The Smithsonian Gardens provides an exceptionally well-rounded array of experiences in its intern program thanks to the wide diversity of services it offers to the Smithsonian, the world's largest museum complex. Interns will learn skills in a broad range of horticultural endeavors from SI's expert professional staff and can provide a strong practical background to emerging professionals hoping to enter the public gardening world.
We accept current and recently graduated undergraduate and graduate students studying horticulture, landscape architecture, museum studies, or other related fields. Selection is based on both an evaluation of the applicant’s application and available positions.
Applications for internships should be received no later than the dates listed below.
Winter/Spring Internships: December 1
Summer Internships: February 1
Fall internships: May 15
Requirements for applying to the Smithsonian Garden intern program:
Submit an on-line application
Two letters of recommendation
Essay describing background, interest in field, career goals and chosen project.
To apply for an internship, applicants must create an account and submit an application online to the Smithsonian Online Academic Application System (SOLAA) at https://solaa.si.edu .
Further details about the internship and how to apply can be found on our website at http://www.gardens.si.edu/get-involved/internships.html .