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Summer Horticultural College Internship Program

Type of Job:
Landscape Architecture
Name of Firm:

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Job Location:

Stockbridge, MA

This unique summer internship program offers the student the opportunity to work with and learn from two non-profit public gardens. Berkshire Botanical Garden was established in 1934. Located on 15 rural acres, the garden consists of 26 display gardens and specialty collections, and three greenhouses. Naumkeag, a gilded-age style estate with restored gardens designed by landscape architect Fletcher Steele, is a National Historic Landmark preserved by The Trustees of Reservations. The Trustees is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. Both gardens are situated in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, a few minutes from the center of the historic village of Stockbridge. The area is home to many cultural institutions and numerous natural sites.

DESCRIPTION: This college internship program is designed to offer hands-on experience at Naumkeag and Berkshire Botanical Garden for college students aspiring to a career in horticulture, public gardening, and landscape architecture or design. Interns will work with horticulture staff and volunteers in all phases of public garden maintenance and development. This includes planting, weeding, watering, mulching, pruning, and interacting with visitors. Students may also become involved in special projects such as accession records, garden inventories, confirming collections, plant signage, or photography. An ongoing program of intern training sessions, public education programs, and staff field trips are offered to help broaden the students’ horticultural horizon. A list of the 2019 offerings is listed below.

Summer internships are for 12 weeks, 40 hours per week and start mid -May. The program includes free shared intern housing at the Naumkeag estate and a stipend of $10/hr.

REQUIREMENTS: Previous gardening experience and course work in horticulture, public gardening, or landscape design are required. Junior and senior undergraduate students applying for college credit are preferred. Students must be responsible, self-motivated, and capable of the sometimes strenuous nature of gardening.

APPLY: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and an application, which can be downloaded from

Attn: Catherine Martini, Horticulturist
P.O. Box 792
Stockbridge, MA 01262 
413-298-3239 ext. 2028

The deadline for applying is March 1, 2020. Earlier applications may receive earlier decision.

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New Job Posting Process

As of January 2020, we will be transitioning to Nittany Lion Careers for internship/job postings. Employers will need to register with the site in order to post positions which can then be viewed by registered Penn State students and alumni.

If you have any questions about this new process, please contact Ross Weinreb.