The mission of the U.S. National Arboretum is to enhance the economic, environmental, and aesthetic value of ornamental plants through research, conservation, and display. Horticulture interns work in one or more of Arboretum’s gardens or collections. An internship project, which is presented to staff, volunteers, and stakeholders at the end of the internship, is required. In addition, interns participate in professional development opportunities and educational field trips.
Interns are supervised by the National Arboretum’s curators and horticulturists. Internships are 3-6 months long and are anticipated to begin in April or May, 2021. All internships are paid positions by either an hourly wage or stipend, depending upon the position. College credit may be arranged by the student and is encouraged.