Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University offers a summer internship program for students interested in gaining a hands-on experience in a public botanic garden. Duke Gardens is a 55-acre display and education oriented botanic garden located on the campus of Duke University. Duke Gardens hosts many university and community programs and attracts about 300,000 visitors annually.
Our 2019 program offers four horticulture internships.
Interns will get an in-depth introduction to various aspects of horticulture. Interns will work in all areas of the Gardens and participate in a wide range of horticultural experiences. Daily activities will involve working directly with the Gardens staff throughout the summer, assisting with planting, watering, weeding, pruning, mulching and overall daily garden maintenance.
Interns will gain insight into garden design through visits to local gardens and nurseries and trips to major botanic gardens and nurseries along the East Coast. We also try to provide a broad experience in the different aspects of the “green industry,” from growing plants to the design and implementation of gardens. Interns will also work on an independent project with the possibility of it being incorporated in the garden. College credit can be arranged if coordinated through your advisor.
Compensation: Duke Gardens pays $12/hr. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Help with locating housing is available.
Education: Botany, horticulture, ecology, environmental studies or closely related majors.
To apply: Please fill out this application form and send it with your resume and cover letter to the address below. We will accept applications until February 15, or until all positions are filled.
Michelle Rawlins, Horticulturist and Intern Coordinator
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
418 Anderson Street
Durham, NC 27708