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Vic & Margaret Ball Internship – Student Information

Student Eligibility:

MelanieRauschStudents applying for AFE’s Vic & Margaret Ball Internships must be full-time, undergraduate students who are:

  • Enrolled in a floriculture/environmental horticulture program at a 2- or 4-year college/university within the U. S.
  • U.S. citizens.
  • Maintaining a “C” or better GPA with satisfactory progress in a degree or certificate program.
  • Able to complete their internship prior to graduation.

When and For How Long is the Internship?

  • Internships are for a period of 3, 4 or 6 months (6 months encouraged).
  • Winter or spring pot/bedding plant seasons (Dec.-June) are encouraged. Three-month internships are allowed if location is deemed to provide valuable production experience.

Where Are the Locations of the Internships?

  • Taking TempsInternship Hosts are successful floriculture production greenhouses within the United States.
  • Internships must be performed in a geographic region other than the student’s home or school location.

** Transportation costs to and from the location and housing expense are the student’s responsibility; however, a $500 advance ($1,500 for six-month interns) can be requested to help with travel and housing expenses.

What Else is Required?

Students in the Vic & Margaret Ball Program must:

  • Intern with Apply Now Sign in GreenhouseAgree to and fulfill the responsibilities assigned by the employer for the internship time period.
  • Submit a 500-word report, evaluating the experience within 30 days of completing the Program. Reports are shared with the AFE board, posted on the AFE website, and used for program promotion.
  • Pictures should be included with the report of the student working at the intern location.
  • Secure permission to interrupt studies for the length of the training period when required by the university.
  • Perform the internship within 12 months of being awarded, but complete before graduation.
  • During the internship students must submit video updates as required.

Why Become a Vic & Margaret Ball Intern?

How Does a Student Apply?

  • Complete the online application.
  • Submit by email:
    • An official transcript from all institutions attended.
    • A personal statement (by the student) explaining reasons for applying and future career goals.
    • A letter of recommendation and endorsement by a faculty member.

It is recommended that the faculty member submit by email the transcript, personal statement and their recommendation letter on your behalf.

Application deadlines are: March 1 and October 1