Internship Opportunities
The Garden offers unpaid internships designed for you to obtain academic credit or credentials to fulfill requirements of an apprenticeship or to experience professional development, perhaps in an area new to your career.  Unpaid interns receive free admission to the Garden, as well as discounts at our retail shops and Sassafras Cafe during the internship period.

We offer unpaid internships in a variety of areas:

  • Administration
  • Communications
  • Customer Service/Hospitality
  • Education
  • Horticulture
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Retail Services
  • Science and Conservation

If you are looking for paid internships please look on our jobs page here.


Internships Unpaid
Internships Paid
Current Openings - Unpaid Internships

Butterfly House Project Pollinator Intern


Project Pollinator Intern     
Classification:  Part time, Intern (unpaid)
Dept/Div:  Butterfly House


This internship provides practical, hands-on work experience in designing native habitats for pollinators and educating visitors about pollinators and how we can support them in our landscapes. Interns will assist the Education and Horticulture staff in maintaining native gardens both at the Butterfly House and at community sites where the Butterfly House has worked. In addition, there will be many opportunities for interacting with the public in our Native Habitat garden and teaching them about pollinators. Interns will teach both adults and children and will also have the chance to help design signs or other education materials. Interns will have direct contact with visitors and be responsible for answering general questions about the Butterfly House including questions about the plant collection and general butterfly questions. Internship requires an interest in education, horticulture, environmental science, or a related biological field, and the ability to work under hot conditions.

Basic internship requirements: 

  • 140-hour minimum commitment (will adjust to meet school requirements)
  • Related coursework or experience in area of internship
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • High school seniors entering college in the fall are accepted on a case-by-case basis

To apply for an internship, please complete the internship application and submit cover letter and resume to

Application deadlines:

  • Spring - November 15
  • Summer- March 15
  • Fall – July 15