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.


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Current Openings - Unpaid Internships

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):

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

Maggie McCoy
Education and Volunteer Coordinator, EarthWays Center
(314) 577-0281