Interns gain hands-on experience in the areas of education, horticulture, or research. In addition, as part of their training, interns are required to attend educational programming to broaden their general exposure to public horticulture and research. The educational component consists of lectures, field trips, and workshops offered through the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Most interns work between 37.5 and 40 hours per week. Internships are paid internships unless otherwise indicated. Interns are responsible for finding housing. International students are accepted. Check back for more information on additional opportunities.

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Display Gardens Intern A-C
Requisition Number: 270
Overview: The display gardens intern will learn how to properly maintain a public display garden by working with a senior horticulturist and his or her team of staff and volunteers. The intern will attend regular staff meetings and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers to learn about general operations at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Interpretive Programs Intern
Requisition Number: 277
Overview: To achieve hands-on experience in museum education programs and volunteer management while assisting with and supporting seasonal programs in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable, Malott Japanese, English Walled, and Model Railroad Gardens and the Butterflies & Blooms exhibition. Learn operational aspects of a botanic garden/museum setting by working on a variety of projects and attending... Read more
Plant Evaluation Intern
Requisition Number: 201
Overview: Do you have an interest in learning about new garden plants? Would you like to be a part of a program that shares information on how ornamental plants grow with professional horticulturists, landscape designers, educators, researchers, and home gardeners? The Plant Evaluation internship provides an opportunity to observe plants in outdoor gardens and document their performance through data... Read more
Propagation Intern
Requisition Number: 272
Overview: The propagation intern will learn about and gain experience in propagating plants by assisting with the propagation of annuals, perennials, native plants, tropical plants, and floriculture crops grown in the production greenhouses and nursery. The intern will attend regular staff meetings and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers during the summer to learn about general operations at the... Read more
Student Media Relations Intern
Overview: We are seeking a college student to be a senior-level media relations intern volunteer at the Chicago Botanic Garden—the second-most visited botanic garden in the United States and the most beautiful place in the Chicago area. Do you want to learn more about how media and public relations work in a nonprofit organization? Do you want to gain an understanding of how to target messages to local... Read more
Urban Garden Lab Intern
Requisition Number: 292
Overview: The paid intern will assist with delivery of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) summer enrichment program (15 students ages, 15 to 18) at After School Matters' downtown headquarters. The intern will help guide youth in their exploration of the environmental and community benefits of rooftop gardening and help them discover the science behind sustainable urban agriculture.
Windy City Harvest Youth Farm Intern
Requisition Number: 278
Overview: Work with Chicago's most innovative horticulture training program for teens, the Windy City Harvest Youth Farm! The Windy City Harvest Youth Farm interns are paid and will work as part of a dedicated, energetic team at one of our sustainable farms, working alongside teenagers to produce vibrant young people and delicious, organically grown food for underserved communities. Windy City Harvest... Read more