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.

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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Internship

English Walled Garden Intern
Requisition Number: 713
Overview: Learn how to properly maintain a public display garden by working with a senior horticulturist and his or her 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 Chicago... Read more
Interpretive Programs Intern
Requisition Number: 715
Overview: Gain hands-on experience in museum education programs and volunteer management while assisting with and supporting seasonal programs in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Malott Japanese Garden, Thomas English Walled Garden, and the Butterflies & Blooms exhibition. Learn operational aspects of a botanic garden/museum setting by working on a variety of projects and attending internal... Read more
Japanese Garden Intern
Requisition Number: 714
Overview: Learn how to properly maintain a public display garden by working with a senior horticulturist and his or her team of staff and volunteers. Other assigned gardens may include Evening Island, the Green Roof, and the Evaluation Gardens. Attend regular staff meetings, field trips, and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers to learn about general Chicago Botanic Garden operations. This is a full... Read more
Kris S. Jarantoski Intern
Requisition Number: 710
Overview: Gain broad-based experience with a focus on horticulture in public garden operations. Develop skills required to become a future 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 healthcare, horticulture maintenance and operations, plant... Read more
Plant Evaluation Intern
Requisition Number: 723
Overview: The plant evaluation internship provides an opportunity to observe a diversity of plants in full-sun and green roof gardens. Plant performance is documented through data collection and digital photography. The Chicago Botanic Garden has one of the largest and most diverse plant evaluation programs in the United States. This is a 19-week, full-time internship with an anticipated start date date of... Read more
Production Greenhouse and Nursery Intern (A-B)
Requisition Number: 711
Overview: Learn about plant production by rotating through and working with the growers in the four divisions of the Plant Production Department. These divisions include the nursery, indoor floriculture, outdoor floriculture, and plant propagation. Attend regular staff meetings, field trips, and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers during the summer to learn about general Chicago Botanic Garden... Read more
Rose Garden Intern
Requisition Number: 712
Overview: Learn how to properly maintain a public display garden by working with a senior horticulturist and his or her team of staff and volunteers. Other assigned gardens may include the Heritage Garden, Esplanade, Aquatic Garden, Farwell Landscape Garden, Crescent Garden, Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Bulb Garden, Model Railroad Garden, and Spider Island. Attend regular staff meetings, field trips, and... Read more
Veteran Interns (A-H)
Requisition Number: 719
Overview: Participate in the Veteran Internship Program to create a plan for transitioning to the civilian workforce while working under supervision in a Garden department. Garden departments may include Accounting, Bonsai, Camp CBG, Construction & Maintenance, Display Gardens, Human Resources, Interpretive Gardens, and Living Plant Documentation. You will work under supervision and also receive... Read more