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.

 Opportunities

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Current Openings - Unpaid Internships

Graphic Design Intern –Communications

 

Graphic Design Intern    
Classification:  Part time, Intern (unpaid)
Dept/Div:  Communications

 

Are you looking for real experience to help boost your resume and add recognizable pieces to your portfolio? Our graphic design internship is the perfect opportunity to learn what they didn't teach you in school!

Based on skill and aptitude, the design intern will participate in the complete creative cycle — design, proofing, production, quote printing, and office skills. Recent interns have designed ads, posters, invitations, an education course catalog, a billboard, and handled all the support pieces for the Japanese Festival (attendance of 35,000 people). The Missouri Botanical Garden is easily recognized by interviewers reviewing your resume and portfolio.

Qualifications:
Recent grads or students that are near completing their B.A. in Graphic Design.
Proficiency in InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, Mac OSX platform, scanning, and color correction. Must have own transportation.

Internship dates: (3½ months)
Summer: May – mid-August 
Fall: September – mid-December 
Spring: January – April 
Hours: part-time, minimum 20 hours/week; flexible schedule

Compensation:
Unpaid, but may be arranged for college credit. Includes free admission to the
Garden, its festivals and events, and its off-site family of attractions.

Apply now by contacting Ellen Flesch, Creative Services Supervisor. Send resume and a pdf of 10 design samples.

 

Photography Intern–Communications

 

Photography Intern    
Classification:  Part time, Intern (unpaid)
Dept/Div:  Communications

 

The Photography Intern at the Missouri Botanical Garden will function as a staff photographer. They will be sent on a wide variety of different types of photo assignments including events, grip-and-grins, landscape beauty shots, macros, and editorial images. They will also be trained to coordinate photo requests and archive/process digital files. Recent interns have had their photos published in the Garden’s Bulletin magazine, ads in a variety of newspapers and magazines, and on Garden posters, flyers, and other support pieces.

Qualifications:
Recent grads or students that are near completing their B.A. in Photography/Arts. Coursework completed in photography, specializing in digital cameras. Proficiency in Photoshop for Mac OSX Platform, scanning, and color correction. Video camera and basic editing skills a plus. Must have your own digital camera, cell phone, and transportation.

Internship dates: (3½ months)
Summer: May – mid-August 
Fall: September – mid-December
Spring: January – April
Hours: part time, 20 hours per week

Compensation:
Unpaid, but may be arranged for college credit. Includes free admission to the
Garden, its festivals and events, and its off-site family of attractions

Apply now by contacting John Dedeke, Content Managing Editor. Send resume and a pdf of 10 photo samples.

EarthWays Center Energy Efficiency Programs/Sunflower Internship

The Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center (EWC) is offering one unpaid internship positions for the spring of 2017. 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. (www.mobot.org/sustainability)

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.

During the spring of 2017, the EWC Events intern will support these efforts and learn more about this field of work by directly assisting in the management of our Energy Efficiency Programs as well as hands on field experience in our Sunflower+ Project site in Old North. Below is a description of the activities:

Sunflower+ Project: StL
Sunflower+ is an award winning project focused on short term, sustainable use of vacant urban land in the city of St. Louis. Our multi- year project involves sunflowers in order to enrich soil and provide a low cost, scalable example of visualizing vacant lots as an asset. More details at: https://www.facebook.com/SunflowerProjectstl

Energy Efficiency Programs Management
EWC helps manage energy efficiency rebate, incentive, loan and training programs in Missouri and Illinois. These programs are headed by local and state governments, utilities and other stakeholders to broaden the reach of energy efficiency, primarily in the residential sector. More details at: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/sustainability-conservation/sustainable-living/at-home.aspx

Some specific responsibilities for this position can include:
 

  • Pulling weeds, watering, seeding, etc.
  • Participating in/giving tours of the site to interested groups
  • Organizing/archiving materials, drawing, photos, etc. of the project’s documentation process
  • Update social media and web site with current info
  • Research into possible ways to expand the project
  • Organizing and working on our energy efficiency social media campaigns
  • Working with our files and records to improve organization and retrieval
  • Processing incoming requests for program participation


Preferred skills include:
 

  • Familiarity with “green” terminology
  • Comfortable on the phone.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong email skills and ability to file communications (Outlook 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
  • Familiarity with computer programs and spreadsheets in particular (MS Office)
  • Comfortable with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest)
  • Attention to detail for fact checking and proofreading
  • Ability for moderate lifting and moderate to heavy walking
  • Ability to work outside in garden project with gardening tools for up to 4 hours
  • Experience with web content management system’s a plus (updating text / images)

This intern will work primarily with EWC staff member, Richard Reilly, Energy Efficiency Programs Manager. However, the intern will have the opportunity to interact and learn from with other EWC & USGBC staff as well.

EWC intern candidates are expected to work 15-20 hours/week. The working period is approximately late January to the beginning of May. However, there is some flexibility in this timeframe to meet the needs of potential intern candidates. 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 deadline: 

  • Fall 2021: September–mid-December (application deadline: July 15, or until position is filled)
  • Spring 2022: mid-January–May (application deadline: December 15, or until position is filled)
  • Summer 2022: May–August (application deadline: April 1, or until position is filled)


Event Intern Contact: Richard Reilly, EarthWays Center, Energy Programs Manager
richard.reilly@mobot.org
(314) 577-0228

EarthWays Sustainability Education Intern

Education Intern

Classification: Part-time, Intern (unpaid)

Dept/Div: Sustainability

The Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center (EWC) offers up to two unpaid internship positions each session. Sessions are: fall (August through December); winter/spring (January through May); and summer (May through August). 

As part of the Garden’s Sustainability division, EWC works to promote and advance sustainability initiatives in the St. Louis region and beyond by supporting efforts to improve the built environment and through environmental education.

EWC works closely with the building industry through partnership with the U.S Green Building Council’s Missouri Gateway Chapter and other professional groups. Our education programming spans a wide breadth, including adult classes, public tours of the Missouri Botanical Garden, and youth programs delivered both in schools 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.

The EWC Sustainability Education Intern will support these efforts and learn more about this field of work. Some responsibilities for this position will include:

  • Sustainability education, including assisting with tours and other public education programs.
  • Assisting with classroom education programs and preparation as needed.
  • Assisting with staffing EWC informational tables and booths at regional events.
  • Assist with preparation and presentation of teacher professional development workshops.
  • Assist with efforts related to the St. Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium.
  • Informal and some publication-ready writing
  • Assisting other EarthWays staff with projects as needed

The Sustainability Education Intern will work closely with EWC staff member, Maggie McCoy Sustainability Education Coordinator. The intern will have the opportunity to interact and learn from with other EWC staff as well. As scheduling permits, the intern may attend and learn from Green Building and with other sustainability-related classes and events in which EWC staff is involved.

EWC spring/fall intern candidates are expected to work 10-12 hours/week. However, there is some flexibility in this timeframe to meet the needs of potential intern candidates. These positions are voluntary and therefore unpaid. Candidates need to have completed at least one year of undergraduate work in environmental or education related field, have some interest and/or experience in the environmental field; and experience working with children. 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.

Internship dates (4 months):

  • EarthWays Center is no longer accepting applications for Summer 2021
  • Fall 2021: September–mid-December (application deadline: July 15, or until position is filled)
  • Spring 2022: mid-January–May (application deadline: December 15, or until position is filled)
  • Summer 2022: May–August (application deadline: April 1, or until position is filled)
Sustainability Education Intern Contact:                    

Maggie McCoy
Education and Volunteer Coordinator, EarthWays Center
mmccoy@mobot.org
(314) 577-0281

 

Education School Programs Intern

 

School Programs Intern    
Classification:  Part time, Intern (unpaid)
Dept/Div:  Education

 

Are you an aspiring teacher interested in gaining some experience with informal education and life science? The School Programs team at the main garden is looking for an intern to assist with onsite field trip programs and offsite outreach programs during the school year. The intern will gain experience and assist with the following:

• Designing, preparing and presenting education programs to visiting groups of students and teachers,
• Conducting topical guided tours to visiting school groups,
• Travelling with staff members to local schools to assist with onsite outreach programs,
• Basic greenhouse maintenance, planting and propagation,
• Program evaluation and modification to fit the needs of various groups,
• Other projects as assigned.

The School Programs intern will have the opportunity to instruct students and to practice hands-on teaching, inquiry and onsite interpretation strategies. The intern will also have the opportunity to observe current teachers interacting with their students both onsite at the main garden and in their own classrooms during outreaches.

Qualifications:
Recent grads or students that are near completing degrees in Early Childhood, Elementary Education or Middle School education preferred.
Internship dates: (3½ months)
Fall: September – mid-December (application deadline: August 15)
Spring: February – mid-May (application deadline: January 15)

Hours:
Part Time, 10-20 hours per week, typically mornings (8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) with occasional afternoons.

Compensation:
Unpaid, but may be arranged for college credit. Includes free admission to the Garden, its festivals and events, and its off-site family of attractions.

Apply now by emailing a resume and cover letter to Jennifer Hartley, jennifer.hartley@mobot.org.

 

Litzsinger Road Ecology Center Place-Based Education Intern

The Litzsinger Road Ecology Center (LREC) helps teachers engage their students in place-based education: using local ecology as a framework for studying a variety of subjects while interacting with the community. Participating teachers bring their students to LREC and design relevant lesson plans to use while on site that link to related work the students are doing on the school grounds or in the neighborhood.

Located in Ladue, this unique 34-acre study center encompasses a variety of habitats including bottomland forest, restored prairie, and an urban creek.

Place-Based Education Interns at LREC will be introduced to techniques for using outdoor spaces to enhance learning, develop schoolyard native plant habitats, and engage students with their community.

This will be accomplished as they:

  • Lead small groups of school children in ecological investigations and explorations of the natural world.
  • Become familiar with the ecology and natural habitats of Missouri.
  • Interact with staff, students (pre-k-8th grade), teachers, and volunteers.

We are happy to work with you to meet any requirements necessary to earn credit for the internship. Interns also have the potential to visit school classes, participate in volunteer and teacher enrichment activities, do hands-on restoration work, and complete an independent project, depending on interest and availability.

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in a college program studying education, environmental studies, or a related field.
  • Interest in using the outdoors as educational space.
  • Enjoy working with children of all ages.


Dates:

Spring Semester (January-May)

Fall Semester (September-December)

Specific dates are flexible within this range.

Hours:

Part time, 8-20 hours per week. Scheduling is flexible within operating hours of 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday.

To apply, email Susan Baron your resume and cover letter.

Sachs Museum Curatorial Intern

The Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum at the Missouri Botanical Garden seeks interns for research and installations of future and ongoing exhibition projects and development of Museum programs. Interns will work closely with the Museum Curator to provide support and assist in a wide variety of Museum activities.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

* Packing and unpacking art and writing condition reports; tracking and reporting IPM and building climate control data

  • Object handling, cleaning and preparing exhibition cases, and installing exhibitions
  • Researching objects/artworks/artifacts/specimens for inclusion in exhibitions, label writing, and other projects as assigned.
  • Assisting Curator in researching and developing museum policies
  • Communicating Museum rules which ensure the long-term preservation of the artifacts and structure; for example, no touching of the artifacts on view, and no food or drinks.

Requirements:

  • 160 hours’ minimum commitment and a 2.8 cumulative GPA or higher
  • Ability to work some weekends
  • Ability to use a computer, and knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel
  • Ability to lift and carry a minimum weight of 20-30 pounds.
  • May be required to perform tasks at varying heights (i.e., climb ladders, etc.)
  • Must be able to meet deadlines, work autonomously as well as in a team setting, and be creative in solving problems.
  • Must be flexible and willing to work on a wide variety of projects.

Qualifications:

  • College upperclassmen or graduate students preferred, interested in learning about museum exhibitions and best practices in museums
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills; excellent research skills in digital and documentary formats
  • Interest in working with people and engaging a diverse visitorship
  • Punctual, dependable, and demonstrates accuracy and attention to detail
  • Coursework in history, art, science

Working conditions:

  • Inside Lehmann Building and inside Sachs Museum, accessible by stairs and elevator.

Apply:

Email resume and any relevant materials to Museum Curator Nezka Pfeifer.

Sachs Museum Remote Curatorial Intern

The Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum at the Missouri Botanical Garden seeks remote interns for research of future and ongoing exhibition projects and development of Museum programs. Interns will work closely with the Museum Curator to provide support and assist in a wide variety of Museum activities. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Researching exhibition subjects in all scholarly disciplines and writing thorough synopses for the Curator to explore potential projects and social media content
  • Researching and writing objects/artworks/artifacts/specimens for inclusion in exhibitions, label writing, and other projects as assigned. 
  • Assisting Curator in researching and developing museum policies, community contacts for potential collaboration, and subjects for social media communications

Requirements:

  • 160 hours’ minimum commitment and a 2.8 cumulative GPA or higher 
  • Ability to work some weekends
  • Ability to use a computer, and knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel
  • Access to a computer and internet for research; access to scholarly journals a plus but not required
  • Must be able to meet deadlines, work autonomously as well as in a team setting, and be creative in solving problems.
  • Must be flexible and willing to work on a wide variety of projects.

Qualifications:

  • College upperclassmen or graduate students preferred, interested in learning about museum exhibitions and best practices in museums 
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills; excellent research skills in digital and documentary formats
  • Interest in working with people and engaging a diverse visitorship  
  • Punctual, dependable, and demonstrates accuracy and attention to detail
  • Coursework in history, art, science

Working conditions:
Working at home or remotely, with access to own personal computer and internet connection

To Apply:
Email resumé/CV, research writing sample, and any relevant materials to Museum Curator Nezka Pfeifer

U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Intern

U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Intern

Classification: Part-time, Intern (Unpaid)

The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.

The U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter seeks an energetic and skilled part-time intern with a wide range of administrative, organizational, and technical skills to assist with general Chapter operations. The internship position will report to the Education & Green Schools Coordinator and support the activities of the Chapter’s volunteer-led committees.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist Chapter staff with various duties related to the development of marketing and outreach materials, such as event flyers and promotional materials for Chapter events
  • Maintain posts and updates regarding green building news and program announcements on Chapter website and social networking accounts  (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)
  • Engage in short term research projects to identify local green-building and sustainability resources
  • Update and print necessary literature and signage for events
  •  Place catering orders

  • Work with Chapter volunteers and staff on day-of program logistics, including event set-up/break-down, registration, nametags, food/beverage (average of one day/month)

  • Compile final attendance list for events; edit and post on website

  • Maintain database of event statistics for Chapter programs and events
  • Update friends email list
  • Assist Chapter staff with additional duties related to educational programming
  • Work with volunteers of the Chapter’s Marketing Committee on the creation of LEED Project Profiles
  • Perform general clerical work including letter writing, filing, copying, etc. (spreadsheets)
  • Answer email and return messages as appropriate
  • Other administrative duties

Prerequisite Skills

Ideal candidate will have:

  • Enthusiasm and interest in sustainability
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to work independently

Optional Skills

  • Ability to use a variety of business software including Word Press web editing tools

 

Other Requirements

  • Ability to drive a car or commute to and from the Chapter office and event locations
  • Ability to work some evenings
  • Ability to lift objects up to 25 lbs
  • Ability to walk up and down several flights of stairs

This is an unpaid, part-time, temporary internship. Minimum of six hours per week, maximum of 12 hours per week. Commitment of at least 16 weeks preferred.

Email a cover letter and resume, with references to: Hope Gribble, Education and Green Schools Coordinator, hope.gribble@mobot.org.

For more information on USGBC- Missouri Gateway Chapter, visit www.usgbc-mogateway.org.