In addition to your regular duties, the interns participate in weekly afternoon seminars and field trips and they staff the Arboretum Plant Clinic.
During the year-long program, the interns are also enrolled and will receive graduate level credit for “Issues in Arboretum Management I and II” through the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.
Weekly seminars and practical sessions: these afternoon sessions allow the interns to interact with Arboretum staff and other professionals from various botanical gardens and arboreta. Session topics are diverse and have included:
Partial or full-day trips provide interns with comparisons of the operations of other managed public landscapes and natural areas. Recent trips include:
Staffed by interns, the Plant Clinic provides the opportunity to assist the public in diagnosing plant pests and disease inquiries as well as plant identification and general horticulture questions.