Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens offers a variety of internship opportunities to college and high school students throughout the year. The purpose is to expose young people to the possibilities of rewarding professional careers in public gardens.
Rotary Club of Shades Valley Internship
2019 Rotary Club of Shades Valley Summer Intern Jessica Williams
The Rotary Club of Shades Valley Summer Internship, now in its eleventh year, is awarded annually to one college student. The internship is open to a rising junior or senior attending a four-year college or university in Alabama full-time or to a recent graduate (within the last 12 months) of a two or four-year college in Alabama. It is also open to Alabama residents attending colleges outside the state.
Click on the logo below to read about the partnership between the Gardens and Rotary Club of Shades Valley.
Native Plant Internship
The Native Plant Internship, originally funded by the Little Garden Club, began in the summer of 2014. The internship is open to a rising junior or senior attending a four-year college or university full-time or to a recent graduate of a two or four-year college. Preference will be given to students majoring in horticulture, landscape design, landscape architecture, biology, botany, ecology, plant science, and environmental science or a closely related discipline, as determined by the director of education.
High School Internship Program
2016 & 2017 High School Intern Micah Bartlett
One high school student is awarded an unpaid summer internship to work with other interns for a portion of the summer. The high school summer internship is open to a rising junior or senior or to a recent (within the last 12 months) high school graduate. The internship is not paid, but is offered to provide experience and direction to a young person interested in a profession in or related to plant sciences.
How to Apply
Additional internships may be arranged by special requests from colleges, universities and high schools. In the summer of 2013, for example, an internship was funded by Birmingham-Southern College (BSC), with funding matched by private sources, for a student enrolled in BSC’s Urban Environmental Studies program. During the fall semester of 2013, three high school students from the Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School completed their weekly community service requirements by working in the pathology lab, the greenhouses, and the education facilities of The Gardens.
Please send requests for more information to:
Brooke McMinn, Director of Education and Visitor Experience, Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens
2612 Lane Park Road
Birmingham, AL 25223