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Public Horticulture Internship

The Morton Arboretum offers two paid, institutional summer internships to students who are interested in pursuing a career at a public garden or arboretum. We consider candidates with a strong academic background and hands-on work experience in horticulture. Qualifications for candidates include gardening or plant maintenance experience and enrollment in or completion of an A.A., B.S., or M.S. degree program in the Life Sciences area (Biology, Botany, Environmental Science, Forestry, Horticulture, or Life Science Ecology). The Arboretum regrets it is unable to accept international students at this time. 

The Public Horticulture Internship positions for 2014 have been filled, and we are no longer accepting applications.  Please watch the website in early 2015 for next summer's opportunities.  


Center for Tree Science - Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The Morton Arboretum’s Center for Tree Science offers four summer fellowships to students who are interested in pursuing a career in urban ecology.   We consider current undergraduate candidates with strong academic backgrounds and an interest in topics such as tree biology, urban biodiversity, urban forestry, arboriculture, root biology, soil science, forest ecology, plant systematics, pathology, entomology, tree conservation, and restoration ecology.  More information on these programs can be found at:  http://www.mortonarb.org/science-conservation.    


The 2015 program dates will be June 15 through August 21 and successful applicants receive a stipend, an opportunity for housing, and a nominal budget for research and travel.  Fellows will work with their mentors to identify a research question, develop a proposal, conduct their research, and prepare a final report. Students in the program participate in weekly activities, such as seminars, field trips, social events, and more. At the end of the program, fellows will present their research in a student research symposium.  More information on the Undergraduate Research Fellowship program can be found at:  http://www.mortonarboretumctsurf.com/.

Interested candidates should provide a cover letter (one page maximum, including your career goals and how this program would help you reach those goals, any prior research conducted, and your research area/mentor preference), a curriculum vitae or resume, letter of reference from an instructor or advisor from your academic institution, and an official or unofficial transcript from your academic institution.  Applications will be accepted until March 13, 2015 and should be submitted to Christine Carrier at ccarrier@mortonarb.org.


The Morton Arboretum offers seasonal employment, unpaid internships, and service learning credit hours to college students or graduate students seeking experience in other areas. See Employment or Volunteer options.