Paid Internships

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.

In addition to being a paid internship, our intern benefits may include complimentary general admission to cultural institutions, Garden membership, library access, Café and Gift Shop discount.

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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Bus Intern

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The person in this position assists the Manager of Science Career Continuum and the Science First Instructors with the Science First program. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting the instructors of the Science First program with class and field activities, preparing for laboratory and field projects, and working with the Science First students on their daily lessons and projects. The assistant should be available to work from June 27 through August 12, 2022.

Science First is a free summer science program that strives to increase students’ knowledge and appreciation of the environment and how scientists study the environment. Students participate in a four-week session that takes place at the Chicago Botanic Garden from Monday through Friday. A school bus provides transportation from designated stops starting as early as 7 a.m. to bring students to the Garden by 9 a.m. Students are provided with all materials they need to participate, as well as a free snack and lunch. Students leave the Garden at 3:30 p.m. each day.