Internship Program

**NOTE: The deadline for applications for the 2018 season is midnight on February 20th.

Our summer internship program aims to provide an educational and work experience involving hands-on training that builds on classroom learning and represents the full spectrum of work throughout our organization. These internships are for Cornell students only, both graduate and undergraduate, and all majors are welcome.  One of the botanic garden internships is reserved for a non-plant science major (someone not studying Plant Science, Crop and Soil Science, Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Breeding, or Plant Pathology). 

While this is an educational program, each student becomes a member of Cornell Botanic Gardens’ professional team and works with staff to accomplish organization goals. Our staff is committed to the intern program, offering mentorship, guidance, and appreciation for each intern’s contribution.

Our program's schedule is designed to offer all students exposure to the varied aspects of public garden and natural areas management.

PLEASE NOTE:  Students graduating in May ARE eligible to apply.

Click here to read about past interns and their summer experiences.



Cornell Botanic Gardens Summer Internship Program: A Thank You! from Cornell Botanic Gardens on Vimeo.

Program at a Glance

  • Internship positions in: botanic gardens, natural areas, and education department.
  • Starting May 31, 2018 finishing August 10.
  • All positions earn $11 per hour.
  • Exclusively for Cornell University undergraduate and graduate students, any major and college; if graduating in May you may also apply
  • Typical work week is 39 hours, M-F; exact daily hours vary with position but generally 8am-4pm
  • All interns participate together in Learning Mondays.

For more information on the program, contact the Intern Coordinator, at or 607-227-5795