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Daytona Beach Intern Learns the Principles of Successful Management!

This guest post was written by Alex, about his intern experience with us this summer.

I am a senior at the University of Central Florida, majoring in Business Management. Having previously been a part of the Yellowstone Landscape family I reached out to them for an internship opportunity. I was very fortunate to be accepted into the program where I have gained managerial and technical experience, and plenty of professional skills! As I began this program I knew I wanted to develop myself professionally while adding value to the team in Daytona Beach.

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Valuable Lessons Learned by Palm Coast IT Intern

This guest post was written by Evan, about his intern experience with us this summer.

Before starting my summer internship at Yellowstone Landscape, I had never worked in an IT Department. My only exposure to computer systems was self-taught and through classes at the University of North Florida.  These varied types of hands-on experiences have shown me how broad Information Technology is!

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Houston Construction Intern Builds Technical and Professional Skills!

This guest post was written by Zach, about his intern experience with us this summer.

I am a junior at Mississippi State University majoring in Landscape Architecture and Landscape Contracting. When I was introduced to Yellowstone Landscape by a professor, I was excited about interning at a company with an outstanding reputation. After communicating with their recruiter, Lisa Hall, and learning about the diverse opportunities available, I knew I had to intern at Yellowstone Landscape. Lisa helped with my transition into the program and was there from beginning to end. She is a huge influence in the program and helps interns in any way she can.

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UF Student Returns to Orlando and a Summer of Management Opportunities!

This guest post was written by Paula, about her intern experience with us this summer. 

For the second year in a row, I’ve had an incredible summer at the Orlando South branch! Last summer, I learned the ropes of landscape maintenance; this summer has been focused on leading crews as a Landscape Superintendent. I have been tackling the parks of Celebration – a residential neighborhood and an offshoot of Disney – and building upon the work of my Mentor, Doug, who is the property’s Account Manager. I learned the most important elements of leading a crew and was charged with leading two crews myself. Together, we transformed Celebration’s landscape to achieve the perfect look for the “perfect town,” for which it is known. It feels amazing noticing a problem or being alerted of one, fixing it, then being complimented on it later by the client and residents. My eyes were opened to problems only briefly touched on in school, such as nematodes or cinch bugs in the soil or weed pressure. This priceless, hands-on experience of managing has greatly improved both my problem-solving and landscaping abilities.

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IT Intern Finds a Focused Path!

This guest post was written by Adam, about his intern experience with us this summer. 

After high school I was unsure of what direction I wanted to go.  Long story short, I was in school for a long time without any direction.  I also hadn’t worked many jobs in the Information Technology field, so when I was chosen for this internship I was hesitant.  Not because I didn’t want the job, but because my skill set was so random I worried that I would not do well at any specialized task.

This turned out to be inaccurate as the days turned into weeks and I got a better feel for the IT Department and Yellowstone Landscape’s culture.  I had only one previous IT internship and I assumed this one would be like my last, that for the most part I would be ignored and given busy work.  That has not been the case, the culture is very social, and communication is a must!  The people here care about my progress and want to make sure I not only do a good job for the company but learn at the same time.  I grew skills here that I couldn’t and didn’t get in school, skills that will serve me in my professional life for years to come.  Melody, my direct boss and one of my Mentors, is one of the best people I could work with.  She is a driving force to keep us on task and always makes time to explain how to complete those tasks.

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Tampa Intern Combines Past and Current Experiences to Gain Unique Results!

This guest post was written by Kristina, about her intern experience with us this summer. 

This spring, I finished my junior year as a Plant Science student specializing in Landscape and Nursery Horticulture at the University of Florida. I spent my previous years jumping around the plant science fields going from ethnobotanical research to organic agriculture to ornamental production. In my quest of finding what I want to do in the green industry, I’ve learned a lot from my experiences as well as the people I’ve encountered along the way. While I tried various horticultural areas I’ve always had a love for design and art; painting on the side, using my skills in Illustrator and Photoshop to make flyers, and even designing a landscape. It was after I designed a landscape on campus I realized I could combine my two loves, plants and art, to pursue a field I think I was always searching for - Landscape Design.

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Personal Interaction Builds Communication Skills and Patience for IT Intern

This guest post was written by Nick, about his intern experience with us this summer.

Coming from Florida State University I.T. classes and joining Yellowstone Landscape for the summer has provided a much-needed professional experience.  Interacting with the other interns made it easier to connect and acclimate to an unfamiliar environment.  Unlike class work, this experience helped me gain personal skills necessary in any professional environment.  This was mostly due to my time working the helpdesk which exposed me to situations I would have never been exposed to elsewhere.  Experience in troubleshooting helped me succeed at the helpdesk, but a lack of personal interaction with customers was an area I needed to improve during my time here.  Even though I am still working on it, I have improved immensely from my experiences helping users across the company.  I have developed communication skills and patience while working with company employees across the southeast.

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Central Houston Landscape Management Intern Finds His Passion and Career!

This guest post was written by Ryan, about his intern experience with us this summer.

This summer I’ve had the opportunity to Intern at Yellowstone Landscape’s Central Houston Branch.  During this time, I focused on experiencing the landscape maintenance and enhancement division.  Coming into my internship as a graduating senior from Sam Houston State University, I knew I was interested in landscape, but I didn’t know Yellowstone Landscape would make it my passion.  The company prides itself on positive interactions with others, and they make sure to start within.  Since day one, the staff has gone above and beyond to provide me with the tools to be successful and I have never dealt with a more well-rounded, fully functioning group.  It is not specific to a single department or branch either, it’s throughout the entire company.

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Charleston Interns Adapts His Skills and Excels in Irrigation

This guest post was written by Malik, about his intern experience with us this summer.

My summer with Yellowstone Landscape is the best internship experience I’ve had during my college career.  As an Agriculture Mechanization major at Clemson University, I wasn’t sure what to expect with an internship in the landscape/horticulture industry and if I had the knowledge needed to be successful despite being a Turfgrass Science and Management minor.  After talking to Charleston Branch Manager, Remington Phillips at a career fair, I realized I could adapt my skills and excel.  With an interest in irrigation he made it happen and offered me an opportunity to come on board as an Irrigation Intern and I couldn’t have been more excited!

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Arbor Intern Adds New Skills to His “Tool Belt”

This guest post was written by Colby, about his intern experience with us this summer.
 
From a very early age, I’ve had a love for trees!  Hardwood species can live hundreds of years, bearing witness to history that future generations only study.  After a few diligent seconds of deliberation, I chose to major in Forest Resource Management, minoring in Business Management, at Clemson University.  This summer, I am interning with the Charleston, South Carolina branch in their Arbor Division.  Charleston is home to the Angel Oak, which is estimated at 400-500 years old, dating this tree to be an acorn at the time of Columbus’ arrival to the New World.
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