This program at Rutgers Gardens provides Rutgers students with a firm understanding of how a public garden or park serves the community and operates. Through garden maintenance, students learn a variety of horticultural techniques and what is required to keep a public garden beautiful and functional. The comprehensive 14-week paid internship is complemented by a required 3-credit course on Public Garden Management, focusing on business, organizational, and other aspects of public gardens that they don't experience firsthand. As well, numerous trips throughout the NY and Philadelphia area provide unique educational and networking opportunities. The Internship Program in Public Garden Management is available for up to 10 Students. Applicants who are interested may also apply for the Plant Breeding option, which includes a more specialized plant focus.
The Public Garden Management students will intern at Rutgers Gardens 5 days a week, with occasional weekend rotations. In addition to various field trips to public and private gardens, the internship will include:
Preparing planters at the frog pond
Maintenance of the Succulent Garden
Goals for the summer
Second Year Option
After completing the Public Garden Management Program, students have the option of applying for an internship experience at a public garden or park outside of Rutgers Gardens the following year. During their internship here, the students will have been exposed to or visited many of the other parks and public gardens offering internships, including Central Park. The goal is to expose students to the complexities of issues facing a public park or garden and how these public facilities manage these issues in order to meet the goals of their mission statements.
2017 Internship Application download the PDF file to your computer, fill in the requested fields, save and email to Clayton Leadbetter. For more information please email Clayton or call 732-932-8451.
The internship will start Thursday, May 11, 2017 and end Friday, August 18, 2017
Completed applications must be received February 15, 2017.
Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews to take place in late February - early March.