Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Internship Program at Morris Arboretum

Additional Information


As full-time staff members of the University of Pennsylvania, interns work a 40-hour week at an hourly rate of approximately $11.25. Interns must commit themselves for the full year term, beginning June 15, 2015.


The Intern House is conveniently located in the Public Garden, near to the Swan Pond with gated access to Hillcrest Avenue. Three bedrooms are available. Monthly rental includes utilities. The Intern House is fully furnished with a common kitchen, dining room, living room, bath room, patio, laundry and off-street parking. The Intern House was built in 1905 by noted architects Stewardson and Cope. This nationally listed historic structure served as the Head Gardeners Cottage and Gate House for the estate.

In addition, Arboretum staff assists the interns in finding housing by providing a list of nearby affordable options. Occasionally there are opportunities for the interns to live with hosts and exchange work around the home of their hosts for a reduced rent.

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Interns receive health, dental, and vision benefits through the University of Pennsylvania.

Additional benefits include paid vacation time, sick days, and several paid holidays plus an administrative vacation for all staff and interns is provided between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

More Opportunities to Grow

All interns are eligible for additional tuition benefits at the University of Pennsylvania, Chestnut Hill College, and Temple University’s Ambler Campus.

Interns may also sign up to take free classes from our seasonal course brochure and are encourages to attend Arboretum-sponsored conferences and symposia that they find of interest and that will further their professional development.

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Weather Update:

The Arboretum is open as usual today 10:00am - 4:00pm. Please use extra caution on pathways as some ice may persist.

Please note that winter weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.