Horticulture Internships at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum


2019 Summer Intern Projects

Tree Trek at the Arb  Gianna Epich, Jesy Shortenbecker, Ben Zigler

Anyone with this link and Google Maps on their mobile device can use an interactive map to learn about and see great trees near the main buildings at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: 


Stephen Ahrenholz

Trees and Bees

Gianna Epich

MacMillian Hosta Glade and Azalea Research Collection

Cody Lachinski

Japanese Garden Showcase   

Ben Lehman

Asian Jumping Worms: Update on the Scope of Infestations and Analysis of Treatment Options

Aaron Semington

Ravine Restoration Project 

Jessica Shortenbecker

Limited Visual Tree Risk Assessment 

Cayla Smith

Minnesota Roots; A Guide to the Plants of Minnesota’s People 

Ben Zigler

History of the Prunus Collection 


2018 Summer Intern Projects













Connor Hegenmeyer: Hybridizing Deciduous Azaleas for Later Bloom

Klara Peterson: Summary and Recommendations for the Dwarf Trout Lily at the Arboretum

Melanie Ruha: Composting Green Waste at the Arboretum 

Gus Sinclair: Summer Tree-sure Hunt

Nicola Lowery and Jess Loeffler: IPM Videos for Master Gardener Training

Maria Vogel: A Bee Hotel for the Arboretum

Aubrey Olson: Gardens of Harmonious Beauty


2017 Summer Intern Projects

2016 Summer Intern Projects

2016 Summer Interns

2015 Summer Intern Projects

2015 Interns

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

, 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 no longer being accepted for 2019. 

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 specialize 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.

In 2019, one internship will specialize in Native Orchid Conservation.  This internship will focus on several aspects of rare plant conservation with native orchid species, including lab, greenhouse, plot and field work. Work will be both at the Arboretum and around the state.  Basic biology/botany coursework is required, advanced coursework in systematics, conservation, and ecology is helpful.  If interested, please specify your interest in the Native Orchid Conservation Internship in your application.

Intern stipend is $13.00/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.

One intern from the University of Minnesota will be awarded the George and Mary Lou Klacan Scholarship in the amount of $2500 in addition to their summer hourly wage. All applicants from the University of Minnesota will be considered for the scholarship, with preference given to students, a) studying horticulture/plant science or a field related, b) demonstrating financial need or academic merit, and c) demonstrating an interest in integrated pest management.

Students from schools other than the University of Minnesota are encouraged to apply for the internship program but are not eligible to be considered for the additional scholarship. Student interns from outside of the University of Minnesota seeking credit for their internship will be responsible for working with their home school to insure requirements for credit are met.

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:

Jean Keiser, Human Resources at keis0001@umn.edu or Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318

Applications for internships will be accepted until positions are filled.