The Woman’s National Farm & Garden Association (WNF&GA) provides annual donations in support of the internship programs of the organizations listed below. Application for an internship position is made to the specific organization. The internship programs provide hands-on training, work experience and educational opportunities.

Renaud-Peterson National Arboretum Internship

The Louisa King Memorial Dogwood Garden, located at the U.S. National Arboretum was established in 1952 by the Woman’s National Farm & Garden Association. The garden was dedicated in memory of Louisa Yeomans King, the association’s first president. A dogwood has been planted to honor each outgoing WNF&GA National president. The Renaud – Peterson U.S. National Arboretum Internship supports the hiring of an intern to help ensure the dogwood collection is properly maintained. This internship is funded through a generous donation, given in 1987, from James and Marion Renaud. In 1996, Bea Peterson and Juliah Gibson trekked 375 miles from New York to Washington, D.C. This ‘Walk to the Garden’ raised a significant amount of money to fund the internship program. Mrs. Charles Peterson (Bea) was WNF&GA president from 1994-1996. Annual contributions also come from Divisions, Branches and individuals

How To Apply

Visit:  U.S. National Arboretum website Click on Horticulture Internships

Questions: Contact the internship office at or (202) 245-4563.

WNF&GA USNA Internship contact is Mary Pat Ford

The Frances Plate Bequest Fund for the Student Conservation Association

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) was the inspiration of Liz Putnam, a Vassar College student, who in 1953 wrote her Senior Thesis entitled “A Proposed Student Conservation Corps”. Her idea came to fruition in 1957 with the organization’s first trip to work in Grand Teton and Olympic National Parks.

The non-profit SCA provides hands-on environmental and conservation training for youth and young adults. Their services include “restoration of U.S. National Parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community greenspaces in all 50 states.”
Mrs. William Plate (Francis) was an active member of the Beacon Hill Branch, of the New Jersey Division of WNF&GA from 1930-1967. She was very interested in conservation and environmental protection.

Upon Mrs. Plate’s death in 1996, her executor approached Mrs. Julian Zeigler, then president (1996-1998), for direction in placing her bequest with WNF&GA. Mrs. Zeigler suggested the SCA as a perfect means to support Mrs. Plate’s wishes.

For further information: contact the Student Conservation Association, Youth Adult Programs directly at

WNF&GA Coordinator – Suzanne Smith-Oscilowski, email:

Ambler Arboretum at Temple University Internship

WNF&GA contributes to the Ambler Arboretum internship. As the founding site for WNF&GA, the Ambler Arboretum provides current students with an opportunity to broaden their experience within the horticulture field. Student interns preform the following:
• develop a knowledge of plant, design and material needs
• maintain gardens and equipment
• propagate- including collection, storage and sowing of seeds and cuttings
• assist curatorial horticulturist
• assist with educational programming and visitor experiences

• Temple University student with interest and experience in horticulture and/or landscape architecture and design
• entering junior or senior year or may have just completed a related degree

Please apply directly through the Ambler Arboretum Job and Internship Opportunities and click on Ambler Arboretum Public Horticulture Internship.

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