Purpose of the Internship Program & Its Core Values
Trust An open and safe environment that allows students to understand the depth of the professional work place, find their professional identity, and explore if Schumacher is a mutually beneficial fit.
Education Teaching the academic world and students that landscape contracting (specifically Schumacher) offers a lucrative profession.
Compassion A coaching culture that respects the continued professional and personal development of its team.
Innovation To be innovative in our approach by encouraging the diversity of thought including students from different disciplines to be a part of our collaborative process.
Creativity Thinking beyond the confinements of our daily workplace life by encouraging creative thinking inspired by a student’s perspective.
- Open to all majors, with preference to plant science, horticulture, and agriculture students with interests in horticulture maintenance, gardening, and/or business and account management.
- No experience necessary with horticulture, although an interest in nature and landscape management is a must!
- Required abilities: o Self-motivation
- Ask questions
- Learn from every experience and get hands on with fieldwork
- Manage own schedule and work within a busy and dynamic season with daily changes to crews and projects
- Problem solving
- Work simultaneously alone and within a team dynamic
- Comfortable with taking the initiative to create/tailor own experience to learn within the departments that are desired by the intern
- Familiarity with Excel and basic computer software required, advanced Excel skills appreciated
- Valid U.S. issued license
- Spanish proficiency ideal but not necessary
- Mutually beneficial learning opportunity for student and employer
- Ability for student to gain valuable work experience and on-the-job training in an “exclusive” atmosphere
- 1 week training period to meet everyone, learn routines, get settled
- Goals and Expectations meeting to set goals for intern, individual projects, schedule for work and deadlines for projects, etc.
- Assigned work by weeks
- Rotational learning through managers and/or crews (+/- a week at a time) o Dependent on interest of the intern
- Focused more towards account management than field work for this intern § (As discussed, this structure is less necessary for a field work intern = “apprenticeship”)
- 2 interns focused in different areas to encourage collaboration on projects while learning different sides of company à companionship
- Daily tasks and work necessary to the company that needs to get done
What topics will the intern gain exposure to?
- Daily operations
- Horticulture design management
- Supplier relationships (nurseries)
- Client relationships
- Contract and budget management (crews, production)
- Scheduling crews and subcontractors
- Intern has freedom and responsibility to shape their internship and to learn within whichever department(s) their interests are in, including but not limited to: Maintenance field work, Maintenance account management, Construction field work, Construction project management, Accounting, Administration, and Equipment management. o There is an incredibly broad opportunity to learn many aspects of the company, and no one department is off-limits. The intern just needs to make their interests known.
- Intern will work primarily within the Cape Maintenance division o Variety of managers § Different management techniques
- Company operations and expectations
- High quality of work
- Day-to-day duties and tasks list
- Will be created after establishing specific criteria for the core of internship
- Weekly meetings for management and production
- Monthly gardening meetings. § Skills and leadership training, scheduling, feedback from on-site foremen and managers.
- Meetings with new and current clients § Meeting notes
- Tracking project completeness to gain exposure to full “life” of a landscape
- Compensation-Depending on experience
- Vehicle available for work oriented needs
- Timespan: 3 months based on the student’s class schedule start and end dates
- Resume and Cover Letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Interview to be held after resume and letter are reviewed