My name is Michael Schleining and I’m a graduating senior in Environmental Horticulture and the President of Pi Alpha Xi, the National Honor Society for Horticulture. This summer, I had the opportunity to briefly join an amazing team at Arbor Valley Nursery in Brighton, Colorado and expand my formal education through an internship.
There was an outstanding balance between labor and tasks that were more intellectual. The internship was structured perfectly, and I experienced all facets of the business. I was able to observe leadership meetings, learn the financials of the company and was comfortable enough to critique areas of the business – nothing was off limits. At the end of the internship, I created a weed management plan and showcased the skills I learned in school.
I cannot stress enough how beneficial internships are for students. They help solidify topics we are learning in classes and provide a great taste of day-to-day business and culture that may not be learned in class.