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About North Carolina Botanical Garden

The North Carolina Botanical Garden is part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The garden furthers the university’s mission of teaching, research and public service “to inspire understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants in gardens and natural areas and to advance a sustainable relationship between people and nature.” The North Carolina Botanical Garden has been a leader in native plant conservation and education in the Southeast for over 30 years, with over 200 volunteers and employees managing over 800 acres of gardens throughout North Carolina. In 2009, the North Carolina Botanical Garden opened a new facility and will soon be home to North Carolina’s first Platinum L.E.E.D. public building.

Horticulture and conservation-related internships consist mainly of working outdoors in the garden’s natural areas, including Battle Park, Coker Arboretum, Totten Center, Education Center and Herbarium. Tasks include plant and seed collection, trail construction and maintenance, nursery/greenhouse management and database work. Interns gain hands-on experience working in urban natural areas and in conservation and also have the opportunity to learn about local botany, ecology and conservation issues. Participants also learn about what it’s like working with an education-, research- and conservation- oriented public entity. Internships are also available for those who would rather perform the majority of their work indoors, as the North Carolina Botanical Garden offers internships in facility maintenance, adult programs, children’s education, retail and publicity.


Education and work/internship experience in the field is recommended. The ability to perform physical labor outside despite summer temperatures is necessary.

North Carolina Botanical Garden

Stephen Keith, Natural Areas Curator
North Carolina Botanical Garden
North Carolina Botanical Garden
CB #3375, Totten Center
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3375
Phone: (919) 962-0522


Number of Interns: 21 to 50
Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Paid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


Wilmington, NC