2022 Horticulture 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 (3 Positions Available)

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 Horticulture Summer Intern Class of 2022 will gain hands-on fine gardening skills, develop a broad understanding of ecological gardening practices and learn how a top tier public garden manages complex and dynamic plantings. The internship presents an excellent opportunity for an individual who plans to pursue a career as a public garden professional and is passionate about conservation of natural habitats.

As a botanical garden, Mt. Cuba Center holds living collections of plants, just like a museum houses collections of art or historical artifacts. These collections are maintained within both formal and naturalistic style gardens which include ponds, meadows, woodlands, glades, borders, and container plantings.  Interns will rotate through each of the gardens, working with different horticulturists and each district garden team. Through these varied experiences, the next generation of public garden professionals will learn about the importance of ecological horticulture as well as the practical, applied skills needed to create healthier landscapes in their future work.

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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