AHTA Internship Sites and Contact Information

The following information was provided to AHTA by the site. It is the responsibility of the intern to verify all pertinent information. For Internship Site questions, please contact the site directly.

Organization Contact Comments

Abe's Garden: Alzheimer's and Memory Care Center of Excellence
115 Woodmont Blvd
Nashville, TN 37205

Debra Edwards, HTR
[email protected]

Visit our website to learn more.

Type of Facility: Assisted Living/ Residential & adult day, memory care

HTR Onsite: Yes

Abramson Center for Jewish Life
1425 Horsham Road
North Wales, PA 19454

Mona Gold, HTM 
[email protected]

Flexible time length of duration of internship; free Lunch bistro up to five dollars a day; flexible schedule 

Type of facility: compassionate care to seniors

HTR/HTM Onsite: Yes

Bon Secours Charity Health System, Inc.-Garden Ministry
255 Lafayette Ave.
Attn: Anne Meore-Garden Ministry
Suffern, NY 10901

Anne Meore, HTR
[email protected]

Locations of this internship are in Suffern, Warwick & Port Jervis, NY. Travel with you own vehicle is required. Stipend available to assist with travel costs.

Type of Facility/Population: Medical/chemical dependency/assisted living/sub acute rehab/long
term care; chemical dependency/people with disabilities/assisted living.

Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital
414 Paoli Pike
HT Dept.
Malvern, PA 19355

Pam Young, HTR
[email protected]

We are a year round HT program in a physical rehab hospital that primarily services stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury and orthopedic populations, as well as other diagnosis. The HT program is goal oriented and an integral part of a patient’s treatment plan. HT therapy sessions take place in our greenhouse, Enabling Garden and our activities center. Tours are provided by calling or emailing me to set up a time.

Type of Facility/ Population: Physical Rehab.; 18 Yrs and Older

HTR/HTM Onsite: Yes

Not Paid.

Cooperriis Inc.
101 Healing Farm Ln
Mill Spring, NC 28756

Markus Wullimann
[email protected]

Three month duration; work schedule is Monday-Friday; Room and board provided

Type of Facility: Residential mental illness

HTR Onsite: Yes

Crittenton Children's Center 
10918 Elm Ave
Kansas City, MO 64114

Sandy Wessling
[email protected]

Three month duration of internship; work schedule would be daily 

Type of Facility: childrens' psychiatric hospital

HTR Onsite: Yes

Legacy Health
1015 NW 22nd Ave. Suite 529
Portland, OR 97210

Teresia Hazen
[email protected]

Visit our website for more therapeutic garden program information. Interviews and application process starts at least 6 months out. Train with four HTRs across four seasons.

Type of Facility: Eight hospitals with patient HT, visitor and employee wellness programs year-round in 12 therapeutic gardens. Legacy is a teaching hospital system with focus on continued professional training, learning and practice with several hospital and community-based populations.

HTR Onsite: Yes

MossRehab/Einstein at Elkins Park | The Alica and Herbert Sachs Conservatory
60 Township Line Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027

Abby Jaroslow, HTR, CH
215-663-7177
[email protected]

See PDF for more information. 

Type of Facility: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

HTR Onsite: Yes

Racine County UW-Extension - Green Works
209 North Main Street
Burlington, WI 53105

Patti Nagai
[email protected]

Depending on the intern's length of commitment and our ability to garner additional grant funds, we may be able to offer a stipend for an intern. Our Green Works program for adults with disabilities is designed to provide pre-vocational and therapeutic horticulture experiences for a variety of participants. We partner with many local agencies and teach classes weekly. We have a greenhouse and many gardens to use for skills training and well being. The Green Works program is run by the Horticulture Educator, a program assistant, and 15 20 dedicated and well-trained Master Gardener volunteers. Many of our volunteers  have extensive experience in special education and occupational therapy; all have received continued education in horticulture and training on working with adults with various disabilities. We focus on what we can do and how to enjoy our environment.

Type of Facility/Population: Community education/government; Veterans, Adults with
Developmental Disabilities, Adults with physical disabilities

HTR/HTM Onsite: No

Not Paid.

Skyland Trail
1961 North Druid Hills Road
Atlanta, GA 30329

Libba Shortridge, HTR
[email protected]

An internship opportunity at Skyland Trail offers an opportunity to be a vital part of the "Skyland Team," including clinicians, pastoral and career counselors, other interns, and the infamous "A Team" (adjunctive therapy team) including music, recreation and art therapists. There are three on going horticultural therapy programs occurring on 3 campuses: therapeutic groups; vocational sessions; and afternoon wellness programs. Experiential learning and ownership opportunities are our hallmark.

Type of Facility/Population: Psychiatric Treatment Center; We offer intensive residential and nonresidential day treatment programs to help adults living with mental illness improve functionality and quality of life, through both symptom management and the development of new skills and perspectives.

HTR/HTM Onsite: Yes

Texas State University Living Library Garden, Greenhouse, Compost Site and Floral Lab
307 Agriculture Building
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666

Tina Waliczek Cade, HTR
[email protected]

Visit our website to learn more.

Type of Facility/Population: University gardens, greenhouse, floral design studio, large scale composting operation, rainwater collection tanks, compost tea brewer, bee hives, vermicomposting operation. We host juvenile and adult offenders on site.

HTR/HTM Onsite: Yes

Not Paid.

Earthtones Northwest
5441 SE Belmont Street
Portland, OR 97215

Genevieve Layman, HTR
[email protected]

The internship program at Earthtones (EMTS) is designed to provide a background in the theory and application of horticultural therapy as a treatment modality for diverse populations of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. The program provides an opportunity for interns to explore therapeutic styles, skills and values, gaining experience in both the therapeutic aspect as well as the horticultural aspects of the professional horticultural therapist. In addition, interns will develop professional relationships within the community and on a consistent and collaborative basis with music therapy interns and Board Certified Music Therapists. The Earthtones internship model is aligned with our music therapy internship, and requires 700 hours of direct, non direct and horticultural services. All EMTS internships (music and horticultural therapy) begin in either July or January. Please contact Genevieve Layman, HTR for in- depth details and application.

Type of Facility/ Population: Music and horticultural therapy agency; Outreach site providing services to adults with DD, mental health issues, assisted living, memory care and others.

HTR/HTM Onsite: Yes

Grand Rapids Home for Veterans
3000 Monroe Ave. NW.
Grand Rapids, WI 49505

Betsy Brown, HTR
[email protected]

I currently conduct hort therapy sessions on the units, in the dining rooms, open to whoever wishes to participate. While there is a greenhouse on site, I am working with people unable to get out to it.

Type of Facility/Population: Home for veterans - not a hospital; aging population, mostly men, all disabilities including Alzheimer's.

HTR/HTM Onsite: Yes

Perry Point VA Medical Center
Perry Point, MD 21902

Ellen Jones, HTR
[email protected]

Ms. Jones extention is 5850. Call for more info. VA has contract with Rutgers University for HT internship at Perry Point through their Plant Science program. Student must go through the University. Alternative for experience but not official internship is to complete application process and orientation through our Voluntary Service and volunteer for a period of time in HT. However, there would be significantly more limits as to what student was allowed to do within the program. Free housing could be provided with a year advance notice.

Type of Facility/Population: VA Medical Center; Veterans.

HTR/HTM Onsite: Yes

Allies, Inc - Project Grow
Mercer County Community College West Windsor Campus 1200 Old Trenton Road West Windsor, NJ 08550

MaryAnne McMillan, HTR
[email protected]

Possibly a part time paid position will become available through a grant we have secured. Opportunity to work with Community volunteers- corporate and community organizations. We plan to introduce some gardening programming to inner city youth. Great opportunity to work with Special needs children and adults, inner city youth and hands on experience in an established HT program with a seasonal garden.

Type of Facility/Population: This is an HT & Vocational training program run at a community college horticulture department facility; Individuals with Special Needs, ages 14 and above.

HTR/HTM Onsite: Yes

NYU Langone Medical Center / Rusk Rehab
NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases /Rusk Rehab
301 East 17th Street #1300
New York, NY 10003

Gwenn Fried
[email protected]

Additional populations: Seniors, pediatric acute care, pediatric oncology, Alzheimer’s and dementia, special need school/camp programs, vocational and pre-vocational training.

Type of Facility/Population: Rehabilitation Hospital; Physical Rehab, SCI, TBI, NTBI adult and pediatric.

HTR/HTM Onsite: Yes

The Greenhouse at Wilmot Gardens
University of Florida
1427 Gale Lemerand Dr.
PO Box 103560
Gainesville, FL 32610

Leah Diehl, HTM
[email protected]

Although the greenhouse is open in the summer, currently we do not have programming during that time because of the heat. Our programming roughly follows the semester schedule of the University of Florida. We do not have a paid internship at this time but we do write grants for our program and depending on timing and funding sources, there may be minor funding available.

Type of Facility/Population: Therapeutic horticulture programming and research; we work with a variety of populations that can change from year to year.

HTR/HTM Onsite: Yes

Sentara Nursing/Rehab. Center, Windermere
1604 Old Donation Parkway
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Deborah Freeman, HTR
[email protected]
Type of Facility/Population: Long Term Care and Rehabilitation; elderly.

University of Tennessee Gardens
252 Ellington Plant Sciences
2431 Joe Johnson Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37996

Derrick Stowell, HTR
[email protected]
Type of Facility: Public garden

HTR Onsite: Yes

Not Paid