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
  • Butterfly House

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


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EarthWays Center Marketing and Events

EarthWays Center Marketing and Green Team Intern     
Classification:  Part time, Intern (unpaid)
Dept/Div:  EarthWays Center

The Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center (EWC) can offer one unpaid Marketing and Green Team Intern in the spring, fall and winter each year. As part of the Garden’s Sustainability division, EWC works to promote and advance sustainability initiatives in the St. Louis region and beyond. We promote sustainability through environmental education and improving the built environment. By educating people about our dependence on plants and the natural resources that support plant communities, we teach adults and youth to value and protect the things that sustain our families and communities. (

EWC works closely with the building industry through partnerships with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Missouri Gateway Chapter (USGBC), MO / IL St. Louis Regional Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program, and other professional groups. Our education programming spans a wide breadth, including adult classes, and youth programs delivered both in schools and universities and at the Garden. Topics addressed through EWC programs include energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy, solid waste reduction and recycling, green building, water conservation, and air quality.

This particular intern will support these efforts and learn more about this field of work by directly assisting in the planning, preparation, promotion and production of primarily the Green Living Festival (spring and summer) and secondarily assisting with the Garden’s Green Team, TerraCycling efforts, production of EWC’s quarterly eNewsletter (blog format) and daily social media needs. Below is a current description of two main action items:

The first Saturday of June (annually)
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Annual Green Living Festival (previously the Green Homes Festival)

Description: Help your family live green! Celebrate sustainable living and learn more about energy efficiency, sustainability, NatureScaping and more! Bring your home improvement ideas and talk with over 40 green product and service exhibitors and experts. Kids will enjoy a recycled art project, solar cars, solar oven s’mores, and more. Experts from all areas of sustainability will gather together to share their ideas and resources. Enjoy great demonstrations and presentations about the many ways that plants, air, water, soil and energy sustain our homes and planet. And, visit with eco-friendly food vendors at this fun family event. More details at:

Year Round
Bi-monthly meetings are held starting with January Various Campaigns / Intern to focus on Coordination of TerraCycling collection

The Garden’s Green Team includes representatives from all Garden buildings and from our off-site locations: the Shaw Nature Reserve, the Butterfly House and the Litzsinger Road Ecology Center. Meeting monthly, the Green Team works collectively to implement sustainable office operations throughout the Garden. The team also hosts monthly lunch-and-learn opportunities, cultivating a broad sustainability knowledge base that Garden employees can apply in all working areas. More details about the Garden’s Green Team at:

Some specific responsibilities for this position will include:

  • Assisting with recruitment of event donors (attendance prize, food + bev, monetary), vendors and other potential participants via email, phone calls, and direct meetings
  • Contributing to and maintaining database information
  • Assisting with event planning, preparation and promotion through a variety of media
  • Assisting with event on event date (see above) and the week before and after
  • Supplying support and expertise to any and all event related actions required
  • Coordination / display of attendance prizes, from registered donors
  • Assisting with various Green Team projects including TerraCycle sorting and shipping

Preferred skills include:


  • Familiarity with “green” terminology
  • Comfortable on the phone, particularly with “cold-calls” to our list of potential or previous participants
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (examples of writing for blogs a plus)
  • Creative problem solving and ability to voice an idea
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team setting
  • Strong initiative and follow-through; detail oriented
  • Familiarity and comfort with (Microsoft Office word, excel spread sheets)
  • Comfortable with social media posting (Instagram, Pinterest, hashtags Etc.)
  • Experience with web content management system is a plus (updating text / images)
  • Attention to detail for fact checking and proofreading
  • Ability for moderate lifting and moderate to heavy walking (day of event only)


The intern will work primarily with EWC staff member, Joyce Gorrell, Sustainability Projects Coordinator. However, the intern will have the opportunity to interact and learn from other EWC, Garden & USGBC staff as well.

EWC intern candidates are expected to work 15 - 20 hours/week. These positions are voluntary and therefore unpaid. Candidates need to have completed at least one year of undergraduate work and have some interest and/or experience in the environmental field. Missouri Botanical Garden requires that candidates for any position involving work with children must complete a background verification check.


Interested candidates should email a cover letter and copy of their resume to the contact listed below.


Application timeline:

  • Summer 2019: May-August (application deadline: April 1, or until position is filled)
  • Fall 2019: September – mid-December (application deadline: July 15, or until position is filled)
  • Spring 2020: mid-January – May (application deadline: Nov 15, or until position is filled)

Event Intern Contact:       
Joyce Gorrell

EarthWays Center, Sustainability Projects Coordinator