The application period for the 2024 internship season has closed. Summer 2025 internship opportunities will be posted in late 2024.

Program Description

The U.S. National Arboretum is one of the premier arboreta in the country, located just two miles from the U.S. Capitol. Each season, we offer paid internships for qualified individuals seeking on-the-job work experience and training in horticulture, botany, and plant research (genetics, conservation, taxonomy, pathology, production). Selected individuals gain hands-on experience working in the Arboretum’s various plant collections, greenhouses, or research laboratories. In addition, interns complete a project and participate in educational field trips. Internships vary in length from 3 months to 6 months, and are located at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC or at our research facilities in Beltsville, MD.

Application requirements: a cover letter, resume, transcripts (unofficial are accepted), and the names of three references.

If you need more information, have any questions or concerns, please contact us at:

USNA Internship Coordinator
US National Arboretum
3501 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 245-4563