Tyler Arboretum provides internships to qualified applicants wishing to learn about horticulture, youth education and communications. Each year, we welcome interns from various disciplines to gain practical training in a thriving non-profit work environment. If you are ready for a fun educational atmosphere with hands-on experience, consider an internship with Tyler Arboretum!

Horticulture Internship

O'Dell-Students,-Valley-Park-7.25WEB2Our Horticulture Internships connect students with Tyler Arboretum’s knowledgeable Horticulture Staff and provides opportunities to assist with the maintenance and development of our garden spaces and natural areas. Interns gain hands-on, real world experience caring for horticultural collections, trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, planning and leading projects, and managing volunteers. Horticulture interns also have the opportunity to attend educational sessions led by Tyler staff, as well as public programs including bird walks, wildflower walks and more. Field trips to other public gardens, nurseries and/or natural areas are offered to round out the internship.

For details of the 2016 Horticulture Internship, click here.

Youth Education Internship

school-programs-2010-2011-054Our Youth Education Internship is a great opportunity for students to learn about educational programming for schools and families. Interns help the Youth Education Manager enhance, plan and implement field trips (grades PreK – 5), summer camp sessions, Scout groups, eco-birthday parties and family public programs. This is the perfect position for a student interested in pursuing formal or informal teaching or environmental education. Click here for Youth Education Internship description and application details

Communications Internship

JelsyOur Communications Internship offers students the opportunity to understand the unique communications needs of a multi-faceted organization that combines elements of a museum, library, educational, horticultural and special events-oriented destination. Communications interns help write PR materials for print and digital platforms, spread the word about Tyler events, and assist with social media outreach efforts. Students will complete this internship ready to enter any fast-paced non-profit organization with excellent skills. Please e-mail Gary Bloomer, Communications & Publications Manager at: to express interest.

 Special Events Internship

The Special Events Intern has the unique opportunity to help with major fundraising events and smaller receptions. They get an inside look at the preparation, solicitation and organization required to successfully run a public event at a non-profit organization. Some nights and weekends are required for this position, but the schedule is flexible to meet your class schedule.

Meet Our 2015 Interns

Tyler welcomes interns from several different disciplines to get hands-on work experience in a thriving non-profit environment. Each year, we have students from different disciplines of study representing different universities and we are proud to call them Tyler family! Keith Kirk (Spring 2015 Special Events Intern) Keith-KirkKeith is from Clifton Heights, PA and graduated from Penncrest High School in 2011. He is currently a senior at Penn State Brandywine and will to graduate in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications. Keith is working full time as a night shift employee at Wawa, Inc. and plans on moving up to management within the corporation after graduation. In the next few years, Keith plans on going to graduate school for a master’s degree in business management. Eventually he would like to explore some job opportunities in the event planning or public relations fields.   Brian Praetzel (Spring 2015 Communications Intern) Brian-PraetzelBrian Praetzel is from Mullica Hill, NJ. He is currently in his last semester at Neumann University, where he is majoring in Communications. After graduation, he will explore the exciting field of media production. In his free time, Brian enjoys playing music with his band, exercising and reading.

2014 Interns

Quina Ahmad (Fall 2014 Communications Intern) Quina-Ahmad-2014Quina Ahmad hails from Philadelphia, PA. She is a senior Communications and Media Arts major at Neumann University, minoring in Journalism and Writing. She is co-editor of Neumann’s publication, and she works in the Career and Personal Development Office in between classes and club meetings. Currently, she interns at Tyler Arboretum in the Communications department. When she is not studying or working, you can find her enjoying a good book, listening to music, or spending time with her family and cats.   Josh Domsohn (Fall 2014 Communications Intern) Josh-DohmsonJosh is from Thorndale Pennsylvania, and graduated from Coatesville High School. He is in his final semester at Penn State Brandywine, and will graduate in December of 2014 with a Bachelors Degree in Corporate Communications. After graduation he plans to explore some options in public relations and possibly news/sports writing. Besides school, Josh enjoys playing and coaching sports. He has coached youth basketball for WBYA, and 9th grade football at Great Valley High School.       Shannon Crowe (Summer 2014 Education Intern) IMG_0382Shannon is originally from Youngstown, Ohio, but recently moved to West Chester, Pennsylvania. She is in her final semester at Pennsylvania State University as an American Studies major. Her projected graduation date is August 2014. Shannon plans on immediately entering a graduate program to obtain a Master of Early Childhood Education to help her accomplish her goal to become an elementary school teacher.        Matt Tobias (Summer 2014  Communications Intern) IMG_9640Matt is from the small town of Pleasantville, New York, a suburb located about an hour north of NYC. As a rising senior Communications major specializing in Public Relations at Villanova University, Matt will graduate in the spring of 2015 and hopes to work in corporate PR/PR consulting in the future. Matt has trained in martial arts most of his life, and for the past five years he has been an instructor, teaching students of all ages. Matt likes to spend his spare time fishing in local reservoirs and rivers.

2013 Interns

  Meet our 2013 Summer Interns

L-R: Lena Harper, Emily Pennock, Vanessa Trovato, Myrtja Desrosiers, David French

Tyler welcomes interns from several different disciplines to get hands-on work experience in a thriving non-profit environment. This summer, we have five students from five different disciplines of study representing three different universities and we are proud to call them Tyler family!

  • Lena Harper is a graduate student at Pennsylvania State University studying Ecological Engineering.
  • Emily Pennock is an undergraduate at Pennsylvania State University studying Horticulture.
  • Vanessa Trovato is an undergraduate at Pennsylvania State University studying Landscape Architecture.
  • Myrtja Desrosiers is an undergraduate at Neumann University studying Biology.
  • David French is an undergraduate at the University of Maine studying Environmental Horticulture.

David French was awarded a paid summer internship that was partially funded by The Country Gardeners of Lima, an organization that Tyler Arboretum is proud to be connected with. Founded in 1949,The Country Gardeners of Lima‘s objectives are to stimulate the love of gardening, to aid in the protection of native species and to assist in good civic planting. In addition to their wonderful objectives, this organization offers scholarships to college students pursuing degrees related to horticulture, and David was a 2013 recipient of such an award. For more information on The Country Gardeners of Lima, follow them on Facebook.   As part of their educational work experience at Tyler, the 2013 interns had the opportunity to accompany Jerry O’Dell on a field trip to his home township where he is working on a project. In addition to giving back in this community project, these interns have worked hard all summer with the Tyler Horticulture Staff in the maintenance and continuing development of Tyler Arboretum. If you are ready for a fun educational environment with hands-on experience, consider an internship with Tyler Arboretum!

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