Greenhouse and Gardens Academic Internship Program

The President’s Park Hydroponic Greenhouse. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University

Have you ever wanted to grow food sustainably for yourself and others?

Join the Office of Sustainability’s Greenhouse and Gardens Academic Internship Program for in-person, virtual, and hybrid internship opportunities!

One-on-One Mentorship

Doni Nolan (L), Greenhouse and Gardens Program Manager, and Hala Elbarmil (R), former Greenhouse and Gardens Coordinator. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services

We provide you with one-on-one mentorship from Doni Nolan, our sustainable food systems expert, who will equip you with the knowledge, tools, and resources you need to create a sustainable future.

All interns are required to comply with Mason’s “Safe Return to Campus” policies and procedures for all in-person internship activities. Remote tasks and virtual mentorship is available for students who select a virtual internship.

Sustainable Food Systems

Doni Nolan, Greenhouse and Gardens Program Manager. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services

In our program, you will learn how to: compost with worms and aerobically; prepare garden beds and harvest crops; sow and transplant seedlings; use and automate hydroponic systems; solve pest issues using natural methods; create marketing materials; conduct scientific research, organize and communicate data; actively engage in sustainable landscape design; and support a thriving farm-to-table sustainable food operation.

In addition, you will hone your leadership skills by supervising and supporting volunteers in our Greenhouse and Gardens program across our three sites: Potomac Heights Vegetable Garden, Innovation Food Forest, and Presidents Park Hydroponic Greenhouse.

Earn Academic Credit and Gain Hands-On Experience

Earn Academic Credit!

A George Mason University student in the Presidents Park Greenhouse. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services
  • If you are an Environmental Science and Sustainability (EVSS) major, please refer to the website for further info.
  • If you are not, ask your advisor if the internship could count toward your degree program, either as a practicum/internship or as an upper-level elective.

Gain Hands-On Experience!

A seedling in the Exploratory Hall Rooftop Greenhouse. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services
  • Grow leafy greens at the Presidents Park Greenhouse (near Ike’s) served by Mason Dining on campus. You can work in any weather since it’s shaded, ventilated, and automatically heated.
  • As weather allows, experience the outdoor gardens at the Innovation Food Forest and the Potomac Heights Vegetable Garden where fruits, veggies, and herbs are grown, including strawberries, pumpkins, mint, and more!

Start Earning (Academic Credit) and Learning!

If you want to learn more and/or intern with us, email to express your interest in this amazing internship opportunity. When you click Doni’s email address, a pre-filled email message will open for you – just press send!

Read more about the Greenhouse and Gardens at Mason.

This internship is eligible for University Career Services’ unpaid internship scholarship, which provides interns with scholarships of up to $1,000. Read more about the scholarship and apply on HandShake before the December 1 deadline for Spring 2022 internships.

Not interested in an academic internship? You can still learn practical skills and knowledge by volunteering with us in-person or virtually, no prior experience necessary. Create your free account today. All of our volunteer shifts count towards service learning hours for class – we also offer virtual opportunities. Note: All volunteers are required to comply with Mason’s “Safe Return to Campus” policies and procedures for all in-person volunteer activities.