Who can participate in the NYBG Unpaid Student Internship Program?
Our Internship Program is open to: current high school and college students; recent graduates; and graduate students. We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines to apply.


Is there a deadline for application submission?
No. We accept applications on a rolling basis. It is recommended to submit your application at least one month prior to desired placement.
How long should my essays be?
Each essay should be no more than one page in length (single-spaced or double-spaced).
Is there a specific format for letters of recommendation?
No. We do not have a required recommendation form. However, the letter should be written or typed on letterhead. Letters should state the relationship between the candidate (you) and the person recommending you, who may be your professor, advisor, employer, former employer, or internship coordinator. The letter should explain how long the person has known you and why they believe you are you qualified for an internship at NYBG; the letter should describe your strengths, talents, and level of experience. We are looking for demonstration of responsibility, intelligence, certain skills, and maturity. Letters can be as short as a paragraph or as long as several pages. Recommendation letters should be addressed to the Internship Coordinator; this title is sufficient. Many recommenders prefer to seal the envelope across the back and sign it, but this is not required.
What is a transcript?
A transcript is a list of the courses you have taken in college and/or graduate school, and the grades or marks you received. A transcript can be obtained by contacting the registrar or the Office of Student Records at your university. Some transcripts may also be obtained online, depending on your university’s policy. You may send an official or an unofficial transcript; photocopies of originals are also acceptable.
Should I submit additional materials with my application, such as writing samples?
No. You should only submit the materials listed in the How to Apply section. The only exception applies to applicants to the Creative Services (Graphic Design and Marketing) department. These applicants must submit five design samples via website address or on CD-ROM (2 CD copies) that do not need to be returned. The department will review these samples with your application.
May I submit my application by email or fax?
Yes. You may email or fax your application materials together to volunteer@nybg.org or 718.817.8977.
If I am accepted into a program, may I defer my acceptance to a future date?
No. We only hire interns for specific projects that change from term to term. You can reapply for each intern season. Applications are held for 1 year. Within the 1 year period, new applications are only requested if any personal information has changed.
If I am not accepted into the Internship program, can I reapply?
Yes. If you are applying one year or more after submitting your applications, you must resubmit a new application.

The Selection Process

How many interns do you accept into each program?
Typically, we hire 30–60 interns for each of the Spring, Fall, and Summer terms.
Do you conduct interviews before accepting applicants into the program?
Yes. We contact select candidates to set up an interview. We interview all of the candidates who will be considered for the Internship Program.

About the Internship Program

What types of projects will I be working on?
Internship projects are based on NYBG’s needs and requirements, and are assigned to interns with the appropriate skills and interests. All of the internships have an administrative component.
Is it possible to receive academic credit for participating in the Internship Program?
Yes. Upon successful completion of the internship, we provide letters of reference and necessary documentation so that interns may arrange for academic credit through their schools.
If I am accepted into the program, does NYBG provide intern housing?
No. The Internship Department has a list of suggested housing, which consists primarily of hostels and student housing. Once you are accepted into the program, we will be happy to send you a copy of a suggested housing list, but it’s up to you to arrange accommodations.
Are there volunteer opportunities at NYBG independent of the Internship Program?
For information on volunteer opportunities, please click here.