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 a total of $113.015.79 in FY09 for internships through this agreement. Three-month summer interns were hired for the Flowering Tree Walk, Introduction Garden, Dogwood Collection, and Conifer Collections. The funds also covered the salary of a six-month intern in the Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit and a part-time intern in the Friendship Garden. They covered a portion of the salary for a year-long intern in the National Herb Garden. In addition to work in the collections and labs, interns completed special projects that included creating web page content on the Flowering Tree Walk for arboretum’s web site, creating a landscape design based on the work of Roberto Burle Marx for a garden bed near the Administration Building, and propagation of older and unhealthy species in the conifer collection.