The Garden is a fun, beautiful, healthy environment that always welcomes volunteers in a number of capacities.

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Please note: Internships for the 2015 season have been filled.  

Horticultural College Intern


The college internship program is designed to offer hands-on experience at a botanical garden for persons aspiring to a career in horticulture, public gardening and landscape architecture or design.  Interns work with horticulture staff and volunteers in all phases of public garden maintenance and development.  This includes planting, weeding, watering, mulching, pruning, and interacting with visitors.  Students may also become involved in special projects such as accession records, garden inventories, plant signage, or flower arranging. Intern training sessions, public educational programs, and staff field trips are offered to help broaden the students’ horticultural horizon.


Summer internships are 12 weeks, 40 hours per week.  The Internships usually start mid to end of May. The program includes housing and a stipend of $7.50/hr.


Previous gardening experience and course work in horticulture, public gardening or landscape design are required.  Junior and senior undergraduate students applying for college credit are preferred.  Students must be responsible, self-motivated and capable of the strenuous nature of gardening. Please submit an application and a cover letter, which can be found on the Garden’s website at www.berkshirebotanical.org

Download your printable application HERE.


Berkshire Botanical Garden Summer College Interns 2011
Horticulture Interns Alex Heilman, Germaine Persinger and Olivia Oberle
take five in the Fruit Garden.
See what our past interns have much to say about their experiences
at the Garden!
I am left with nothing but positive things from my internship at Berkshire Botanical Garden. Not only did I learn garden maintenance and many plant names, I discovered my interest in watching the plants grow and change throughout the summer. I also learned about implementing design and which elements enrich the visitor’s experience of the garden. I am so grateful to have spent my summer outdoors working alongside a great group of people. No matter what I end up doing career-wise, I will use what I have learned from this internship for the rest of my life.—Alex Heilman Doing an internship at the Berkshire Botanical Garden gave me the opportunity to observe the importance of a public garden. Rotating in various areas of the garden each day was especially informative and showed me which aspects of gardening I enjoy the most. The people were great to work with because they were both patient and relaxed, contributing to the calm a garden should have. I’m grateful for the fulfilling experience.—Germaine Persinger My internship with Berkshire Botanical Garden was the complete summer package: I spent two months outside in one of the best places in Massachusetts.  My experience as an intern taught me many things. I learned about everything in the world of horticulture and landscape design from how to edge a curve with “tension” to the effects of touching wild parsnips. I learned more than I ever could online or from a book about gardening by being immersed in the subject at a really amazing place. My internship at BBG was a great way to spend a summer.—Olivia Oberlie


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