Smithsonian Gardens (SG) provides an array of learning experiences through its internship program thanks to the wide diversity of services and programs it offers at the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex. Interns will learn skills in a broad range of horticultural endeavors from professional staff that can provide a strong practical background to emerging professionals wanting to enter the public gardening world.

The following intern programs are operating onsite, and hybrid format that are accepting applications for the following:

Internship Projects (February 1 application deadline for summer 2024): 

Stipends and Expenses

A limited number of stipends are available each year for internship positions.

Interns must pay for their own travel, housing, and subsistence during the period of the internship. Steel-toe safety shoes meeting ANSI Safety Standard Z41.1 are required for certain internships.


Applicants must be enrolled in a university horticulture or related program or recently graduated from one. Selection is based on both an evaluation of the applicant’s application and available positions.

  • Submit an online application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • College Transcripts
  • Essay describing background, interest in field, career goals, and chosen project

Application Process

  1. To apply for an internship with Smithsonian Gardens, fill out an online application using the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system (SOLAA) 
  2. Select “Smithsonian Gardens” from the drop-down Office/Museum/Research Center list.
  3. The application must include an online application, two letters of recommendation, college transcript(s), an essay statement of interest describing the applicant’s background, interest in the field, career goals and chosen internship project. Additional information may also be required for select internships (see internship descriptions).

Internship projects, schedules, and other parameters vary based on a variety of factors and are determined by staff mentor and prospective candidate at the time of interview or selection. Some departments offer internships only at particular times.

Smithsonian Internships

To learn about other Smithsonian internships, visit the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships & Internships