"This internship has opened my eyes to new career options and new interests. By learning new skills like plant identification, pruning, and weeding invasive species, I have broadened my experiences. I hope this will give me more options while looking for work in natural resources or conservation."
"The fact that you can walk into Plantations from just about anywhere on campus is especially exciting. You don’t have to necessarily get into a car in order to get there. And it’s free. That’s tremendously democratic!"
"Instead of just being a visitor, I was part of the hard-working gardening staff that makes these gardens so amazing. I will be able to come back in 20 years and see the trees I planted, the tangible roots I set down."
"We got to do the full range of work tasks that the arborists and gardeners and other staff are involved with—from weeding to tree pruning to even some construction. I really liked the variety. It was never the same kind of day."
"One day we might be weeding the Arboretum; the next day, working in the Herb Garden, or in the greenhouse. I liked that every day was different and that we got to work throughout all of Plantations."
"Early in the season there’s a lot of planting, but then you get to learn a lot of different skills needed at public gardens—like climbing trees and building stone walls. The experience was really great."
"I wanted an opportunity to reinforce the knowledge we learned in class and experience it hands-on...to get my hands dirty and work outside."
"The summer interning at Plantations really built the foundations of what I was going to be doing for the rest of my life."
"My internship was a great chance for me to get to know plants on a more personal level. And although I thought I was playing, I was really learning a lot!"
"I think a lot of internship programs are more like grunt work, but at Plantations it was more of a learning experience. They really wanted us to learn all about horticulture, and public gardening, and how Plantations works."