Internship Public Horticulture

Public One Year Engagement Internship

posted December 18, 2017
apply by March 1, 2018


Come study at Mt. Cuba Center, a premier botanical garden that embraces ecological gardening and celebrates native plants. Gain hands-on experience in your specific internship area while working one-on-one with our professional staff. Participate in group projects, educational programming, plant identification classes, and trips to other local horticultural organizations. Each intern will complete a special project culminating in an in-house presentation of the results. The program runs from May 21, 2018 to May 10, 2019. Visit http // for more information and to apply online.

The Public Engagement Intern will learn how to successfully promote and raise the profile of a public garden through print and digital marketing, outreach, and communications. In addition, the intern will design, implement and review marketing, outreach, and communications strategies that promote our conservation mission and extend our public reach. The intern project involves researching, writing, and editing Mt. Cuba Centerís Native Plant Finder, an online plant profile database. The intern will develop a portfolio of professional copywriting, commercial photography, and social media management and take native plant classes that enhance an understanding of ecology and conservation. Successful candidates will have an interest in ecology, enthusiasm for thorough research, and strong writing skills.

Minimum Qualifications

The one year internship is designed for individuals with a degree in horticulture, forestry, 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. Mt. Cuba Center, while very scenic, is remote and has no public transportation, walking, or bike lanes, so a car is highly recommended. [The use of Mt. Cuba Centerís vehicles for personal use is not permitted.]

Wages, Salary and Benefits

The internship pay is $11/hour for a 40-hour work week, medical benefits included. Housing is available on site at beautiful Mt. Cuba Center at no cost to the intern.

Application Requirements

Please visit http // to apply online. Application deadline is March 1, 2018. Please apply early because interviews will begin in January 2018, as applications are received, and will continue until positions are filled, possibly before the March 1 deadline. For more information, email or call 302-239-8886.


Megan Schiff, or 302-239-8886