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Summer Intern Program

Applications accepted starting January 1, 2015

Program Overview

Our 12-week summer internships are designed for college undergraduate and graduate students majoring in horticulture, landscape architecture, ecology, or related plant science fields who are interested in hands-on training and academic instruction in naturalistic garden design and native plants. Currently, seven internships are available. 

Our goal, upon completion of the internship program, is for students to possess a concrete understanding of native plants, obtain solid skills in caring for a naturalistic garden or the components of land stewardship, and develop public speaking skills for native plant presentations.  With this end in mind, students will participate in plant identification classes and complete an intern project that demonstrates an understanding of native plants and their use. Interns will give a 10-minute presentation on their project to staff members.  Academic credit is possible for selected internship activities.

  Download a PDF copy of the 2014 Internship Brochure  


Internships run from May 2015 to August 2015.  We understand that each student may have differing school schedules and we will work with the student to fulfill his/her requirements within reason.  Students may take limited non-paid vacation time during their internship. 


Pay is $11/hour for a 40-hour work week. In general, students work four days with a horticultural supervisor and participate in educational workshops/projects/trips on Friday. 


Onsite housing is provided which includes the use of a communal kitchen and laundry facility.  Rooms and co-ed common areas are minimally furnished.  Each student is provided with a single-bed and work table.  Students will have internet access via wireless connection, but will need to provide their own laptop.  Parking is also provided. The garden is located in a secluded section of northern Delaware, all within driving distance of the major cities of the East Coast. 

Foreign Student Application:

We are currently unable to accommodate foreign applicants.

Internship Positions:

We offer seven summer internships, each emphasizing a different aspect of gardening with native plants.

Intern Education Day:

The goal of the intern education day is to introduce students to native plant topics — identification, propagation, natural areas, and landscape usage.  Field trips are geared for students to explore other public gardens and lands under preservation. 

How to Apply:

In PDF format, send your resume, references with contact information, and a cover letter outlining your internship choice, experience, and career goals to careers@mtcubacenter.org or mail to:
                   Mt Cuba Center
3120 Barley Mill Rd.
                   Hockessin, DE 19707
                    Attention: Education Coordinator

For more information, contact the Education Coordinator, at 302.239.8823 or internships@mtcubacenter.org  

Phone interviews will commence as early as February and continue into March