Here at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club we offer a summer internship within our golf course maintenance operation. Most of our students are enrolled in two or four year turfgrass degree or related programs. The internship program has seen over 35 students throughout the past 8 years coming from all over the world. We have many past students who have moved on to become very successful within the Turfgrass industry.
During the course of an internship students will receive training and gain valuable experience for the future. We manage the program as an extension to the classroom studies. This gives the students an opportunity to use their knowledge in a work environment.
Past Intern Projects:
Pesticide & Fertilizer Applications
During an internship at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club you will gain a great deal of experience from our Integrated Pest Management program. This will include spray rig operation, calibration, application rates and tank mixing.
Our water management philosophy here at RTJGC is a high management program. This involves micro management on all areas of the golf course. The aim is to keep the playing conditions hard and fast. This means all surfaces are monitored throughout the day checking for moisture. There is a dedicated crew of up to 30 people continually checking the surfaces. We break the golf course into sections. This is where the interns will be given the responsibility of managing a section of greens throughout a heat stress period.
Irrigation Repair & Maintenance
The experience that you will gain in this field will be extensive, you will be involved in all aspects of irrigation work. We are always fine tuning our irrigation system throughout the year, continuously checking flow of nozzles and installing new irrigation lines.
Our golf course setup meets tournament standards on a daily basis. We change cups and move tee markers while taking into consideration playability and the balance of play. We are constantly monitoring green speeds to ensure we are producing the best possible putting surfaces.
You will play a major role in all aspects of renovation week. Including duties of aerating, top dressing and fertilizing.
We have just completed the construction and seeding of our new shortgame pratice area. Work will continue to grow in and prepare for opening in September 2012.
You will gain a great deal of experience on all types of walking and riding mowers, greens rollers, sand pros and tractors.
Ornamental Care and Planting
We have 10 acres of ornamental beds that add to the beauty of the golf course. There is a dedicated crew that looks after all these areas.
The experience you will gain at RTJGC will greatly benefit your future career prospects, and help you to make that next step on your career path.
|Member Guest Putting Green
||New Tee Seeding|
|Shortgame Practice Area Construction
We provide all housing free of charge at a luxury apartment complex less than a mile from the Golf Club.
We will provide you with work shirts as part of your uniform.
There will be many opportunities to play golf and interact with other Superintendent's from the local area. You will get the chance to play in a local GCSAA Superintendent's Tournament.
We provide lunch five days a week.
All interns are given the opportunity to participate in the Annual RTJGC Scholarship Tournament. After the tournament there will be a dinner, in which scholarships are awarded to students that have shown enthusiasm and a willingness to learn in all facets of the golf course operations.
Networking & Future Employment
RTJGC is a well known Golf Club in the Mid-Atlantic region. There are many past Assistants that are now Superintendents. There are always future opportunities for employment here or in this region following a successful internship.
PGA Tournament Event
Interns are given the opportunity to volunteer for a PGA TOUR event.
Intern Class of 2011
Intern Class of 2010
2011 Interns at the US Open
To apply for the 2013 internship program please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to contact us for any further information or questions.
Scott Furlong, CGCS
20 Turtle Point Drive
Gainesville, VA, 20155