How to Apply to the NYBG Unpaid Student Internship Program

There is a standard application process for the Fall, Spring, and Summer internship programs. Please submit the following materials, in a single package, in the following order:

Internship Application Materials

1. Application
Completed application form. Refer to the list of NYBG departments (in Departments, left) in order to list your departmental preferences. List specific departments rather than general headings. Here is an example of the correct format: a. Science, b. Horticulture, c. Development
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2. Résumé
Your résumé/curriculum vitae.

3. Essays
There is one required essay listed on the application form. Each essay should be no longer than 500 words.

4. Letters of recommendation
Send in two letters of recommendation from an academic or professional reference. Be sure to request recommendations in advance of application submittal; we require that letters of recommendation be sent along with other application materials by the deadline. Visit Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

5. Transcript
Transcripts are required only when requested by specific departments. We accept either official or unofficial transcripts.

6. Samples of Design Work
If you are applying for an internship in our Creative Services department in 1) Graphic Design or 2) Marketing or Horticulture department in Landscape Design, you must submit five samples of your design work. Send two copies of a CD-ROM containing these samples with your other application materials. (We won’t be able to return these CDs.) OR provide your website address with samples of your work. Do not submit any extra materials, unless requested. (If you’re not planning on applying for an internship in these departments, skip this step.)

Mail application materials to:
The New York Botanical Garden
Unpaid Internship Program/Volunteer Services Department
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458

Or send in via email:

The most qualified applicants will be contacted to arrange interviews. If we request an interview with you, we will e-mail you to arrange a convenient date and time for you.

Please do not contact NYBG about scheduling an informational interview. Due to the high volume of applications and interest, we do not have the available resources or staff to conduct informational interviews.