Entomology Lab Internship: 2021 Summer Full-Time (June -August)

The ornamentals IPM entomology lab has an internship available for 2021 summer. The intern will assist the extension specialist on a variety of projects which include: a study looking at impacts of mosquito control on non-target arthropods, management of spotted lanternflies and redheaded flea beetles and maintaining demonstration gardens for the management of various insect borer species on maples and ashes. Aspects of these projects include: insecticide efficacy evaluations, studies related to redheaded flea beetle biology, potentially spotted lanternfly insecticide evaluations and collections, work with reduced-risk or biopesticides targeting the management of root dwelling insects, use of entomopathogenic nematodes and fungi (biological control using inset pathology), choice trials and bioassay tests looking at arthropod behavior, demonstration plot management and plant installation, entomopathogenic nematode culture maintenance, greenhouse plant maintenance and propagation, geocaching with insects and diseases, prepare a presentation for speaking to green industry professionals, and assisting with fact sheets. Interns may also participate in site inspections with DDA nursery inspectors, this activity scouts nurseries for relevant pests.

Requirements: Follow guidelines regarding mask wearing and social distancing; need to have personal transportation available and will have opportunities to interact (at a distance) with professionals working in entomology on multiple occasions.

Compensation: will be discussed during an interview.

APPLY: Please send your cover letter and resume to Brian Kunkel, Extension Ornamentals IPM Specialist, bakunkel@udel.edu

Cooperative Extension Entomology Agricultural Technician

Description: The Agricultural Extension Entomology group provides farmers and consultants with guidance and support for insect pests in field and vegetable crops throughout the state. The program maintains insect traps, surveys grower fields for insect pests and beneficial insects, and conducts insecticide efficacy trials in both field and vegetable crops. Duties include plot maintenance, field sampling with sweep net and magnifying glass, plot harvesting and grading, and data collection and entry.

Applicants MUST be willing to work outside under hot and humid conditions and have a valid driver’s license. Attention to detail and good record keeping are required. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

Perks: Free produce and sun tanning
Salary: hourly wage, $13/hour, average 30 hours/week
Duration: Approximately May to beginning of school semester or mid-September, with possible extension to beginning of October

Contact: Dr. David Owens, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown DE; owensd@udel.edu; (302) 698-7125.

Milton Garden Club Scholarship

The Milton Garden Club is now accepting applications for the Milton Garden Club Post-Secondary Student Scholarship for full-time students attending colleges or universities in the State of Delaware including University of Delaware, Delaware State University and Delaware Technical & Community College.  The number of scholarships awarded is based on the number of qualified applicants.


  • Applicants must be returning sophomore, junior or seniors enrolled full-time in a college or university in the State of Delaware studying in the field of agriculture and natural resources.
  • Applicants must be legal residents of Sussex County, Delaware.


  • Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to the study of landscape and ornamental horticulture; plant science including sustainable landscapes, production horticulture, plant pathology, plant biology and genetics, soils and environmental quality; landscape design and architecture; agribusiness marketing and management or another similar related field.
  • Applicants will be judged on the following criteria:
  • Financial need
  • Scholarship Achievement
  • Community service, leadership and activities in and out of school

The application deadline is April 30, 2021.  Applications can be submitted any time prior to and including the April 30th deadline.  The completed application packages should be returned to Carol Mertes-Smith, Scholarship Chair at: cmertess@comcast.net or mailed to: Milton Garden Club, Inc., c/o Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 203, Milton, DE  19968


Please type or print clearly.

Applicant’s Name___________________________________________




College or University Attending________________________________

Academic Average___________________________________________

Field of study_______________________________________________

Please attach the following to this application:

  • School transcript with current grades
  • A one-page typed essay describing your current studies, school involvement and community service. Include your future plans as they relate to horticulture, plant science, agriculture or related studies, including how you hope to use your degree to serve your community.
  • A financial need statement not to exceed one page. Include an explanation of your need for a scholarship that includes any form of financial assistance, scholarships or grants you expect to receive.
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member in your field of study.

A complete copy of your application must be received no later than April 30, 2021 but can be submitted any time up to and including the April 30th deadline. Completed application packages should be emailed to Carol Mertes-Smith, Scholarship Chair at: cmertess@comcast.net or mailed to: Milton Garden Club, Inc., c/o Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 203, Milton, DE 19968

CENFOODS Internship Program

UD’s Center for Food Systems and Sustainability (CENFOODS) is happy to announce the newest undergraduate student internship program. This program is unique in that interns can participate over consecutive sessions in Summer, Fall, or Winter. The earliest deadline is May 7, 2021.

Please email cenfoods@udel.edu with questions.