US National Arboretum



Full-time Research Internship
6 months, full time, beginning Spring 2010

The arboretum was founded as a place for researchers to develop and discover new landscape plants. The development of plants for the American public is still an integral part of the arboretum’s mission and is conducted by the Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit.  Interns are assigned to a particular area within the arboretum. All participate in regularly scheduled educational programs and field trips, work on independent projects that benefit the arboretum, and are supervised by the arboretum's professional staff. Compensation for the 2010 6 month internships is approx. $16.33/hr. The work week for most interns is Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. College credit may be arranged by the student and is encouraged.

Applicants need to have either completed at least 24 hours of relevant course work or have acquired one year of practical experience in a plant production setting. Experience in horticulture and the ability to work independently are very important.

Duties & Working Conditions
In this internship, the intern will assist with the ongoing research. Intern will work directly with the USNA’s research geneticists and support scientists on projects leading to the development of new woody ornamental plants. Intern will be responsible for plant production, including propagation and maintenance of plants in the greenhouse or polyhouse, as well as pollinations and other aspects of plant breeding. Work will be conducted at the National Arboretum facility in Washington, DC, as well as the ARS facility in Beltsville, MD.

Available Positions:

Plant Production and Plant Breeding Research Internship

To apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, transcripts, and a completed Supplemental Questionnaire via postal mail or email to:

Internship Office
US National Arboretum
3501 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002

There is no deadline. However, supervisors will begin to look over applications by the end of February. To receive first consideration, please apply by February 1st.

To learn more about the other various types of internships, requirements, and how you may apply,
please click on the links provided below.

Summer Horticultural Internships
Part-Time Horticultural Internships
Full-Time Research Internships
Summer Public Education Internships
Internships page

If you need more information, have any questions or concerns, please contact us at:

     USNA Internship Coordinator
     US National Arboretum
     3501 New York Avenue, NE
     Washington, DC 20002
     (202) 245-4563

Optional Form 306, (Declaration for Federal Employment): If you are selected for any of these positions, you will be required to complete this form before an offer may be made.

Selective Service System:
Males over age 18 who were born after December 31, 1959, must have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for Federal employment.

Employment of Noncitizens In Non-Permanent Excepted Service Positions:

For information on the eligibility of noncitizens for temporary internships, see

EEO Policy Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

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