The purpose of the Botanical Medicine Learning Internship is to provide students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and experience in the area of herbal medicine. The internship will explore aspects of herbal medicine from the biochemistry of medicinal plants to the design, construction and sustainable maintenance of a local historic herb garden to be used as an educational tool.
Our goals are: 1) to develop skills with our interns for use and maintenance of medicinal herb gardens; 2) to explore the academic basis and professional knowledge skills necessary for undertaking alternative and naturopathic medicine careers related to herbal medicine and; 3) to disseminate this information to the public.
During the course of this internship, interns will create and manage a garden for this purpose. Emphasis will be placed on providing service to the community through education as well as improvement of public grounds. As a special component, a website will be created for to share all that has been learned in the course of the program with a broad range of people.
Components of the Program
There are three basic learning components to the botanical medicine learning internship program. The first consists of horticulture and landscaping. The second component is education and technology. The third component is research into the pharmacology and chemistry of plants.
Horticulture and Landscaping Component
The horticulture and landscaping component of the program consists of all activities involved in developing and maintaining a garden. This includes:
· learning about plant characteristics and use, considering soil type, microclimates, phenology, and aesthetics.
· preparing the gardens for planting, watering, weeding, pruning, deadheading, fertilizing, mulching, maintaining paths, cultivating and cleaning out plant beds, maintaining trees, relocating plants and trees, eliminating plants and trees, controlling pests, and applying herbicide; and
· restructuring or altogether creating gardens, including design, development, and sustainable maintenance
Technology and Education Component
The technology component consists of working with various technological software and hardware that will be integrated with work on and in the gardens to improve both the management of the gardens and the ability of FHG to meet its mission of public education. Such technology includes, but may not be limited to:
· digital image manipulation (Adobe Photoshop)
· mapping (ArcView and Global Positioning Satellite technology)
· website design, programming, and maintenance
· digital camera technology
· palm pilot technology
The research component consists of working with all relevant programs to develop an understanding of the pharmacology and biochemistry of medicinal plants and the comparison of such knowledge with non-scientifically based cultural views and uses of the same plants. Such knowledge will be compiled for each plant present in the garden maintained by the intern, and the information will be made accessible to the public via the technology components of the internship.
Integrated into the internship are particular special activities that interns may take advantage of to increase their knowledge and experience, and ultimately their professional skills. These activities can be selected to suit the needs of individual interns:
Teaching Assistant, The Biology of Public Gardens
· Interns may serve as an instructor in a course that fulfills a laboratory natural science graduation requirement at Hiram College.
Fundraising and Money Management
· Interns may have the opportunity to work with the FHG treasurer and the FHG board on developing and implementing fundraising plans and activities.
· Interns may develop particular projects for the FHG.
· Interns may participate in field trips to various gardens and gardening establishments to broaden their scope of understanding of horticulture and garden management, as well as to inspire them as they visit organizations with different missions, goals and budgets.
· Interns have the opportunity to serve as student members of the FHG board.
The Hiram Public Gardens maintains its goals of providing both beautiful gardens and educational opportunities for the benefit of the Hiram community. The botanical Medicine Learning Internship provides community service in the forms of public education and outreach, as well as aesthetic improvement of the community. Interns themselves will benefit in many ways from the program, especially in the development of skills for becoming a professional in the fields of alternative medicine and horticulture. As such, there are very specific skills that the Internship Program hopes to develop in its interns to help them grow into young professionals who can further contribute to their communities in the future. Such skills are:
General Business Skill and Knowledge; i.e. Accounting and Finance
· Interns will work with the FHG treasurer on fund raising, maintaining budgets, and dispersing money for projects
Organization and Management
· Interns are given freedom to work with informed independence to accomplish tasks; as such, interns are encouraged to be self-motivated, organized, and capable of managing their own work to meet needs, standards, and deadlines of the FHG.
· Interns are given extensive opportunities to use their critical thinking and problem-solving skills to make informed independent decisions on how to accomplish given tasks.
· Through interaction with the FHG professionals and fellow interns, interns will develop strong interpersonal skills, including oral and written communication, teamwork, negotiation, networking, and presentation skills.
· Interns will work extensively with technology in tandem with garden work to better provide for garden management and the Hiram community.
· Interns will develop specialty skills regarding horticulture, landscaping, and various technologies.
Logistics of the Service Learning Internship Program
· Number of Positions: 1
· Time Frame of the Program: mid-August to late November
· Hours of Work: up to 16-20 hours per week
· Compensation : none
· Who is Eligible - Juniors and Seniors majoring in Biology
· Academic Credit - 4 hours of Biology 498 Internship
· Application Requirements: none
· Contact Information: Professor Denny Taylor, TaylorDJ@Hiram.edu