The University of Delaware Center for Public Horticulture (CPH) will team up with the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) and Internships.com to provide students, educators and employers with state of the art tools for finding, posting and matching students with public horticulture internships worldwide.
In the current economic climate, internships are increasingly integral to a student’s resume and portfolio when applying for jobs after graduation. This is especially true for those seeking out public horticulture positions, where leaders in the field cite a shortage of new, highly trained employees who possess hands on experience.
Vikram Krishnamurthy, the managing director at the Center for Public Horticulture, said of horticulture internships, “although there are numerous opportunities for internships in public horticulture at gardens and other institutions worldwide, promotion of internships in public horticulture has historically been a fragmented endeavor. Public gardens often post seasonal internships on their own institution’s website; however, this limits the announcement audience to current website visitors or local students.”
Internship opportunities abound for students seeking out work in the horticulture field. When APGA last published their Public Garden Internship Directory in 2006, they listed a variety of internships at over 70 public horticulture institutions across North America.
Internships.com, a national leader in web-based marketing and matching qualified interns with available opportunities, will provide a platform for students to view up to date listings, and information about specific university gardens and arboreta internship opportunities.
By creating their own account on the site, students will be able to search internships by geographic location, major or interest group, such as a national fraternity or sorority, be sought out by employers, and have access to a number of professional and resume building resources.
At the same time, individual gardens, arboreta and similar institutions can create free, unique accounts for posting and updating opportunities, searching for candidates and managing applicants. They also have access to valuable resources specific to developing and managing internship programs. The site also contains easy and direct access to social networking sites to form stronger connections with potential interns, interested employers or internship placements.
Krishnamurthy said, “with the Center for Public Horticulture’s specific goal to ‘coordinate partnerships among academic institutions, public gardens and professional organizations,’ this new partnership will provide better and free access to these opportunities for students, university programs, and public gardens.”