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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Intern - Bonsai

Requisition Number:
986
Overview:
This seasonal position will assist with all aspects of the care, maintenance, and management of the Garden’s bonsai collection. The intern will work under the direction of the curator, learning all aspects of bonsai care. After a period of training, the intern will be responsible for some independent care of the bonsai collection in both the nursery and display areas. This six-month position will start in late March and end in September, with a workweek of Tuesday- Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Intern - English Walled Garden

Requisition Number:
982
Overview:
Learn how to properly maintain a public display garden by working with a senior horticulturist and their team of staff and volunteers. Other assigned gardens may include the Circle Garden, Sensory Garden, Waterfall Garden, Dwarf Conifer Garden, and the Lakeside Gardens. Attend regular staff meetings, field trips, and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers to learn about general botanic garden operations. The internship is anticipated to start in May 2022 for 12 weeks, and work is scheduled Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Intern - Japanese Garden

Requisition Number:
976
Overview:
Learn how to properly maintain a public display garden by working with a senior horticulturist and their team of staff and volunteers. Other assigned gardens may include Evening Island, Green Roof Gardens, and the Evaluation Gardens. Attend regular staff meetings, field trips, and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers to learn about general botanic garden operations. The internship is anticipated to start in May 2022 for 12 weeks, working Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Intern - Kris S. Jarantoski

Requisition Number:
977
Overview:
Gain broad-based experience with a focus on horticulture in public garden operations to develop skills required to become a botanic garden leader. Specific duties will change throughout the internship as the intern rotates through different Garden departments. Assigned areas may include nursery and greenhouse plant production, plant health care, horticulture maintenance and operations, plant collections documentation and mapping, visitor programs and events, administration, fundraising, adult and children’s education, and volunteer services. Attend regular staff meetings, intern field trips, and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers to learn about general botanic garden operations. This is a 24-week internship anticipated to start in May 2022, working Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Intern - Shida Evaluation Garden

Requisition Number:
978
Overview:
Learn how to properly maintain a public display garden by working with a horticulturist and their team of staff and volunteers. Other assigned gardens may include the Lavin Plant Evaluation Garden, Evening Island, and the Malott Japanese Garden. Attend regular staff meetings, field trips, and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers to learn about general botanic garden operations. This is a 12-week internship anticipated to start May 2022, working Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.