High School Internship

Sherman Gardens is seeking an inquisitive, energetic and motivated high school student to join the horticulture team!

Sherman Gardens is seeking an inquisitive, energetic and motivated high school student to join the horticulture team for a fascinating educational experience. This internship will provide a chance to experience the horticulture profession in a botanical garden setting.

The intern program is a mix of educational experiences including mini-classes led by guest speakers which provide hands-on learning sessions on topics such as gardening skills, orchids, bromeliads and palms.  Field trips and behind the scenes tours to other botanic gardens, private gardens and nurseries provide interaction with colleagues involved in different aspects of the horticulture industry

The selected intern will be working alongside the Gardens’ horticulture staff and recipients of the Arnold D. Haskell Scholarship. The Haskell Scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the public horticulture major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Together they will work on gardening projects at Sherman Gardens.

An individual project will provide an opportunity to research a plant or species of interest and share that research with Sherman Gardens guests via the Discovery Cart. The Discovery Cart is an interactive mobile learning station. 

The intent of the internship is to show high school students that horticulture and botany are viable and rewarding college majors and career paths.

  • Paid Internship
  • 6-8 weeks, 20-30 hours per week (Schedule is negotiable)
  • July 22 - August 30
  • Number of Positions: 1
  • Qualifications: High school student entering 11th or 12th Grade w/ 2.5 or higher GPA
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How To Apply

Your application should include the following items:

  • Cover Sheet
    • Name
    • Grade Level
    • Email
    • Phone
    • Extracurricular Activities, Clubs or Organizations
    • Activities, employment or vacations to be scheduled around
  • Typed Essay
    • 500 words or less, 12 pt. font, double spaced
    • Why does this internship appeal to you?
    • Why is horticulture, the environment and/or plants important to you?

Application Due By: May 17, 2019

Email To: Scott LaFleur, Gardens Director | [email protected]
Hard Copies Can Be Mailed To:

Scott LaFleur
Gardens Director
Sherman Library & Gardens
2647 East Coast Highway
Corona del Mar, CA  92625

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