STUDENT PROGRAMS: Summer and School-Year Interns

An internship is a valuable supplement to an undergraduate curriculum. The goal of the internships is to provide students “hands on” experience and skills working in a public garden. This experience is gained through garden work, field trips, and garden projects. UDBG's staff works with interns in all areas of public garden operations. Students familiar with horticulture can use the internships to expand their horizons, discover new aspects in this diverse industry, and help build their resumes. Classes become more meaningful within the context of the practical experience. Employers place great emphasis on horticultural job experience when looking for employees. Financial support for student interns is provided by Patrons of the Spring Plant Sale and other generous donations.

To apply, please submit: 1) letter of interest including career goals; 2) current resume; 3) three letters of reference; and 4) transcript(s) to Dr. John Frett, 152 Townsend Hall, University of Delaware, Newark DE 19716, or email jfrett@udel.edu.

Year-Long Internship (not currently open)

Apply by: N/A (or until a suitable candidate is found)
Duration: One year (flexible dates)
Compensation: $22,000 plus tuition-free courses
Requirements: Bachelor's degree (intern is admitted a non-degree graduate student)
Contact: Dr. John Frett, Director
Phone: 302-831-6378; E-mail: jfrett@udel.edu

Applicants must have a BS degree, as they are admitted as a non-degree graduate student as part of the internship (GRE scores not required). This full-time, year-long internship provides the student with diverse experiences in botanic garden management activities. Activities include membership program administration, educational interpretation, marketing and web site administration, and plant curation. The intern will assist with the annual benefit plant sale, which may include plant propagation and maintenance, labeling, catalog production, and plant staging. The intern will work with staff and volunteers to perform horticultural maintenance in the outdoor garden.

The intern may register for two courses per spring and fall semesters. Students must integrate courses and work schedule with Director's approval. Securing housing is the intern’s responsibility, though we will provide assistance. Ample housing is available as Newark is a college town. It is recommended the intern have transportation to take advantage of the numerous horticultural organizatons and activities in the area.

Summer and School-Year Internships (click here for 2014 Summer Intern bios)

Apply by: 1 March 2015 (Summer); August 15 (School-year)
Duration: 1 June to mid-August, 2015; 37.5 hrs/week; UD Fall & Spring Semesters (based on student availability)
Compensation: $10.50/hr
Requirements: Must be currently enrolled in university/college
Contact: Dr. John Frett, Director
Phone: 302-831-1388; E-mail: jfrett@udel.edu

Interns may spend the summer and school-year working in the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens with the garden staff learning garden maintenance skills, gaining experience in public horticulture, the importance of record keeping, building their resumes, while also earning an hourly wage. Students work outside to perform a wide variety of horticultural tasks: mow, weed control, prune, mulch, plant, and other projects. Summer interns develop specialized skills such as curatorial work, detailed pruning, propagation, and plant identification. They learn by example the importance of teamwork and collaboration required to manage UDBG's collections. Summer interns take several field trips to local public gardens and/or nurseries to further their experience in horticulture. The school-year internship is more limited in scope because of student course work and schedule.

If students enroll in PLSC 364 for internship credit, they are required to keep a weekly log of their activities. It is the students’ responsibility to pay tuition, enroll in PLSC 364 in the appropriate semester, and fulfill the course requirements. 

University of Delaware

University of Delaware Botanic GardensNewark, DE 19716Phone: 302 831-0153