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 Horticulture Intern

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

This internship is located at the Butterfly House in Chesterfield, Missouri.

The internship provides practical, hands-on work experience in a unique garden setting. Interns will assist the Horticulture staff and volunteers in maintaining the tropical conservatory garden, native habitats, prairie garden, annual garden, and grounds. Duties include, but are not limited to, planting, pruning, watering, and pest management. 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 horticulture, coursework in botany or horticulture, working on or recently completed a degree in a biological field, and the ability to work under hot conditions.

140 hour minimum commitment; minimum of one four-hour shift per week, not to exceed 16 hours per week (will adjust to meet school requirements)
Related coursework or experience in a related field
2.5 Cumulative GPA

High school seniors entering college in the fall are accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Internship dates: (3½ months)
Summer: May – mid-August (application deadline: March 1)
Fall: September – mid-December (application deadline: August 15)
Spring: mid-January – April (application deadline: November 15)
Hours: part time/20 hours per week; full time/37.5 hours per week

Apply now by emailing a cover letter and resume to Lisa Williams;