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 Volunteer and Visitor Services Intern


Volunteer and Visitor Services Intern    
Classification:  Part time, Intern (unpaid)
Dept/Div:  Butterfly House


The Guest and Volunteer Services internship will provide plenty of practical experience in working in the tourist industry and managing a diverse group of volunteers. Interns will assist the Guest Services Coordinator with greeting and assisting guests, meeting group sales and education classes, maintenance of the facility, and answering questions from guests about all aspects of the Butterfly House. Interns will be actively involved in recruitment and training of new volunteers, volunteer scheduling, and supervision of our volunteers.

Applicants should have excellent communication skills, an enthusiastic demeanor, and a willingness to get involved. Requirements are an interest in working with people, coursework in communications, public relations, and/or management, and the ability to work on some weekends. Human Resource issues will be covered as they relate to volunteers. ADA issues that relate to volunteers and customer needs will be addressed as well.

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