National Garden Intern

National Fund for the U.S. Botanic Garden
Washington, DC
Jan 23, 2017
Apr 01, 2017
Full Time

This 10-week intensive internship is located at the U.S Botanic Garden (USBG) in Washington, DC and is funded through the National Fund for the U.S. Botanic Garden (NFUSBG). This is an environmental education internship that works closely with USBG Education Staff to facilitate the Hands on Plants Science (HOPS) summer program. During HOPS the National Garden intern learns how to prepare and run sixteen different hands on modules, as the National Garden becomes an outdoor classroom where urban students and teachers dissect flowers, learn how seeds travel, use microscopes, and analyze soil.

Who is eligible for the National Garden internship?

Applicants must be at least a rising college senior, preferably with a background in environmental education, plant-science, and/or horticulture. A $6,000 stipend is provided. The individual is responsible for finding their own housing. This internship is a unique opportunity to work with one of our Nation's longest operating Botanical Gardens - an urban oasis located right in the heart of Washington, DC. The deadline for applications is

The National Garden Intern will focus on Educational Outreach by implementing interpretive materials and programs for the public. The National Garden Intern will:

  • Assist with the preparation and completion of the Hands On Plant Science (HOPS) program;
  • Utilize pre-existing interpretive materials about plants and garden displays to present informal interpretive programs to the public, with specific emphasis on the National Garden;
  • Assist with other USBG special programs and events as needed; and,
  • Assist with other duties as needed.

Skills: Applicants must possess good organization, communication, people skills, and creativity.

Knowledge of horticulture/plant science and environmental education and a willingness to work evenings and weekends are requirements for this internship. Applicant must be a rising college senior.

Duration: The duration of the position is 10 weeks, with an approximate start date the week after Memorial Day - exact dates to be determined mutually by the National Garden Intern and the USBG. Applicant is expected to work 40 hours a week, to include some evenings and weekends.


  • Stipend of $6,000;
  • Opportunities to attend USBG education programs;
  • Opportunities to visit other horticultural institutions and tour their sites;
  • Opportunities to interact with USBG professional Horticulture and Museum staff; and
  • Access to the USBG library, a great resource for research on horticulture and related topics.

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