The Arnold Arboretum provides opportunities to early-career individuals to gain practical education and training in the use and care of the living, archival, and library collections of the Arnold Arboretum. Through the following fellowship and internship programs, the Arboretum supports the professional development of those who are interested in a career in horticulture, collections management, collections-based research, and related endeavors.
The Isabella Welles Hunnewell Internship Program provides students of the botanical and horticultural sciences with on-the-job training at the Arnold Arboretum during the summer months. Approximately a dozen individuals are selected each year to learn and work alongside the Arboretum’s dedicated team of arborists and horticultural technologists, gaining practical experience in public horticulture, landscape management, and the arboreal sciences. While receiving a valuable mentoring opportunity, interns also engage in a formal program of instruction, both in the classroom and in the field.
The Curatorial Fellowship provides a unique 12-month learning opportunity to an individual interested in a curatorial career at a botanic garden, arboretum, or other public horticulture institution. Through formal training, experiential learning, and self-guided project work, the curatorial fellow participates in the horticultural mission of the Arboretum while gaining critical experience in the documentation, mapping, and systematic assessment of the living collection.