2022 Greenhouse and Research Summer Internship at Mt. Cuba Center

Experience a summer internship at Mt. Cuba Center, a premier botanic garden that inspires an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a commitment to protect the habitats that sustain them.

Overview of Internship

Internships follow a full-time schedule (40 hours/week) from May 31, 2022 through August 12, 2022. The pay rate is $12/hour. Optional free housing is provided onsite at Mt. Cuba Center. The Internship experience provides:

  • Applied work experience in a specific area of study
  • Professional networking and mentorship opportunities
  • Education related to native plants and ecological horticulture
  • Field trips to local horticultural destinations


  • Designed for participants currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from, a horticulture program or related field of study.
  • Mt Cuba Center is remotely located and is not near public transportation. If residing onsite, interns are strongly encouraged to have a vehicle to provide their own transportation.

Internship Description

The mission of Mt. Cuba Center is to inspire an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a commitment to support the habitats that sustain them.  The Greenhouse & Research Intern will participate in all aspects of greenhouse operation, plant propagation, and growing techniques to assist in the production of native plants in our indoor and outdoor growing facilities. Throughout the summer season, the intern will be exposed to the over 300 accessions of herbaceous and woody native plants produced per year for use in our gardens and research programs. Examples of greenhouse responsibilities include watering, potting, pinching, and general plant care. An emphasis will be placed on data collection and organization of plant records in all phases of production.

The intern will also assist in Mt. Cuba Center’s trial garden operations, where they will help to assess the horticultural and ecological value of the various species and cultivars that are under evaluation. Additional trial garden responsibilities will include data collection, research for future trials and publications, and regular garden maintenance.

Diversity and inclusivity are valued hallmarks of Mt. Cuba Center. Mt. Cuba Center believes diversity enriches all by exposing a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover new opportunities to inspire people to appreciate native plants.  Mt. Cuba Center encourages qualified candidates from all cultures, communities, and backgrounds to apply.

The successful candidate must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. An exception to the COVID vaccine requirement may be provided to individuals for qualified religious or medical reasons.

Application Process

To apply, please use the link below to complete the application. You will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Your resume
  • Contact information for three professional references
  • A cover letter that details your experience and career goals

Your application will not be considered complete without these documents

The application deadline is February 1, 2022. For more information, contact the Internship Coordinator, at 302.239.8886 or internships@mtcubacenter.org



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