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 Insect Keeper Intern

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

The Insect Keeper internship involves hands-on work with all non-venomous invertebrates and other animals at the Butterfly House. Interns will help maintain the collection and help process shipments. This will include feeding, tank cleaning and, when needed, tank set-up. Weekend and summer interns will be required to spend time in the classroom for hands-on demonstrations with education animals after completing animal handling training.

Interns will be responsible for following all USDA/APHIS requirements and animal record guidelines. Interns will have direct interaction with the public and should be capable of answering questions about the butterflies and animals at the Butterfly House. They must also be willing to help educate the public about animals and their interactions with the natural world.

140 hour minimum commitment (will adjust to meet school requirements)
Related coursework or experience in area
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 Laura Chisholm;