Summer Internships 2019
Horticultural College Intern
This unique summer internship program offers the student the opportunity to work with and learn from two public gardens. Berkshire Botanical Garden is a not-for-profit public garden established in 1934. Located on 15 rural acres, the Garden consists of 26 display gardens, several specialty collections, and three greenhouses. Naumkeag, a Gilded Age-style estate, is a National Historic Landmark preserved by The Trustees of Reservations. The Trustees is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. Both locations are situated in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, a short driving distance from the center of historic Stockbridge. The area is home to many cultural institutions and numerous natural sites.
This college internship program is designed to offer hands-on experience at Berkshire Botanical Garden and Naumkeag, and is for college students aspiring to a career in horticulture, public gardening, and landscape architecture or design. Interns will 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 photography. Intern training sessions, public educational programs, and staff field trips are offered to help broaden the students’ horticultural horizon.
Summer internships are for 12 weeks, 40 hours per week and usually start mid-May. The program includes shared intern housing at the Naumkeag estate and a stipend of $9.00/hr.
The deadline for applying is March 1, 2019. Earlier applications will receive earlier decision.
Read an article about the internship program from the Garden's Cuttings magazine.
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 a cover letter, resume, and an application, which can be downloaded here.
Berkshire Botanical Garden
Attn: Dorthe Hviid, Director of Horticulture
P.O. Box 826
Stockbridge, MA 01262
What our interns have to say about their experiences…
My summer internship with Berkshire Botanical offered me a wealth of horticulture knowledge that I will be able to apply to my studies as a Landscape Architecture major. Outside of work, the Berkshires are a wonderful location to be in the summer with tons of live music, outdoor recreation, and great food!
— Jesse Newman
It has been very rewarding to work for Berkshire Botanical Garden as an intern. The opportunity has provided a chance to gain hands on horticultural experience in a variety of tasks and also be able to learn from a very knowledgeable staff. The Berkshires are a beautiful place to spend a summer gardening. I would highly recommend taking on this internship to any other student looking to pursue a career in horticulture.
— Carlos Martinez
My summer spent at the Berkshire Botanical Garden and Naumkeag was filled with equal parts learning and fun. I have learned so many things about the plant world and have gained even more interest in it. The staff was critical to my learning experience at the garden. They inspired me everyday to learn more about plants and to pursue a career in the biological sciences. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work at such incredible organizations that work to bring joy and knowledge to the community through the living art that is the gardens.
— Katy Toth
My time at Berkshire Botanical Garden was extremely educationally enriching. I greatly expanded my knowledge of ornamental and native plants, learned about the ins and outs of planning and planting out a garden, experimented with container design, and learned how to propagate plants of all sorts. After this summer, I am more confident than ever that I’m heading down the right career path in life.
— Liz John