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 Entomology Intern


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


The entomology 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.

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