Summer Internships: Horticulture, Plant Science, Ecology

Come study at Mt. Cuba Center, a premier botanical garden that embraces ecological gardening and celebrates native plants. Gain hands-on experience in your specific internship area while working one-on-one with our professional staff. Participate in group projects, educational programming, plant identification classes, and trips to other local horticultural organizations.  Each intern will maintain a field notebook throughout the summer for review. The program runs from May 21 – August 10, 2018. Visit for more information and to apply online.

The three positions detailed below are available for the summer of 2018.

  1. Ecological Gardening Internship – Formal Gardens

The Ecological Gardening – Formal Gardens Intern will learn how to maintain native plantings in formal garden designs and in decorative containers. The Formal Gardens surround the Main House at Mt. Cuba Center and showcase native flora incorporated into historical, non-native plantings in a traditional setting.  The intern will work along-side our experienced horticulture staff with the opportunity to interact with guests as they explore our newly planted South Garden and other formal areas.

  1. Ecological Gardening Internship – Naturalistic Gardens

The Ecological Gardening – Naturalistic Gardens Intern will enjoy a rotation through Mt. Cuba Center’s naturalistic gardens and train in the cultivation and maintenance of woodland, woodland edge, and pond gardens. In addition, the intern will learn about native plants and the wildlife that depend on them; understand sustainable management strategies used in mature naturalistic gardens; and be exposed to pest/disease management practices, weed identification, and design concepts.

  1. Greenhouse Internship

The Greenhouse Intern will participate in all aspects of greenhouse maintenance, plant propagation, and production techniques of woody and herbaceous plants collected from the eastern United States and grown for use in our gardens and research programs. In addition, the intern will become familiar with our Plant Evaluation and Introductions Program.  Daily activities in the greenhouses and hoop houses will include watering, weeding, planting, and transplanting.


Mt. Cuba Center’s summer internship program is designed for individuals who have completed at least their junior year of college in programs in natural resources, horticulture or plant sciences.


On-site housing is available at no cost to the intern and pay is $11/hour for a 40-hour work week.

Application Process

Please visit to apply online. Application deadline is March 1, 2018. Apply early because interviews will begin in January 2018, as applications are received, and will continue until positions are filled, possibly before the March 1 deadline. For more information email or call 302-239-8886.

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