Smithsonian Gardens Summer 2020 Internships

The Smithsonian Gardens have multiple internship positions available in horticulture, greenhouse and interiorscapes production, orchid collections where interns will not only work with the orchids but assist in a massive virus testing effort currently being undertaken, and plant health specialist internship that will focus on integrated pest management, pest identification, and biological control implementation.

The deadline has been extended for the summer applications, to February 15th for online application submissions.  Internships generally run for 8-12 weeks depending on the needs of the student. Internships usually begin in either May or June and weekly stipends are granted based on the needs of the student should they get accepted.

For more information including a list of all available internships and the online submission portal visit:



Ornamental Production and Management Summer Internship

Internship opening for a student interested in working on various projects associated with ornamental production and management throughout the mid-Atlantic.  Projects may include work with beetles in nursery production, greenhouse management of mealybugs and potential work with landscape pests.  Intern will gain experience working with trees as part of demonstration plots regarding borers of ash trees and other outreach events.  Intern will present a brief presentation about one of the insect pests encountered during the summer to the green industry.  Preferably, applicants should have experience with entomology and Integrated Pest management but is not necessary.  Necessary requirement is eagerness/enthusiasm to learn about entomology and IPM, willingness to work with and handle insects, and a desire to improve their skills or experience to better prepare them for their future career.

Internship is from 1 June through 15 August.  The pay is $12/hr.

Interested applicants should send a resume to Brian A. Kunkel, Ph.D. via email:


Summer Internship with University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

Summer Internship Opportunity with University of Delaware Extension Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program

Job Responsibilities
Assist the Extension IPM Agent with planning and implementing Extension demonstrations and applied research projects. More specifically, responsibilities include:
• Assisting the IPM Agent and Extension Weed Specialist with projects demonstrating the role cover crops play in reducing slug injury on soybeans and the additional weed control benefits cover crops provide.
• Assisting the IPM Agent and Extension Plant Pathologist with demonstrating the role variety selection and foliar fungicides can have on reducing Fusarium Head Blight in wheat.
• Survey soybean fields throughout the state to monitor Kudzu bug expansion and to monitor insect pest populations so that growers can be alerted of potential pest outbreaks.
• Participate in a survey to document the incidence and severity of Soybean Vein Necrosis Virus (SVNV), a new disease of soybeans recently discovered in Delaware.
• Create educational materials such as Youtube videos, photo libraries, Extension Fact Sheets.
• Share demonstration and research results at grower meetings and field days.
• Assist the IPM Agent with conducting applied research on the management of various insect pests on vegetable and field crops.

Please contact Bill Cissel, Extension IPM Agent for more information:

Longwood Gardens Integrated Pest Management Internship

The IPM Intern works in an exciting and diverse work environment. In a given day the intern may scout an indoor/outdoor display or growing area for pests, help manage an aquatic environment, discourage nuisance wildlife pests, rear and release beneficial insects, hang pheromone traps to monitor invasive insect pests, or track growing degree days.

The intern will apply the three pillars of IPM: cultural, biological, and chemical control. He or she will use innovative technology to scout for pests, release beneficial insects, perform IPM educational programs for guests, and use various spray equipment to apply chemical pesticide treatments. Additionally the intern will conduct a research project that strengthens Longwood’s IPM program. The intern must obtain a pesticide applicator’s license and will apply pesticides with an emphasis on safety, focusing on the least toxic yet effective methods of control. The ability to lift 50 lbs, willingness to work in adverse weather conditions, and a valid driver’s license are required. On a given task he or she may work as part of a team, lead a group of students rotating through IPM, or work independently.
This is a 12 month internship. Housing and a stipend are provided.

The application deadline is February 1st. Application and program details are found at