Smithsonian Gardens

Some internships may be closed. Please refer to the organization’s web page for up-to-date postings and opportunities.

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.  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. 


ALL SUMMER APPLICATIONS are due on February 1. 


Internship Opportunities include:

  • Greenhouse Production Internship
  • Horticulturist Internship (available in summer and fall)
  • Education and Outreach Internship
  • Archives of American Gardens' Internship
  • Landscape Architecture Internship
  • Orchid Collection Internship


More information about the internship opportunities and how to apply can be found on our website at  .


Applications for internships should be received no later than the dates listed below.

Summer Internships: February 1
Fall Internships: May 15

Winter/Spring Internships: November 15


Requirements for applying to the Smithsonian Garden intern program:

Submit an on-line application
Two letters of recommendation
College transcript(s)
Essay describing background, interest in field, career goals and chosen project. 

Semesters Available



Washington, DC

Location Area

Location Area
Out of State