Originally conceived at UC Davis, the LxL internship model is being adapted by the team at Cornell Botanic Gardens to empower a new generation of learners and environmental leaders. Students in the LxL program will have the opportunity to co-lead, co-create and problem-solve as part of innovative and dynamic teams.
While Cornell Botanic Gardens serves our visitor community as best we can, we know that LxL can elevate the work we are already doing. As such, we see LxL as a “win-win-win.” Students develop their leadership experience through experiential learning and community engagement, all while doing meaningful work they’re passionate about, and Cornell Botanic Gardens is able to provide a more engaging and thought-provoking visitor experience by supporting student co-coordinators and interns.
Students in the LxL program will
- Gain leadership experience in a team setting as they solve problems and co-create complex projects.
- Learn to address challenges through creative, collaborative problem solving.
- Gain hands-on experience as well as the personal and professional support necessary to become environmental leaders in the modern workforce.
- Become effective advocates for the conservation of plants, natural areas, and biocultural diversity.
- Learn about local and global plant life, the ecosystems and cultures they sustain, and the challenges they are facing.
- Be welcomed as a professional team member and part of the Botanic Gardens family, and build a personal and professional support network consisting of the Botanic Gardens’ staff and resources