Departments in the NYBG Unpaid Student Internship Program

Below are brief descriptions of the departments at NYBG that may offer internships.

Plant Science
Please visit Internships in Plant Sciences for more information.

  • Laboratory
    Science interns work directly with Garden scientists and their technical teams, participating in cutting-edge research in systematic botany, molecular phylogenetics, structural botany, genomics, bioinformatics, geographic information systems, and economic botany. Internships offer a taste of the culture of plant research, allow students to explore their interests in science, and provide excellent educational experiences to include in resumes.
  • Herbarium
    Interns assist staff with the digitization of the Herbarium's botanical collection by imaging and capturing data from preserved plant specimens. Interns contribute to a multi-institutional goal to digitize, integrate, and make available online the specimen data for several areas of study to benefit research questions such as conservation and climate change.

Public Garden/Museum Education

  • Public Programs
    Interns in Public Programs participate in the development, implementation, and promotion of programming events and assist in ensuring a quality visitor experiences.
  • Children's Education
    Children's Education interns support and evaluate hands-on, inquiry-based learning programs for groups and families visiting the Everett Children's Adventure Garden and Family Garden.
  • Greenmarket
    Greenmarket interns assist with preparation and general set-up and breakdown of the weekly Greenmarket including preparation of nutrition flyers/receipts; recording audio tours for the walking map; blogging; creating and maintaining the seasonal recipe binder; preparing lesson plans for cooking demonstrations at the market; preparing emails; attendance evaluation and surveying.
  • Citizen Science
    Citizen Science interns work with participating Citizen Science volunteers to collect, organize, and input phenology data in the Forest or Living Collection.
  • Volunteer Services/Tour Program
    Interns in the Volunteer Services department assist staff with Tour Guide training, tour development, and volunteer and tour statistic tracking. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in leading tours and as exhibition explainers.

Horticulture internships provide an excellent opportunity to learn hands-on horticulture from the Garden's experienced and knowledgeable gardening staff. Be prepared to work in all-weather outdoors or in the Garden's glasshouses planting, deadheading, watering, weeding, mulching, pruning, trimming, and learning many other horticultural techniques. Learn from first-hand experience how to identify and care for hundreds of different kinds of plants in the Garden's living collections. Sun protection, rain jackets, comfortable cotton clothing, and sturdy shoes are all important.

  • Forest
    Forest interns assist in forest restoration activities such as invasive species removal, trail maintenance, seed collecting and production, as well as participating in Forestry research.
  • Glasshouse
    Glasshouse interns assist curators, gardeners, and arborists in the maintenance, evaluation, and inventory of our indoor collections, as well as installation of exhibitions while receiving instruction in all aspects of plant care and horticulture skills with respect to diverse tropical and arid plant collections.
  • Outdoor Gardens and Grounds
    Outdoor Gardens and Grounds interns assist curators, gardeners, and arborists in the maintenance, evaluation, and inventory of our outdoor collections while receiving instruction in all aspects of plant care and horticulture skills in the following areas, depending on season: executing planting plans; planting; post-planting care; bed preparation, maintenance, and renovation; soil building and plant nutrition; and grooming and detailing plants. Power equipment operation includes, but is not limited to chippers, chain saws, hedge trimmers, and stump grinders. Equipment training is provided.

Other Departments

Development interns work with our Individual Giving department staff assisting Patrons, Major Gifts, Board, and Planned Giving staff with cataloging and researching donors and prospects.

Community Relations/Events
Community Relations interns assist with planning duties for events such as: Walkathons, Bronx Day, Community Holiday Open House and Puerto Rican and Black History Month Celebrations.

The Marketing intern will assist in daily marketing projects related to growing visitation and institutional marketing support. Projects include assisting with visitor surveys, competitor research and benchmarking, cross-promotion research, and compiling data reports.

Public Relations
Public Relations interns will assist staff in publicizing NYBG's mission, exhibitions, and events. Interns will work with the PR team to research media contacts and outlets, develop story ideas and write PR collateral, assist with media visits and PR events, and compile NYBG media summaries.

Financial Services/Accounting
Accounting interns will journal entries and work with general ledger software package, performing detailed analyses, data entry and other special projects.

Visitor Services
Visitor Services interns work with staff and volunteers to support our Garden Greeter program. Garden greeters greet visitors and groups upon arrival as well as the Rock Garden and Everett Children's Adventure Garden providing information about Garden programs, exhibitions and general NYC info