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. 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.
Public Garden Internship
The highly competitive Rutgers Gardens Public Garden Internship program provides Rutgers students with experiential learning and a thorough understanding of how a public garden or park serves the community and operates day-to-day. Through active and supervised garden activities and maintenance, interns learn a variety of horticultural techniques, and will also be engaged in visitor service and other programming and events. Underscoring the value of skills-building, time management, and cost-effective practices, students learn what is required to keep a public garden beautiful and functional with the mission to serve the public and provide long-term care.
Students will have a paid internship position at Rutgers Gardens for 37.5 hours per week for about 8 weeks during Summer 2021, usually Monday-Friday, with occasional weekend rotations. Educational experiences include planting and maintaining various zones in the gardens, pruning and care of shrubs and trees, learning proper lawn maintenance, working with both annuals and perennials, woodland maintenance, removal of invasives, and equipment operation and safety training. Training will be provided by Gardens staff. The goal of this program is to provide students with an immersive experience and understanding in how to run a horticultural area such as a public garden, park, or similar.
Student Farm Internship
The Rutgers Gardens Student Farm Internship immerses students in small-scale organic vegetable production, emphasizing practices that are ecologically sound, socially just, and economically viable. This 16-week, paid summer internship offers students an opportunity to participate in the farm’s commitment to a future rooted in sustainable agriculture and food systems. Students selected for this internship will work 5 days (37.5) hours per week from May 17th through August 27th. Training will be provided by Gardens staff.
Our interns are a key element of the farm and can expect to learn skills in crop planning, seeding, field preparation, planting, crop maintenance, pest and disease control, harvesting, and distribution. Applicants need to be able to perform physical labor on a daily basis, and must be able to work well independently and as a team. We value a cooperative relationship and look forward to working and learning with you side by side. The goal of this internship program is not only to educate Rutgers students about sustainable alternatives, but to inspire individuals to be agents of positive change as stakeholders in our food system.
Click here for the 2021 Rutgers Gardens Internship Application. There is a place on the application to indicate which internship you are applying for. All application materials must be received by March 1, 2021.
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