2016 summer internships
See our 2015 interns
Summer internships at UM-MBGNA offer students the opportunity to develop professional skills and experience. Project planning and development, extended learning opportunities and a field trip are all part of the Summer Internship program. These are temporary, hourly paid positions (generally 40 hours per week) and currently run from the beginning of May through the end of August each summer. Many of the work schedules will typically include a rotation of weekends and holidays and include possible evening duty. Most positions require interns willing to work outside in summer conditions. Interns will be expected to participate in creating and presenting a poster presentation. Interns must be able to provide their own transportation to the work-sites (Nichols Arboretum and Matthaei Botanical Gardens) or participate in carpooling with other interns to work-sites.
All applicants must be students at the University of Michigan, University of Michigan Flint or University of Michigan Dearbon.
Listed below are general descriptions for internship openings.
- First fill out the linked Google Form indicating your preferred position(s):
- Send a resume and cover letter with at least two references to:
Jan Stearns firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants are encouraged to visit our sites and to review our website for more information.
If you would like to view other job opportunities at the University of Michigan or create an online profile to expedite applications for future opportunities at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, please visit the University of Michigan's Careers Website.
Education & Outreach:
All positions filled
Natural areas & Gardens:
Data & Operations:
All positions filled
Description: Assist Woody Plants and Trails Manager with the maintenance of the Sam Graham Trees and Trail at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Clear tall weeds and brush and plant shrubs. Assist with native plant ID and monitoring, prescribed burning, using brush cutters, chainsaws, herbicide sprayers, driving utility vehicles and tractors, etc. It will require collecting, organizing and presenting data related to this work. Interns will participate in creating several blog posts for the Matthaei-Nichols blog.
Educational Value: Will gain field experience with many tools, power tools, materials and power equipment and software necessary for caring for this collection of trees and the natural and restored communities where they’re found. Also learn about natural areas stewardship and ecological restoration including ID of Michigan natural communities, native and exotic plants, and control techniques for invasive plants. Work as a leader and/or member of a team.
Requirements: Willingness to work outdoors, performing physically demanding labor while exposed to variable weather conditions, insects, and other outdoor hazards is necessary. Ability to use a variety of hand tools, power tools and power equipment and design software is preferred. Ability to work alone, as part of a team or in a leadership role is necessary. An understanding of basic ecology and Michigan natural communities, knowledge of native plants and experience with exotic invasive plants and their control is preferred. A love of the outdoors is essential.
"The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer."
"Women and minorities are encouraged to apply."