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Fellowships & Internships

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Fellowship and Internship Program 

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Morris Arboretum & Gardens is a historic public garden and research and educational institution. It inspires an understanding of the relationship between plants, people, and place through education, research, and horticultural display. The endowed Fellow and Intern programs provide hands-on experience and an education that prepares individuals for careers in public gardens and related fields.  

Fellowship Program 

These year-long positions in plant science, urban forestry, and plant propagation allows Fellows to be immersed in their field of interest for an entire year. Morris Fellows work closely with Morris staff and are encouraged to publish their work in academic journals or present at national conferences. These positions include tuition benefits that allow Fellows to take courses at the University of Pennsylvania as well as options for health care coverage. All candidates must have completed their undergraduate degree or higher to be accepted in the program. 

Open Positions

The Eli Kirk Price Plant Science Fellow (June 2024 – May 2025)


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Internship Program 

These nine-month positions span a variety of Morris departments. All positions focus on practical work experience in an arboretum/public garden setting. Interns receive hands-on training during their internship, and each intern will gain valuable skills that will advance them in their chosen field of interest. Interns will participate in monthly cohort learning opportunities that explore plant sciences from many perspectives (botany, arboriculture, curation, natural lands management, etc.). Intern candidates must have their high school diploma or higher to be accepted into the program.

Open Positions

There are currently no open positions at this time.



Fellows and Interns are staff members of the University of Pennsylvania. These positions work a 40-hour week at an hourly rate of $15.00+ paid weekly. 


Fellows and interns can take advantage of health, dental, and vision benefits through the University of Pennsylvania.  
Additional benefits include paid vacation time, sick days, and paid holidays. 
Fellowship positions qualify for tuition benefits at the University of Pennsylvania. 

More Opportunities to Grow 

Fellows and Interns may also sign up to take Morris classes, some of which are free, from our seasonal course offerings and attend Morris-sponsored conferences and symposia that they find of interest and will further their professional development.