Summer Internship

Summer Horticultural Internship Applications are accepted from March 1st to April 1st. To apply, please email the following items:

  1. Letter of Interest
  2. Transcript
  3. Name and contact information of two references

About the ZBG Internship Program

The Garden Club of Austin (TGCOA) is funding a paid summer internship in partnership with the Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy. The starting and finishing dates of the ten-week internship are flexible. The internship will focus primarily on horticulture and grounds maintenance at the Zilker Botanical Garden, although the intern may also be involved with some program and event preparation to create a well-rounded public garden experience. Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in horticulture-related fields of study are encouraged to apply. Selection will be based on the applicant’s demonstrated interest in horticulture and academic performance. Residence in Central Texas will be considered only when qualifications are otherwise nearly equal.

The ZBG Internship Committee must receive completed applications no later than April 1st of each year. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

The Zilker Botanical Garden Education Director is responsible for organizing and coordinating the internship program and will work in conjunction with the Environmental Conservation Program Manager and Garden Center Coordinator. Most of the internship projects and work will be with PARD, while smaller horticulture-related projects with ZBGC

Download the handbook below for more details about this program.

The internship is an educational experience the classroom knowledge is applied in a
botanical garden. This includes learning both what one enjoys and what one might not find
unappealing. Because of the diversity of activities that occur in the garden, we want interns
to spend the first 4 weeks rotating between PARD staff and ZBGC staff. By the beginning of
week five, the intern in conjunction with staff will identify a project can complete by the end
of their term. The internship project will culminate in a presentation in the Garden Center
Auditorium in the last week of the internship (date determined based on availability).