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Beal Scholars

The Beal Scholars Internship Program is a mentored experience for MSU undergraduate students from any discipline to gain professional experience in botanical garden operations and project management. Interns have paid positions at the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden and are mentored by the garden's Education Program Director. Interns work with their mentors, other garden staff, and partners across campus and the community to implement their project. Student projects benefit the garden by contributing to our mission and annual goals.

Interns attend weekly professional development meetings, one-on-one meetings with mentors, and submit reports on their projects at the end of the program. Participants are eligible to receive internship credit for their participation.

Projects must be mission-related and must be approved by the Director. Potential project topics include landscape design, educational resource development, event planning, developing promotional materials, and invasive plant management, among others.

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Photos courtesy of Kathiely Rivera Torres (right), Molly Taylor (center), and the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden (left).