by Erica Wiethorn, Career Advancement Program Assistant

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On the first day of June, approximately 70 students woke up early in the neighborhoods of New York City, stretched, and pulled on their Greenheart t-shirts. These students have traveled from various universities in China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Singapore to complete summer internships with CCI Greenheart’s Career Advancement Program.

As part of their orientation to the Big Apple, the interns joined forces with the NYC Parks & Recreation department to participate in “My Park Day,” an event in which volunteers spend the morning cleaning up local parks in preparation for summer’s gorgeous weather. The CCI Greenheart interns, accompanied by our company’s Vice President, got their hands dirty in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, a place with deep historic roots as it was the site of the 1964 World’s Fair. The park also boasts Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, and the USTA National Tennis Center which hosts the U.S. Open every year.

The interns had the opportunity to learn about the importance of volunteering and caring for their host community. They also had time with members of the NYC Parks staff, including their resident horticulturalist, to ask questions about environmentalism, New York, and American culture in general. Atlas, a business intern from the National University of Singapore, described the event as “a humbling experience for someone from a country that is highly landscaped mostly by the government. Beyond the hands-on pulling of weeds, I have taken away important lessons such as teamwork and concern towards the natural habitat I am living with. I understand that my efforts will not have a great impact on Mother Earth, but it has definitely changed how I treat my surroundings; one with more understanding and compassion.”

CCI Greenheart Interns will participate in another My Parks Day event in July, so stay tuned for more!

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