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Category: Education

U.S. National Arboaretum
Washington, DC

Posted: Monday, January 7, 2013


Description: 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. Pending available funding, the Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit may have several research internships available this summer in areas such as molecular biology, plant pathology, plant breeding, horticulture, and production. Interns would be located in Beltsville, MD or at the Arboretum in northeast Washington, DC. 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 is approximately $11.91/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.

Qualifications: 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 or laboratory setting. Experience in horticulture, plant science, or laboratory work and the ability to work independently are very important.

Duties & Working Conditions: These positions are located in the Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit in Beltsville, MD, or at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. Depending on the project, duties could include plant propagation, seed germination, pollinations, transplanting, DNA/RNA extraction and analysis, sequencing, PCR, and other laboratory, greenhouse, or nursery procedures.

To apply: Although these internships have not yet been funded, we are still accepting applications of interested candidates. Please send a cover letter, resume, transcripts (unofficial are acceptable), and a completed supplemental questionnaire via email to

There is no deadline. Questions? Contact the internship office at (202) 245-4563 or

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