The Arboretum at Penn State

Intern with Us

Seasonal Horticulture

Intern James Stockdale and Arboretum gardener Jeff Jodon working in Lotus Pool

Each summer, The Arboretum at Penn State offers internships for undergraduate students and recent graduates interested in deepening their horticultural skills. Internships provide an immersive educational experience, combining hands-on garden training and/or plant collections management experience with professional development opportunities and field trips, discussion sessions, and the opportunity to interact with and lead groups of Arboretum volunteers.

Internships include multiple professional development opportunities, including both on and off-campus field trips.

Internships in horticulture and plant records are available for the summer season and are typically 14 weeks in duration. Information about how to apply for the upcoming season is provided in November, December, and January and interviews are scheduled for February and March. All applications are submitted electronically at https://hr.psu.edu/careersInstructions for using the Penn State site are available here.

Summer 2023 Arboretum: OPP Landscape Internships

The Office of Physical Plant and The Arboretum at Penn State are five offering paid ($14/hour) internships for Penn State students interested in career paths in horticulture and related disciplines. Interns will learn horticultural and grounds management practices in a public garden setting, working side by side with Arboretum staff to manage day-to-day garden operations throughout the growing season. More details are available on our Employment web page at https://arboretum.psu.edu/job-opportunities/.

Summer 2023: Plant Records Internship

The Arboretum at Penn State is offering one paid ($14/hr.) part-time (20 hour/week) summer internship for undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates interested in career paths in horticulture, plant science, ecology, museum studies, or related topics.

This internship will help to develop skills relevant to a career in professional horticulture and plant curation. Interns will work under the guidance of the Arboretum’s Plant Records and Horticulture Coordinator to learn plant collections management and record keeping utilizing IrisBG desktop and other technology, as well as mapping, labeling, and inventorying the living collections at the arboretum. This position will also introduce interns to the world of public gardens and visitor services. 

Internships include multiple professional development opportunities, including both on and off-campus field trips.

More details are available on our Employment web page at https://arboretum.psu.edu/job-opportunities/.

For more information about these internships, you may also contact:

Mandy DiBella
Curator of Living Collections
320 Forest Resources Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-8080
apd5734@psu.edu

Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden

Children enjoying jack-o'-lanterns at Pumpkin Festival

The Arboretum at Penn State offers part-time and full-time academic internships in the Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden. When funding permits, a paid internship is available. Internship announcements are made in December and January and interviews conducted in March. All applications are submitted electronically at https://hr.psu.edu/careersInstructions for using the Penn State site are available here.

Interns work under the guidance of our garden educator to develop outdoor learning programs for children and families related to our central Pennsylvania landscape, culture, and history as well as investigating and exploring native plants, birds, and animals. The program includes planning, facilitating, and evaluating outdoor learning experiences inspired by the design elements of the garden, connecting the garden landscape to educational programs for children ages 3-12, and helping children to understand their roles as stewards of their environment.

Internships include multiple professional development opportunities, including both on and off-campus field trips.

Summer 2023 Avian Education Internship

The Arboretum at Penn State is offering one paid ($14/hour) part-time (20 hour/week) summer internship for undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates interested in environmental education and related topics.

This internship provides a hands-on introduction to outdoor, place-based education focused on birds and their ecological interactions. Work with the Arboretum’s education staff to develop and facilitate nature-based programs and activities focused on central Pennsylvania birds. internship will also expose interns to the world of public gardens, integrating event planning, volunteer management, public relations skills, and donor support.

More details are available on our Employment web page at https://arboretum.psu.edu/job-opportunities/.

Summer 2023 Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden Internship

The Arboretum at Penn State is offering paid ($14/hour) part-time (20 hour/week) summer internships for undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates interested in career paths in environmental education and related topics.

This internship provides a hands-on introduction to outdoor, place-based education in a children’s garden setting. Work with the Arboretum’s education staff to develop and facilitate nature-based programs and activities related to central Pennsylvania ecology, geology, history, and culture. The program will also expose interns to the world of public gardens, integrating event planning, volunteer management, public relations skills, and donor support.

More details are available on our Employment web page at https://arboretum.psu.edu/job-opportunities/.

For more information about these internships, you may also contact:

Jennifer Hooven
Childhood Education Coordinator
212 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802-3604
814-867-4813
jtb149@psu.edu