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    The horticultural intern assists the River Farm Horticulturist with the day-to-day care and ongoing development of the Society’s national headquarters at River Farm. Interns will assist with: garden maintenance; visitor and member services: interpretative programs; integrated pest management; seasonal exhibits and displays; and plant identification. The horticultural intern will complete an individualized garden-based project, in addition to regular plant walks and field trips to gardens in the greater Washington, DC area.

    Horticultural internships are open to anyone interested in a career in horticulture, with preference given to those pursuing a degree or who have completed a degree in horticulture, or a related field.

    The AHS is currently unable to host international interns who are not lawful aliens.

    The duration of AHS Internships is from three to six months. Compensation is $10.00/hr. The workweek is 37.5 hours and is Monday through Friday, with Saturday morning rotations required. Housing is the responsibility of the intern. Assistance in finding accommodations is provided with a listing of potential rentals, affordable apartment office contacts and a map of the area.

    Applications for the horticultural internship should include the following:
    • Completed application
    • Current resume
    • College transcript (a copy will do)
    • Three professional references
    • A statement of professional purpose

    If you would like further information please e-mail internships@ahs.org.

    To apply, please email the documents listed above to internships@ahs.org or mail hard copies to:

    Sylvia Schmeichel
    River Farm Manager and Horticulturist
    American Horticultural Society
    7931 East Boulevard Drive
    Alexandria, VA 22308