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National Garden Internship - Educational Outreach
Category: Education

United States Botanic Garden
Washington, DC

Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012


Intern: The National Garden Intern will focus on Educational Outreach by implementing interpretive materials and programs for the public. The National Garden Intern will:

Assist with the preparation and completion of the Hands On Plant Science (HOPS) program;

Utilize pre-existing interpretive materials about plants and garden displays to present informal interpretive programs to the public, with specific emphasis on the National Garden;

Assist with other USBG special programs and events as needed; and,

Assist with other duties as needed.


Skills: Applicants must possess good organization, communication, people skills, and creativity.  Knowledge of horticulture/plant science and environmental education and a willingness to work evenings and weekends are requirements for this internship.


Duration: The duration of the position is 10 weeks, with a flexible start and end date from May through September – exact dates to be determined mutually by the National Garden Intern and the USBG. Applicant is expected to work approximately 40 hours a week, to include evenings and weekends. 



Stipend of $6,500;

Opportunities to attend USBG education programs;

Opportunities to visit other horticultural institutions and tour their sites;

Opportunities to interact with USBG professional Horticulture and Museum staff; and

Access to the USBG library, a great resource for research on horticulture and related topics.


To Apply: Applications must be submitted by February 11, 2013  to Samantha DesRochers, National Fund Program Coordinator, by email at


A completed application must include:

Application form;

Resume or CV;

A short essay (approximately 250-500 words) explaining how this Internship fits your future professional goals;

Unofficial transcripts (a minimum of two years of college plant sciences or related field of study preferred); and

Three references (to include one professional and one academic).


For more information: For more information contact Samantha DesRochers at (202) 225-1281 or, or visit the National Fund’s website at


The National Fund’s Mission: The National Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, D.C., whose mission is to support the educational outreach initiatives at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG). The National Fund and the USBG share a dedication to demonstrating the aesthetic, cultural, economic, therapeutic, and ecological importance of plants to the well-being of humankind. Our goal is to support the creation of extraordinary programs and exhibits that delight, educate and inspire our visitors to become more active stewards of the plants that support life on earth. 


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