Botanic Garden Summer Internship

The Botanic Garden of Smith College has been offering a 12-week paid summer internship since 2006.  This structured full-time work experience provides critical training and insight into the tasks and skills associated with managing a public garden. This internship is situated within a curricular framework, including week-long rotations with Botanic Garden staff, field trips, and individual research projects. 

The campus of Smith College was planned and planted over one hundred years ago as a Botanic Garden and Arboretum designed by the landscape architecture firm of Frederick Law Olmsted. Today, the Botanic Garden encompasses a 125 acre college campus densely planted with diverse, mature, and in some cases rare specimens; the Lyman Plant House, with 12,000 square feet under glass; and a variety of specialty gardens. Interns rotate between gardens, working with Smith’s expert staff to build and maintain the outdoor plant collection. Duties will include installation and transplanting, pruning, propagation, weed management, integrated pest management, plant identification, public outreach, and collections management and record keeping. Special projects will allow for independent work in an area of particular interest. The 12-week internship runs from mid-May to mid-August. A 35-hour work week may include occasional weekend hours

Please contact Gaby Immerman for more information. Inquiries must be received by March 1.


The program gave me excellent insight into the running of a public garden, and gave me the opportunity to bring my educational experience to a new level. It was an experience I will not forget and I feel fortunate to have participated.