Botanic Garden Academic Year Internships

STRIDE Scholars Internship

This two year scholarship for research internship positions is offered to year students through the admissions process. Students work with Botanic Garden staff on curatorial and educational projects.
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Curatorial Internship

Working with Manager of Living Collections, this internship involves all aspects of plant collections management. Duties include recording, documenting, mapping and labeling new accessions; inventorying our indoor and outdoor collections; and looking at accuracy of existing records and maps. Other parts of the internship include working on our international seed exchange: collecting and cleaning seed, developing seed germination protocols, and processing seed orders. The intern learns mobile technologies and field collection techniques. As part of the internship, the student takes on a special project for which she is responsible. This position requires a plant science background with coursework in systematics, plus excellent computer skills. Funded by the Career Development Office.

Education Internship

The Education Intern supports Botanic Garden initiatives that aim to connect our many stakeholders to the Botanic Garden and keep them returning again and again. They are part of the educational team and work closely with both the Manager of Education and Botanic Garden volunteers. The Education Intern assists with the Botanic Garden Student Educator (BoGSE) program, co-develops and co-leads K-12 educational tours and educational micro-engagements, and assists with efforts that help create a welcoming, accessible, and engaging experience for visitors to Lyman Plant House. Depending on student interest, the Education Intern may also work to develop exhibits and interpretive materials. Funded by the Cary MacRae McDaniel '69 Internship Fund.

Open positions are posted in Workday.


I came to Massachusetts from Florida, a decidedly warmer and sunnier state. When winter got the best of me, I’d head to the Palm House in the conservatory. With the traveler’s palm towering over me, I’d stand there and take in the earthy smells and moist air. It was the closest I could get to home when I was 1,300 miles away. It meant so much to me that 20 years later, I still have a framed lithograph of the Lyman Plant House hanging on the wall of my office.



Kim Taylor Kruse, Smith Class of 1997