Horticulture Internships at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Sam Rosa


2014 Summer Intern Projects

Selecting Asian-Origin Plants for the Fred & Jennie Hsiao Chinese Garden Walk
Wood Duck Wander
Hardy Kiwi Fruit
Burning at the Arboretum
Weigela: Is There a Link Between Precocious Flowering and Reblooming?

< 2014 Intern Samantha Rosa

 

Summer 2013 Interns

2013 Summer Intern Projects

Bloom Chart and Map
Children's Education at the Learning Center
Evalution of Pond Water Quality
Fertility in the Japanese Garden
Evaluating Cherry Crosses
Potential for pH to Limit Oriental Bittersweet Invasion in MN
Native Plants brochure
Organizational Sustainability: A Case Study at the Arboretum
Endangered, Threatened, and Special Concern Species ID Guide
Cold Tolerance Invasive Plants

 

2012 Interns

 

2012 Summer Intern Projects
Ornamental Grasses Brochure

Sustainable Control of Apple Scab

Pinus
, Their Cultivation in Minnesota

Report on Water and Soil Quality

Dyer's Garden Proposed Design Plan

Bur Oak Blight

Hear what our Summer 2012 interns had to say about their experiences! Watch the video.

 

Past Intern Projects

2011 Summer Interns
The Allelopathic Properties of Infested European Buckthorn Soil (Rhamnus cathartica) on Plant Germination Rates
2010 Summer Interns
Grapes and Wine at the Arboretum and Horticultural Research Center
2009 Summer Interns - research focused on the Japanese Garden
Introduction and History of the Japanese Garden
Elements of the Japanese Garden
Maintenance of the Japanese Garden

How to Manage Japanese Beetles Brochure 

Applications are now CLOSED for Summer 2014.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum offers several three-month internships in Horticulture & Research from approximately early May to late August.

Internship objectives: provide students with an enriching professional growth experience in public horticulture; encourage creative problem solving skills in public garden management issues; and give students practical career experience in public garden management.

Internship responsibilities: rotate through different garden areas gaining experience in maintenance of display gardens, research collections, and general grounds work. Additional internship activities will include weekly meetings with arboretum staff and or Horticultural Science faculty to discuss collection maintenance, pest management, and other public garden issues not covered in daily work. Students will be assigned discussion topics or readings focusing on current issues facing public gardens. Topics and readings will reflect the interests and work assignments of the interns and will vary from year to year.  Topics such as: invasive plant management, IPM or pesticide use in public areas, maintaining research collections in public areas, may be covered. Additional aspects of public horticulture including the Andersen Horticultural Library, interpretation and exhibits, children's programs, visitor programs and events, plant information and outreach, orientation to specific research activities and projects, hands-on horticultural demonstration and experiences, including off-site field trips or lectures, and other relative experiences will be organized throughout the summer.

Some internships will speciailze in particular areas as described below:

Research intern positions may also be available working with specific research projects involving data collection, plant propagation, and pest management with a specific area or group of plants.

Extension or educational intern positions that involve horticultural writing, website work, or the development of educational information may also be available. Intern stipend is $9/hour for a 40-hour work week. Applicants must have their own transportation.  Housing assistance may be available. The Arboretum's extensive library and education classes are available to interns. Interns are expected to join in the activities of the Arboretum, including special events and visitor programs, in order to experience the full spectrum of a public garden.

Application Information: Applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in public horticulture. Qualifications for candidates include gardening or plant maintenance experience and enrollment in or completion of an A.A., B.S., or M.S. degree program in the Life Sciences area (Biology, Botany, Environmental Science, Forestry, Horticulture, or Life Science Ecology). Download the internship application.

Interested candidates should forward a personal statement, application form, resume, official transcript to:
Laura Boerbon, Human Resources
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, MN 55318 

Applications for internships will be accepted until positions are filled.