2024 Summer Internships

Summer interns and the Garden's natural areas steward pose next to new trail markers they installed at Battle Park.

Join our team this summer! We’re hiring for summer internships in our Conservation, Horticulture, and Learning & Community Engagement departments. These positions provide students and emerging professionals a chance to gain hands-on experience in fields ranging from sustainable gardening to natural areas management.

Our summer internships are paid positions that last from mid-May to mid-August. They range from 30 to 40 hours per week (see details in each listing). If you need housing for the summer, we encourage you to check out UNC’s Summer Intern Housing.

Ellen and Charles Johnson Student Intern (Closes 2/18/2024)
This internship will help maintain both the Edible Campus gardens and the Carolina Community Garden.

Fred and Virginia Houk Sustainability Intern (Closes 2/18/2024)
In 2024, this internship will focus on improving the sustainability of our native plant greenhouse and nursery operations.

Horticulture Interns (Closes 2/18/2024)
Our horticulture interns conduct garden maintenance at either our main display gardens or at Coker Arboretum on campus.

Natural Areas Conservation Interns (Closes 2/19/2024)
Our natural areas conservation interns support management efforts at our natural areas, including Battle Park and the Piedmont Nature Trails.

Interested in other positions? We’re also hiring for Summer Environmental Educators, and more positions may become available soon. See a list of all open positions here.

About the Garden

The North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) has been a leader in native plant conservation, horticulture, and education in the southeastern United States for more than 50 years. As part of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, we further the University’s tripartite teaching, research, and public service mission through our own mission to inspire understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants and to advance a sustainable relationship between people and nature. As a garden focused on conserving the biodiversity of southeastern native plants, we recognize that just as biodiversity is critical to a healthy ecosystem, diversity in people and perspectives makes our organization and community stronger. NCBG is committed to creating an environment in our gardens and natural areas where everyone’s voice is heard and everyone feels safe and welcome.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.