Dorothy Thorndike Botanic Gardens Internship

The Dorothy Thorndike interns work to connect people to plants, nature, and the environment, using the botanical resources of the Margaret Ferguson Greenhouses, Alexandra Botanic Garden, and Hunnewell Arboretum of Wellesley College.This internship was established in fond memory of Dorothy Dudley Thorndike DS ’75, to further the impact of her passion for plants and nature on students and visitors to the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens. 

This internship is open to all current Wellesley College students who will be returning to campus for the following academic year.  The primary requirement is a love for plants.  Preference is given to students who have taken BISC 108 or have other botanical or horticultural experience. There may be one or two Thorndike interns per academic year.

Applications are closed for the 2015-16 academic year.

Summer Internships at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens 2015

gardeningEnvironmental Horticulture

Interns gain hands-on horticultural experience assisting in the maintenance of the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens under the direction of Senior Horticulturist Tricia Diggins. This includes learning ecological landscaping techniques of weeding, mulching, watering, pruning and controlling invasive species. While working, interns learn about identifying and cultivating North American native plants and native communities as well as woody plant species from around the world. Interns will also help design and plant a kitchen vegetable garden. 


veggiesSustainable Agriculture

Interns gain experience in a range of food-growing endeavors, in the Edible Ecosystem permaculture garden, the “Farm-In-a-Box” experiment comparing organic and synthetic approaches to growing carrots and spinach, and the student-run Regeneration farm plot. Work will include watering, weeding, harvesting, and pest management. 


All internships are 10 weeks and include occasional field trips and other relevant activities with the whole group. 

Applications are closed for the summer of 2015.