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These positions are designed to provide experience in a broad range of horticultural skills through daily hands-on gardening tasks. One position is reserved for a non-plant science major (i.e. students not studying Plant Science, Crop and Soil Science, Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Breeding, or Plant Pathology).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Basic, recurring jobs include weeding, planting, mulching, watering, and brush clearing. Common tasks include preparing planting beds, pruning trees and shrubs, planting trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, dividing perennials, and operating a variety of hand tools and small power equipment.
  • Based on needs and interns’ interests, work might include:
  • Scouting plants for insects and diseases to assess overall plant health,
  • Assisting with arboricultural activities involving instruction on climbing techniques,
  • Assisting with landscape construction and stonework,
  • Assisting with our plant records database, conducting surveying and mapping of plant collections.
  • Assisting with current landscape design projects involving site planning, design, development and implementation.


  • Ability to commit to the entire internship period,
  • Currently enrolled or accepted Cornell University students
  • Enthusiasm for the horticultural field,
  • Ability to alternate between independent and group work,
  • Ability and willingness to do repetitive tasks,
  • Learn to follow proper safety protocol,
  • Ability to move up to 50 pounds,
  • Participate in weekly group intern activities as scheduled, and
  • a valid driver’s license and 2-3 years driving experience preferred though not mandatory

This is a full-time, 12 week internship. Typical work hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Program Elements

Internships include “Learning Mondays,” group work days, and are required to capture their summer experience to share on the last day.

Private: Summer Internship

Our summer internship program provides an educational and work experience involving hands-on training that builds on classroom learning.