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.


Internships Unpaid
Internships Paid
Current Openings - Unpaid Internships

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.

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)

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

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,