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Student Opportunities

The American Public Gardens Association offers a suite of engaging professional development opportunities, programs, and resources to fit the needs and budgets of all those in its membership.  Student members have access to all of these benefits, including those tailored specifically for their needs, such as:


Association Grants

The Garden Club of America Hope Goddard Iselin Fellowship

A fellowship/grant opportunity offered in partnership with the Garden Club of America
This prestigous fellowship in Public Horticulture awards up to a $5,000 grant to a student enrolled in a graduate-level university program to study public horticulture through experiential learning that takes place at a recognized public garden, botanic garden, arboretum, or other closely aligned public horticulture institution. Learn more about all of our award opportunities.

2018 Application/nomination deadline TBD.


Student Travel Award

This grant award helps students attend the American Public Gardens Association Annual Conferences. The Award covers all Conference registration fees and includes a stipend of $500 to help cover travel and lodging. Award recipients are required to contribute a minimum of four hours of their time to assisting Association staff during the Annual Conference. Learn more about all of our award opportunities.

2018 Application/nomination deadline TBD.


Networking & Career Opportunities

Emerging Professionals Professional Section 

The Emerging Professionals Section provides networking, career development, continuing education, and training resources for those who are entering, reentering, or changing careers in fields related to public gardening. Its overall purpose is to engage future public garden leaders in professional and peer networking and career development.

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Learn more about all of our 21 Professional Sections.


Association Events

The Association offers students discounted pricing to attend the Annual Conference as well as any Professional Section Symposia. Presentation opportunities are also available at the Annual Conference by way of Poster and Student Presentations.

More information on pricing can be found on our event listings.

More information on Poster and Student Presentations can be found on our Conference website.


Online Career Center

Our Career Development Center is the most comprehensive resource of its kind for the public horticulture industry—providing position openings in botanic gardens, arboreta, zoos, horticultural societies, and even museums, along with a number of other career-oriented resources for experienced and new public horticulture professionals, as well as those just beginning to explore the industry.

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The Getty Leadership Institute

The Getty Leadership Institute (GLI) at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) provides educational opportunities designed to enhance the leadership of experienced museum professionals and strengthen institutional capabilities. GLI’s offerings—including transformative educational programs; convening policy makers, academics, and practitioners; and collaborations with international partners—support the museum community by helping current and future museum leaders navigate the field’s most pressing challenges and opportunities.

NextGen is designed for med-level professionals with three to five years of museum management experience and extraordinary leadership potential. The program features one week of online courses and one week of residency in Claremont, California in March. 

GLI is targeted to top senior-level executives in the first two to seven years in their leadership positions. The program will run for two weeks online in May and two weeks in residency in Claremont, California in June. 

Applications for both programs are due January 2018.

Learn more about these programs here.


Undergraduate Programs in Public Horticulture


       California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

       Purdue University

       Iowa State University

       Oklahoma State University

       University of Tennessee- Knoxville


Graduate Programs in Public Horticulture

Arizona State University and Desert Botanical Garden

Arizona State University offers a unique Master’s of Science degree in Plant Biology and Conservation. This degree program, offered in collaboration with Desert Botanical Garden, addresses a growing need for plant conservation biologists. This degree has three major areas of focus; plant sciences, quantitative skills, and human dimensions. The thesis and 30 hours of coursework will provide an intellectual foundation and practical, hands-on experience necessary for a career in conservation biology. Applications due December 15.

Learn more about this program.


Auburn University Public Horticulture

This two-year program is for graduate students interested in connecting traditional horticulture with public outreach. Students have the opportunity for domestic and foreign travel where they will tour countless public gardens. Students also gain practical work experience through internships and service learning projects. Finally, students develop networking during symposia presentations and attendance at national conferences. This program includes a stipend and tuition waiver for accepted students. Applications due December 31.

Learn more about this program.


The Cornell Graduate Program in Public Garden Leadership

The Masters of Professional Studies, Agriculture - Public Garden Leadership Fellows Program (MPS/PGL) offers a degree by the top ranked Horticulture program in the U.S. in conjunction with Cornell Botanic Gardens, the botanical garden of Cornell University, an internationally recognized University.  The degree emphasizes leadership, strategic decision making, and business management, preparing students for leadership roles in the public garden field. Applications due February 1.

Learn more about this program.


Longwood Fellows Program

The Longwood Fellows Program is a 13-month residential learning experience focused on building the leadership capacity of high-potential public horticulture professionals. The program is open to global professionals who hold a bachelor's degree and possess a strong desire to lead in a public horticulture environment. The Longwood Fellows Program focuses on grounding Fellows in leadership theory and practice through an immersive, flexible, concentrated program that draws on the experience and knowledge of multiple public horticultural organizations and academic thought leaders. Applications are due November 1.

Learn more about this program.


University of Washington Botanic Gardens

The UW Botanic Gardens is a unit of the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences in the College of the Environment. Faculty associated with UWBG do research on climate impact on plants, invasive plants, ecological restoration, and other related research fields. Currently, two Graduate Reasearch Assistantships in the Masters of Environmental Horticulture program are hosted at the Botanic Gardens: Herbarium Manager and Union Bay Natural Area Manager. Applications are due December 1.

Learn more about this program.


Scholarship Opportunities

GWA Foundation Scholarship

American Floral Endowment

Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund

Garden Club of America Scholarships