TOCA Internships – Media and Marketing Communications

The Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) Foundation offers the TOCA marketing internship.

The marketing internship program is funded through the TOCA Foundation by Den and Sandy Gardner and Dave Hansen. The Gardners are owners of Gardner & Gardner Communications, a marketing/association management firm based in New Prague, MN. Hansen is the Partner/CEO of Swanson Russell, a marketing communications firm based in Lincoln, NE.

Under this new internship program, TOCA will coordinate the internship program and selection. TOCA member companies that are involved in public relations activities will host the intern. This is a five-year commitment by Hansen and the Gardners.

The 2020 intern will be hosted by Project EverGreen. Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2020 internship.


  • Internship will be worth $5,000 — $4,000 as a stipend and $1,000 to be used to attend and assist in the execution of the TOCA annual meeting in April 2020.
  • The internship will be 8-10 weeks long and begin approximately in May 2020.
  • The deadline for applying to host the intern is mid-December. The host organization will be chosen by the end of this year.
  • Student applications are due April 15.
  • Intern will be chosen by a representative of the host organization, along with a representative of the sponsoring parties, plus one board member and/or the chair of the TOCA Futures Committee.


The Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) is now in year six of the TOCA Media internship program.   Sponsored by Bayer, the internship program involves the selection of a college student for an eight- to 10-week summer employment with a green industry publication that’s a member of TOCA. 

2018 and 2019 TOCA intern Parker Stancil (right), with Jon Kiger from media host TurfNet, and course host assistant superintendent Kristian Jensen.


For more information, email/call Kristy Mach at the TOCA office for more information – or (952/758-6340).