Birmingham Botanical Gardens is open to all, every day of the week. Spring/summer hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (March 13–November 5). Please note that face coverings are optional inside City of Birmingham-owned buildings and venues, including the Garden Center and other indoor facilities at the Gardens, effective March 1, 2022. For more information and guidelines for visiting, please click here. We look forward to your visit!

Internship Program


The nonprofit Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the mission-driven, membership-based organization that seeks to protect, nurture, and share the wonders 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. 


 2022 Native Plant Internship 

2021 Native Plant Intern Trent Gilmore

The Friends' Native Plant Internship is awarded annually 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 is given to students majoring in horticulture, landscape design, landscape architecture, biology, botany, ecology, plant science, and environmental science or a closely related discipline. Please note that we are unable to accept applications from international students at this time. 

Applications for our 2022 Native Plant Internship must be submitted by April 15, 2022.

HOW TO APPLY


 2022 Rotary Club of Shades Valley Internship

2021 Rotary Club of Shades Valley Intern Alex Forrester

The Rotary Club of Shades Valley Summer Internship is awarded annually 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.

Deadline extended! Applications for our 2022 Rotary Club of Shades Valley Internship must be submitted by May 6, 2022.

HOW TO APPLY

Click on the logo below to read about the partnership between Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Rotary Club of Shades Valley. 


 High School Internship Program

2019-20 High School Intern Ann Inskeep

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.

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 Dr. Tyler Mason, Director of Education and Visitor Experience with the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, at [email protected] or 205.414.3950, ext. 107.