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CAN! Research offers student research internships to provide valuable hands-on educational experience to prepare horticulture students for rapidly growing cannabis industries.

Cannabis Horticultural Internship Program

Internship Description

Position title: Cannabis Horticultural Intern


Education: any of the following or equivalent:

  • BS in science that includes some botany or horticultural science
  • Completed more than half of major coursework in a BS Horticultural Science degree program
  • Earned Certificate of Completion in CAN! Education's Cannabis Horticultural Science Course, or equivalent program
  • Over five years' experience cultivating cannabis with ability to demonstrate knowledge and competency in horticultural science

Computer skills: MS Excel, MS Word, video- & photo-editing, MS Office

Other skills & qualifications: dependability, honesty, have reliable transportation, clean criminal record, digital SLR camera operation, has mobile phone with texting, interpersonal communication skills, organizational skills, strong motivation to learn

Duties and responsibilities: see Learning Objectives and Learning Activities.  This is an unpaid internship with no benefits or exchange of remuneration for services.

Start Date: TBD

End Date:  TBD

Time commitment: 10 hours per week, including 1 hour of instruction

Supervision & Instruction

Intern shall be supervised and instructed by CAN! Research President, Todd Dalotto.  Todd has an HBS in Horticultural Research from Oregon State University and over twenty years' experience in the science, industries, and public policy of industrial, nutritional, and medicinal cannabis.  Supervisor will provide guidance and instruction, where appropriate, for the Intern to perform duties and achieve learning objectives.  Supervisor will be available most times for supervision and assistance during Intern's time working in CAN office and/or field.  Supervisor will often reserve instruction to allow Intern to learn and find solutions on his/her own.

Performance Evaluation

Supervisor and Intern shall meet at least once per month during the internship for the purpose of informally evaluating progress on the learning objectives, activities, and duties.  Within two weeks after the end of the internship, supervisor shall provide Intern with a written evaluation and A to F grading, including work performance, achievement of learning objectives, and other criteria.

Learning Objectives:

Academic Learning and Application

  • Become familiar with and gain/improve skills & experience in crop production techniques, cultural practices, pest management, site management, mutualistic relationships, physiological development, growth, reproduction, harvest, research, breeding, and post-harvest procedures of cannabis in a Hoophouse (semi-passive greenhouse) production system
  • Experience a full natural season of Hoophouse production, from propagation through post-harvest processing
  • Earn college credit (subject to agreement with participating institutions)

Skill Development

  • Develop skills in identification, monitoring, treatment, and prevention of pests
  • Develop skills in pruning, equipment maintenance & operation, nutrient management, pollen collection, pollination, soil management, harvest procedures, drying, de-stemming, trimming, packaging, weighing, storage, data collection, quality control, and other horticultural skills
  • Develop problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Develop skills in leadership and task management
  • Develop skills in the application of theory to practical work situations

Personal Development

  • Develop a clearer sense of career path
  • Develop  self-confidence in the professional atmosphere
  • Develop interpersonal communication skills

Learning Activities:

  • Perform horticultural tasks and procedures including, but not limited to: transplanting, making plant selections, pest & disease monitoring, predator species release, biocontrol applications, pruning, fertilizer applications, weeding, composting, pollen collecting, pollination, photography (harvest record and sights of interest), harvest procedures, drying, trimming, weighing, storage, seed cleaning, quality control, maintenance & calibration (of tools & equipment)
  • Carry-out research protocol provided by CAN
  • Understand the data is being recorded, how to record it, and why data is relevant
  • Utilize data for decision-making and research
  • Participation in educational and industry events

CAN! Responsibilities

  • Provide orientation, training, precautionary safety instructions, and supervision necessary for Intern to carry out his/her responsibilities
  • Provide at least 1 hour of direct instruction and supervision per week
  • Provide a safe working environment
  • Comply with Federal Laws prohibiting discrimination and afford all applicants equal consideration regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or veteran status.
  • Assign an experienced professional(s) who has expertise in the content area of the internship to supervise the intern throughout the internship.
  • Provide a positive supervisory experience that encourages the professional, academic, and personal growth of the intern.
  • Assist the intern in developing and achieving personal learning objectives.
  • Provide consistent and appropriate feedback through informal and formal evaluations.
  • Provide Intern and Intern's Faculty Sponsor (if applicable) with the Final Internship Assessment within two weeks of completion of internship.
  • Provide Intern with e-credentials within two weeks of successful completion of internship.

Intern Responsibilities

  • Participate for a minimum of 10 hours per week performing Learning Activities, as described in this document, at CAN! Research's Farm
  • Follow work schedule, as mutually-agreed upon between CAN and other interns
  • Provide CAN with a resume, cover letter, and/or personal statement describing Intern's academic and career goals.
  • Approach internship in a professional manner that is guided by courtesy, a desire to learn, and a willingness to receive feedback for improvement.
  • Act in a responsible and appropriate manner in accordance with the policies and procedures of CAN.
  • Participate fully and fulfil responsibilities through to completion of the internship period
  • If internship is for college credit, establish communication between CAN and faculty sponsor or academic institution; inform CAN of any and all requirements of the academic institution

Other Terms

  • This internship experience is for the benefit of the trainee
  • Intern shall not be considered an employee of CAN! Research, and is not entitled to wages, benefits, or exchange of remuneration for time and services provided to CAN
  • Intern shall not displace regular employees
  • Intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the completion of the training period
  • CAN derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the trainee

How to Apply:

  • Send your resume, cover letter, and supporting documentation (if any) to: research@CanResearch.net.  You may include references.  Cover letter shall include:
  • Personal introduction
  • Your educational, experiential, and professional goals
  • How you envision this internship program will help you meet these goals
  • What else are you doing to achieve these goals
  • How you meet the prerequisites and qualifications for this internship
  • How you plan to support yourself throughout this 26-week unpaid internship
  • Deadline to apply is 5pm PT on TBD
  • We may contact you for further information and will notify accepted applicants by TBD.
  • Internship begins TBD, 9am PT - only those applicants who are formally accepted in writing may participate in the internship program.

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