­vices operations.

Futures and Options is a non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that part­ners with New York’s busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty to pro­vide career and intern­ship oppor­tu­ni­ties for under­served youth. With their exten­sive career readi­ness pro­grams, the interns that come from Futures and Options come equipped with train­ing and edu­cat­ion, pro­vid­ing Gov­er­nors Island with a valu­able and diverse work­force. Interns have reap­plied to come work on Gov­er­nors Island for mul­ti­ple sum­mers in a row, as our Island Ambas­sador Intern­ship is very well-liked and sought after amongst our cohorts each year.

The FGI Island Ambas­sador Intern­ship is a holis­tic sum­mer pro­gram that empha­sizes growth in pub­lic out­reach, com­mu­ni­ty build­ing, and eco­log­i­cal explo­ration and preser­va­tion. Through­out the five weeks, interns relate to the thriv­ing Island com­mu­ni­ty of artists, farm­ers, envi­ron­men­tal­ists, his­to­ri­ans, (and more!) to explore their career inter­ests and deep­en their com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills. 

As a team, the interns serve as the core Vis­i­tor Ser­vice cohort on week­ends, inter­fac­ing with the pub­lic reg­u­lar­ly while run­ning our Wel­come Cen­ter shops. On week­days, they sup­port the Island’s many cor­po­rate events and preser­va­tion efforts, from the his­tor­i­cal build­ings to plant life, and get to know the diverse orga­ni­za­tions that call Gov­er­nors Island home. Addi­tion­al­ly, the interns had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to staff some of the Island’s unique art instal­la­tions, such as the May Room, and were encour­aged to fos­ter rela­tion­ships with the oth­er orga­ni­za­tions in res­i­dence on the island, such as Beam Cen­ter, the West Harlem Art Fund, and Bil­lion Oys­ter Project.

Each year, The Friends of Gov­er­nors Island pro­vides new oppor­tu­ni­ties for these young pro­fes­sion­als. In addi­tion to meet­ing a week­ly require­ment of in-the-field vis­i­tor ser­vice expe­ri­ence, the interns attend­ed a career devel­op­ment work­shop focus­ing on resume build­ing, inter­view skills, and finan­cial lit­er­a­cy host­ed by the Friends of Gov­er­nors Island staff, along with off-Island net­work­ing events.

Over the course of the sum­mer, the 2022 interns pro­vid­ed near­ly 1,000 hours of direct ser­vice and helped thou­sands of vis­i­tors. While gain­ing pro­fes­sion­al work and ser­vice expe­ri­ence is para­mount for our interns, build­ing mean­ing­ful con­nec­tions with indi­vid­u­als on the Island and in the city they call home is also impor­tant to them as they gain con­fi­dence social­ly after endur­ing such iso­lat­ing times.

Stay tuned for infor­ma­tion on Fall intern­ship opportunities!