University of Delaware Center for Public Horticulture Partners with American Public Gardens Association and Internships.com to Streamline Internship Opportunities Worldwide
NEWARK, DEL. (May 12, 2011) – The Center for Public Horticulture at the University of Delaware (CPH) has teamed-up with the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) and Internships.com to provide students, educators and employers with state-of-the-art tools designed to connect internship seekers with horticulture internship opportunities worldwide. The announcement was made today jointly by Vikram Krishnamurthy, Managing Director of CPH, Dan Stark, Executive Director of APGA and Robin D. Richards, Chairman & CEO of Internships.com.
Internships.com has developed a dedicated microsite (http://www.internships.com/group/horticulture) accessible to horticulture students (via CPH) and APGA members so they can directly search for and connect to each other for free. The Companies will collaborate to identify and create relevant career related resources including webinars, videos, articles and blogs tailored to educate members about the advantages of horticulture internship programs.
“Although there are many horticulture internship opportunities at gardens and other institutions worldwide, promotion of internships in public horticulture has historically been a fragmented endeavor. This partnership will provide better and free access to these opportunities for students, university programs and public gardens,” said Mr. Krishnamurthy.
Individual gardens, arboreta and similar institutions can quickly post internship opportunities, easily manage and track candidates, as well as proactively search for interns by major, location, GPA or by specific keywords for free. When students match the search criteria, employers can directly invite them to apply for the position. Internships.com also provides free resources and templates to help develop and implement internship programs.
“Internship opportunities are critical to attracting students who are seeking careers in public horticulture, and leaders in the field are eager to mentor the younger generation of horticulture professionals. The timing of this partnership couldn’t be better considering the need for highly-trained entry-level employees,” said Mr. Stark.
“Internships are an increasingly important element of a student’s resume when applying for jobs after graduation. This is an opportune moment for us to step-up to help CPH achieve their goal of coordinating partnerships among academic institutions, public gardens and professional organizations with horticulture internship opportunities for students,” said Mr. Richards.
Students can create new or upload existing resumes; design a professional profile; search, save and filter internship listings nationwide by geographic location, industry and other keywords; and receive text, Facebook, Twitter and email notifications when opportunities that match their criteria become available. Internships.com also provides a Student Tool Kit with tips about how to handle interviews, informative articles, videos and blogs from student interns as well as industry experts.
University of Delaware Center for Public Horticulture
The Center for Public Horticulture at UD (Newark, DE) serves as a resource for the public horticulture profession by providing education, training, and research. Supported by UD and Longwood Gardens, the Center for Public Horticulture is part of UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The Center welcomes educational and professional partners from around the world. For more information, please visit www.publichorticulture.udel.edu. Connect with the Center on Facebook (www.facebook.com/public.horticulture) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/publichort).
About the American Public Gardens Association
Founded in 1940 as the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) adopted a new name in 2006 to better reflect the diversity of gardens that make up its membership. Over the last seven decades, the APGA has established itself as the leader for public gardens in North America. Today, APGA’s 500 member gardens entertain, educate and inspire more than 70 million visitors each year. APGA is advancing public gardens as a force for positive change in their communities through leadership, innovation and advocacy, and envisions a world where public gardens are indispensable. Visit the APGA website at publicgardens.org.
Internships.com — a CareerArc Group company — is the world’s largest internship marketplace bringing students, employers and higher education together in one centralized location. The innovative, Los Angeles based company, develops a wide variety of interactive, world-class tools and services to enable every student, employer and educator to better understand and optimize internship opportunities. For additional information, please visit www.internships.com. For tips on finding internships, hot internship listings and internship advice, follow Internships.com on Twitter (www.twitter.com/internships) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/internships.com).
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