The International Internship Program is open to students currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a degree- or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the United States or a student who has graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to his or her exchange visitor program begin date.
The International Training Program is for individuals with a degree or professional certificate from a postsecondary academic institution outside the United States and at least 1 year of prior related work experience in his or her occupational field in his or her home country or five years of work experience in his or her occupational field and who enters the United States to participate in a structured and guided work-based training program in his or her specific occupational field.
Both programs provide nine months of practical experience for non U.S. citizens (individuals from abroad) who are at least 18 years of age and have an interest in Ornamental Horticulture, Education, Library Science, or Marketing and Public Relations.
The program begins in September. Other starting and/or completing dates are not available. The application and supporting documents should be received at Longwood Gardens by the due dates shown on the application. All documents must be translated into English.
All applicants to the International Programs must:
- Be an active and ambitious learner who will strive for efficiency and a high level of job performance
- Follow all supervisor instructions and Longwood safety procedures
- Demonstrate proficiency in English (a valid driver’s license written in English or an international driver’s license is preferred)
- Possess an independent nature and be willing to perform repetitive tasks, operate machinery, train in adverse weather conditions, and lift 50 lbs.
- Have health insurance—this can be acquired through Longwood Gardens but does not include dental or eye care
Please include the following documents
- An official transcript of all college and university courses (provided in English). Please include an explanation of the grading systems used in your particular school and university so we may accurately interpret your transcripts. We need to understand what symbols represent excellent, good, average, poor, and failing.
- A reference from your academic advisor or professor regarding your scholastic achievements and potential as an intern (provided in English and enclosed in an envelope with your advisor’s signature over seal).
- A reference from a current or former employer, preferably within your field of interest (provided in English and enclosed in an envelope with your employer’s signature over the seal).
- Proof of proficiency in English (a letter from your academic advisor or professor regarding your understanding and use of the English language OR results of TOEFL examination).
- Proof of International Driver’s License.
The selection committee will consider only complete applications.
To send in your application, please contact:
Office of Domestic & International Studies
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 501, Kennett Square, PA 19348-0501
All applicants will be notified by mail or e-mail of the selection results. Decisions will not be given by phone. Completion of a successful drug screen test and a physical examination by Longwood's designated occupational health facility is required of employees and students.
Longwood Gardens, Inc reserves the right to alter the program or its contents at any time without prior notice. Longwood is committed to the principle of equal educational opportunities without discrimination by race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, presence of a legally protected disability or any other legally protected status.