Internships

Kimmel Orchard offers summer internships to students looking for working experience in the fields of horticulture, orchard management, natural resources, agritourism, marketing and business development. The 96-acre orchard is devoted to the production of apples, tart cherries, peaches, strawberries, pumpkins, asparagus and more.

These internships couple both hands-on work experience and in-house training programs to make this a true working/learning experience. We also provide field trips that explore the area and regional alternative, sustainable agriculture enterprises that embody alternative agriculture entrepreneurship.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email a cover letter describing your interest in this internship opportunity along with your resume to info@kimmelorchard.org.

Intern testimonials
Erin Kinnanman

I’m the Landscape Intern at Kimmel Orchard and am excited to redesign some landscape beds and assist with managing the landscape for the summer! Next fall I will be a senior at UNL studying Horticulture with an Emphasis in Landscape Design as my major and Business as a minor. I grew up in the area and am looking forward to working with native plants that I know and love. Exploring the agritourism industry will be new for me this summer, and I am interested to learn practices within the orchard and the business side of operations. My future goal is to own and operate a landscape design firm. In my free time, I enjoy exploring parks, gardening in my own landscape, putting together jigsaw puzzles, and visiting art galleries.

Morgan Von Seggern

This summer, I will be assisting Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard as an orchard intern. I’m excited to learn all there is to know about the everyday life of an orchard & vineyard, especially the U-pick operation. My journey is rooted in the small town of Wisner in northeast Nebraska, which lies along the Elkhorn River. I grew up surrounded by agronomy & horticulture. My family runs a custom farming operation, and when I was younger we also used to harvest produce from a 3-acre vegetable farm to a local farmers market. Besides farming, my family has racehorses (thoroughbreds) as a side hobby.


In May, I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture Production. During my time at UNL, I was very involved in the UNL Horticulture Club, where I served as an officer three out of four years and was key in the success of our annual poinsettia, succulent, & spring sales. I also worked for the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, a floral shop, and assisted with statewide hop research for the university while in Lincoln. When I’m not at the orchard, you can find me fishing, gardening, bowling, hammocking, hunting, and having fun with friends and family. 


I am looking forward to learning valuable information about orchards and vineyards here at Kimmel. In the future, I hope to find employment at a nursery or greenhouse where I can spread my knowledge about horticulture and the importance of plants in our everyday lives.

Morgan Duenke

I’m an agriculture education major at Northwest Missouri State University and going into my junior year. Laddonia, Missouri is my hometown where I grew up on a 2,000 acre row crop farm with horses and cattle. I’m an Ag Ed major because I want to help people understand where their food comes from and how important agriculture is. I chose Northwest because they have a great agriculture program and the supportive community that makes me feel at home. At NWMSU, I have participated in CFFA, Sigma Alpha, Colligate Farm Bureau, and Agriculture Future of America, which are all agriculturally focused clubs. I also serve on the officer teams of Sigma Alpha and Colligate Farm Bureau.


When I’m not at the orchard, you can find me driving horses, reading a book, swimming, or playing with my dogs. After I graduate from Northwest, I plan on getting my Masters in Agriculture Education Leadership from a major university. In the future, I hope to be an Ag teacher/FFA advisor at a high school in Missouri or working for a Non-Profit Organization. I hope to learn as much as I can during my time at Kimmel and share with others this fantastic experience.

Nathan Kucera

I will be starting my junior year this fall at Northwest Missouri State studying Agricultural Business. I grew up in Omaha but also spent a lot of time at our family farm where I developed a love for the outdoors. At Northwest, I am involved in designing and building the sets for theater productions and also in the Eagle Scout fraternity Epsilon Tau Pi.


I hope to learn about what it takes to run and manage an orchard as well as a little bit of the business of the orchard. It will be interesting to learn about all the behind the scenes work that happens week in and week out to prepare for all the people to come and pick the delicious fruit. I am excited to see what I can learn and where this opportunity takes me!

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