Rutgers Gardens’ internship programs each offer a rich variety of experiences, such as learning horticultural techniques and equipment operation, interacting with visitors, leading school groups, and planting and harvesting crops, just to name a few. Along with accompanying course credits and diverse, educational field trips, our internships offer unique and specialized opportunities to learn about plants, public gardens, the green industry in general, and how we engage and interact with visitors from both the university and surrounding community.
Through learning maintenance and horticultural techniques, interacting with the public, assisting with special events and projects, a 3-credit course in “Public Gardens Management,” and numerous trips throughout the NJ, NYC and Philadelphia area, students gain a thorough understanding of how a public garden serves the community and operates. This comprehensive, 15-week summer program is a paid position. (Plant Breeding option available.) Learn more about the Public Garden Management Internship.
The Office of Agriculture and Urban Programs, together with Rutgers Gardens, offers this 16-week, paid summer opportunity. Students learn about production, local food justice, community outreach, and more, by helping with all aspects of small-scale organic farming, from bed preparation and planting, to harvesting and distribution of produce. Includes 3-credit course “The Principles and Practice of Small-Scale Organic Farming.” Learn more about the Student Farm Internship.
Students teach younger children about plants, food, healthy living and environmental issues through class work and hands-on activities, for summer camp, public events, and various programs. Interns also help plant, maintain, and harvest the Community Youth Garden and work collaboratively with other interns. This is a paid spring-summer position, which includes the 3-credit course “The Principles and Practice of Small-Scale Organic Farming.” Learn more about the Youth Program Internship.
View a photo gallery of all the student interns you will encounter in the gardens this summer. They come from diverse backgrounds and majors to work and learn at Rutgers Gardens, and we couldn’t do it all without them!