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 Internship connects 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.

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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 Coordinator 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.

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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.

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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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