Facilities and Projects Assistant Intern

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How to Apply

Applications are welcomed and encouraged from all qualified individuals regardless of background and identity. A one-page cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline experience that directly relates to it. 


This is a student summer internship position with Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. The Facilities and Projects Assistant Intern will work closely with the Facilities Lead and Administrative Manager to facilitate special projects and installations, organize project schedules, track project budgets, prepare status updates, project files and photos, and create presentation materials . This position will liaise with university infrastructure and planning departments to coordinate and facilitate construction work at MBGNA. The internship program runs May 6 through late August and may include weekend and evening hours.

Who We Are

University of Michigan's Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum (MBGNA) stewards over 840 acres of land and water across four properties in and around Ann Arbor, with Nichols Arboretum and Matthaei Botanical Gardens serving as its two anchor locations. Click here to view our Strategic Plan. With more than 500,000 annual visitors, MBGNA is committed to becoming a transformative force for social and ecological resilience through the lands and waters we steward. We put that commitment into action by:  

  • Positioning humans as active participants within the natural world and compelling the university community and our publics to negotiate the full complexity that entails
  • Advancing partnerships, programs, user experience, and all that we steward to catalyze equity and justice in a radically changing world
  • Emerging as University of Michigan's premier partner for research, teaching, and public impact in sustainability, climate-forward practices, and biocultural diversity
  • Promoting healthier communities, cultures, and ecosystems through active care and cultivation of the gardens, fields, natural habitats, and dynamic systems that sustain our world.

MBGNA seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan and sustain the excellence of University of Michigan.


  • Site walks, submitting estimate requests, reviewing design plans, maintaining detailed project files and notes, taking progress photos 
  • Working with project managers, contractors, and vendors to ensure safety onsite and during construction 
  • Coordinating staging areas and access for contractors to protect, preserve or restore site conditions during and after construction 
  • Attending progress meetings and liaising for university architects and engineers on behalf of MBGNA.
  • Track project progress and maintain project files, including photos.
  • Data input and administrative work.

Required Qualifications*

  • Graduated high school and currently enrolled in a college/university by the internship start date of May 6, 2024, or a December 2023 or spring 2024 college or university graduate.
  • This position may require a valid driver's license and a motor vehicle record check in order to operate MBGNA vehicles.
  • Ability to read and interpret project plans and drawings. Design software experience/familiarity a bonus.
  • Working knowledge of Excel, and Microsoft Projects, or ability to learn new software.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Additional Information

  • In-person internships, positions are for May-August, 
  • 40 hours/week with the possibility of weekend and evening work; 
  • some possible flexibility for candidates interested in part-time work. Please note this in your cover letter. 
  • Locations of work include both Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.
  • Compensation: $15.00/hour
  • For more information about Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, please visit mbgna.umich.edu

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for at least seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled at any time after the minimum posting period has ended. Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.