Internship Program

Developing a New Generation of Environmental Leaders

Internships are Mt. Cuba Center’s greatest investment in the future. Our goal is to inspire students who have an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a desire to protect the environments that sustain them to become future public garden leaders.

We offer two types of internship programs:

Our Summer Intern program runs for 12 weeks and is designed for individuals who have completed at least their junior year of college in programs in natural resources, horticulture or plant sciences.

A One Year Intern program for college graduates with a degree in horticulture, forestry, ecology, environmental studies, associated plant fields, or museum studies to become Botanical Gardening Professionals.

Mt. Cuba Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, arrest record, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.  Interns are paid and on-site housing is provided. For more information, contact the Internship Coordinator, at 302.239.8886 or

The 2019 internships have been filled. Internships for 2020 will be posted in mid-December.

Mt. Cuba Center offers an exceptional 12-week summer internship program that provides students the opportunity to explore public garden career options through hands-on and education focused experiences. Learn practical eco-gardening skills working alongside our horticulturists, arborists, and greenhouse staff. Students participate in workshops, field trips, and plant identification classes and maintain a field notebook that demonstrates an understanding of native pants and their use in gardening and conservation. Summer Internships run from May 20, 2019 to August 9, 2019 (no exceptions applied to the start or end date).

Mt. Cuba Center’s summer internship program is designed for individuals who have completed at least their junior year of college in programs in horticulture, forestry, or plant sciences.

Mt. Cuba Center’s one year internships prepare individuals as future leaders in public gardens. Each internship is supervised by a professional with relevant and related background experience, and includes a research project that emphasizes the investigative nature of learning while supporting the intern’s career goals. Students will develop a suite of practical and professional skills, learn sustainable gardening practices, and participate in field trips, workshops, conferences, and native plant identification classes. Intern projects will culminate in an in-house presentation of the results. Internships begin in May.

The one year internship is designed for individuals with a degree in horticulture, ecology, environmental studies, associated plant fields, or museum studies who want to become professionals in public gardens. Through this internship, individuals with limited experience in the horticultural industry will also gain basic employment skills.