1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
The objective of this agreement is to facilitate the Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA) in supporting the projects at the U.S. National Arboretum (USNA). FONA will provide funds to ARS to hire interns for the USNA-FONA Internship Program.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Interns will perform standardized duties in support of numerous projects in all organizational units within the U.S. National Arboretum, including Floral and Nursery Plants Research, Gardens Unit and Education and Visitor Services. These duties will permit selected individuals to gain hands-on horticultural and public garden experience through the Arboretum’s plant collections, greenhouses, research laboratories, and public programs in either the Washington, D.C., or Beltsville, Maryland, locations. Examples include assisting with research in the laboratory and in the field; performing garden maintenance chores, including pest management and propagation; entering plant records data; and assisting with educational and event functions such as marketing and program planning and implementation.
The Friends of the National Arboretum provided new funds in FY13 for internships in the Gardens Unit. Two six-month interns and one three-month intern served in positions in the Introduction Garden, Dogwood Collection, Azalea Collections, and Conifer Collection. New this year was the addition of a spring-summer internship in the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. In addition to work in the collections, interns completed group and individual projects. The group project included the development of a number of resources for collecting and producing plants for a stream restoration project. The bonsai intern researched the donation of two bonsai trees and documented the donations through videotaped oral histories with the donors.