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
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