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About Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, The

Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University dates back to 1872, making it the oldest arboretum in the country.  The arboretum holds more than 15,000 plants in its 265-acre space, which is open to the public daily.  Its goal is to breed greater understanding, appreciation and stewardship of the Earth’s botanical diversity through research, horticulture and education.

The majority of interns at the arboretum are placed in the grounds maintenance department, with a couple working in the Dana Greenhouse and Nursery.  Intern duties are mostly outdoors, but may include clerical responsibilities.  The arboretum designs classes to enhance the interns’ experience and leads field trips to other gardens.  Interns gain work experience in cultural landscape maintenance, living collections preservation and other areas in horticulture.


Open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as graduate students and recent grads.  Non-U.S. citizens are eligible depending on government restrictions.  Work experience in a botanic garden or nursery is preferred.  Interns must be able to perform strenuous manual labor, lift up to 50 pounds and work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, The

Pam Thompson
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, The
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
125 Arborway
Boston, MA 2130
Phone: (617) 384-5277


Number of Interns: 10 to 20
Compensation/Benefits: Paid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


Boston, MA