Internships in Plant Science at The New York Botanical Garden
Each year, the Botanical Garden places 25–30 post-graduate, undergraduate, and high school interns in its diverse programs in plant science. Working directly with Garden scientists and their technical teams, interns participate in cutting-edge research in systematic botany, molecular phylogenetics, structural botany, genomics, bioinformatics, geographic information systems, and economic botany. Internships offer a taste of the culture of plant research, allow students to explore their interests in science, and provide excellent educational experiences to include in resumes.
Full-time unpaid summer internships are available, as well as part-time unpaid internships during fall and spring semesters. A small number of paid internships may become available for summer 2011, see availability here. The 10-week summer internship program includes weekly enrichment activities and skills workshops that aid in students’ professional development and provide full exposure to the research activities in plant science at the Garden.
The Selection Process
Scientist mentors submit potential internship projects to an intern selection committee on an ongoing basis. The selection committee reviews internship applications three times a year (see calendar), with the goal of placing a competent and diverse cohort of interns in Science each year during spring, summer, and fall. Candidate application forms and submitted one-page letters/statements of interest are used for matching candidates with submitted projects. As necessary, interviews (live and/or phone) are conducted with potential mentors as part of the application process. Candidates are given brief internship project descriptions prior to interview/s with potential mentor/s. Applicants are notified of final decisions by early December for spring internships, mid-April for summer internships, and early August for fall internships.
Most interns rent an apartment or a room in a home. Your scientist mentor can provide you with information on specific housing options that may be available to you for the period of your internship. In addition, International House in Manhattan provides housing for graduate students and trainees throughout New York City. Information on International House is available here.
Please note these internships are unpaid.