Our 12-week summer internships are designed for college undergraduate and graduate students majoring in horticulture, landscape architecture, ecology, or related plant science fields who are interested in hands-on training and academic instruction in naturalistic gardening, native plants, arboriculture, and land conservation.
Our goal, upon completion of the program, is for students to possess a concrete knowledge of native plants, obtain solid skills in caring for a naturalistic garden or natural lands, and develop public speaking skills. With this end in mind, students will participate in plant identification classes and complete an intern project that demonstrates an understanding of native pants and their use in gardening and conservation.
Academic credit is possible. Internships run from May – August. Students may take limited non-paid vacation during their internship. On-site housing is provided and pay is $11/hour for a 40-hour work week.
Email your resume, references with contact information, and a cover letter outlining your internship choice, experience, and career goals to email@example.com.
For more information, contact the Summer Internship Coordinator, at 302.239.8812 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Apply Now
Learn accurate plant record keeping practices and curatorial techniques such as inventorying, labeling, and mapping. Attain valuable experience with BG-BASE™ and BG-MAP, the computerized plant record-keeping and mapping systems used at Mt. Cuba Center. Become proficient in botanical nomenclature verification, a crucial skill required by all professional gardens and arboreta.Apply Now
Participate in propagation, maintenance, and production techniques of woody and herbaceous plants collected from the eastern United States and grown for use in our gardens and research programs. Become familiar with our Plant Evaluation and Introductions Program. Assist in Mt. Cuba Center’s trial garden – assessing the use of native plants for the garden, examining the ecological value of these plants, and collecting data for future evaluations, publications, or possible introductions.Apply Now
Enjoy a rotation through three naturalistic garden areas at Mt. Cuba Center – the Woods Path, Ponds, and Dogwood Path Gardens. Train in the cultivation and maintenance of native shade plantings and their use in woodland layering. Understand sustainable management strategies used in mature naturalistic gardens and be exposed to naturalistic design concepts. Study pest/disease management and weed identification, as well as native plants in the Sphagnum Bog, Trillium Garden, Moss Bank, Woodland and Pond Edge garden areas.Apply Now
Support the creation of sunny meadow and woodland edge garden displays. Train in the planting and maintenance of native forbs and grasses. Learn about the native wildflowers and grasses used in our meadow and the wildlife that depend on them. Explore naturalistic design and plant arrangement as well as the sustainable practices of ecological horticulture.Apply Now
Learn how to maintain native plantings in formal designs. The Formal Gardens surround the Main House at Mt. Cuba Center and showcase native flora and historical non-native plantings in a traditional setting. Work along-side our experienced horticulture staff with the opportunity to interact with guests as they explore our newly planted south garden and other formal areas on garden open days.Apply Now
Expand your knowledge and experience with natural land stewardship and maintenance techniques. Assist with exotic plant suppression, habitat restoration projects, and local flora and fauna surveys. Work side-by-side with natural resource professionals, scientists, and graduate students conducting research at Mt. Cuba Center.Apply Now
Learn first-hand how Mt. Cuba Center’s arborists manage our extensive collection of trees from planting to removal. Work in our gardens and natural lands areas on tasks including tree pruning, removals, groundwork, and risk assessment. Develop skills in plant health care, mapping, and record keeping. Learn how to use arboricultural equipment including ropes, knots, pole saws, and pruners. Optional training may include climbing (small trees) and the operation of a chainsaw and/or chipper.Apply Now