During the year-long program, interns are enrolled in "Issues in Arboretum Management, I and II." These graduate-level classes are offered through the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. Interns receive graded graduate credit hours based on their performance each semester in the following categories:
A hands-on introduction to the woody plants at the Arboretum that have horticultural and botanical interest. These monthly sessions help interns develop and/or refine skills in plant identification, use and culture. Collections discussed include: summer blooming plants, great trees, roses, maples, oaks, winter interest, conifers, and more! A written and field identification exam is given at the end of each semester.
Each intern completes an independent study project that is geared towards advancing his or his career development and the Arboretum's mission. Each project consists of an oral presentation and a written report. Towards the conclusion of the internship program, all independent study projects are presented to the Arboretum staff.