Internship offerings are available for university students, with occasional high school level opportunities, and are seasonally dependent. Internships are unpaid, however, the experiences and knowledge gained can be invaluable. In many cases, hours can be flexible to accommodate student schedules.
To apply for an internship, please forward a cover letter, resume, and a volunteer application to, or mail to:
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Attention: Volunteer Coordinator
1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43203

Current Opportunities:

Graphic Design Internship 

Summary: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is seeking a creative, self-motivated student interested in developing their design skills through real world experience. The Intern will work with the Marketing Department on various projects within the areas of fundraising, exhibitions, events and education. 

Work alongside the marketing staff, as well as independently, on projects including but not limited to: print & digital design production, typography, signage, and photography

Internship Requirements
  • Must be current working toward a degree in Graphic Design or related area of study
  • Must have an interest in marketing, communications & branding
  • An interest in non-profits and horticulture is preferred
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Adobe products on a Mac Platform including: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Competency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Photography and videography familiarity
  • Ability to work independently and with others
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Time management skills
Additional Information: This is an unpaid internship. Flexible schedule, Monday-Friday, based on availability of intern candidate (8–12 hours/week)

Public Horticulture Internships

Summary: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is seeking a horticulturally inspired individual interested in gaining knowledge and practical experience about Public Horticulture through hands on work. Interns will rotate through the different areas of our Horticulture Department which include: Tropical Conservatory, Production Greenhouse, Botanical Gardens, Community Garden Campus, and our satellite garden at the Columbus Commons.

  • Acquiring a basic foundation of horticultural knowledge while maintaining the health and aesthetics of plant collections
  • Learning about Integrated Pest Management practices – including scouting,  monitoring, and documenting for pests and plant pathogens
  • Learning to safely and effectively use horticulture tools and equipment
  • Discovering the different career opportunities in horticulture and public gardens. 


  • Working towards a degree in Horticulture, Landscape Design, a related major, or a recent graduate.
  • Ability to walk up to five miles/day, and lift up to 25 pounds unassisted
  • Capable of bending, kneeling, squatting, and standing for extended periods of time
  • Ability to work in varying weather conditions, including rain, and extreme heat and humidity
  • Must be able to work with people from all backgrounds and abilities 

Knowledge and Experience Preferred

  • Some basic plant identification knowledge, including perennials, trees, shrubs and annuals
  • Basic plant biology knowledge
  • Gardening or landscaping experience 


  • This unpaid internship is available May 15–August 15, 2015.
  • Minimum of 10 hours/week commitment
  • Hours are 8am–3:30pm (flexible on end time but all interns must start at 8am)

If interested in applying, please email resume and cover letter to Tracey Barnes, Volunteer Coordinator at or call 614.715.8098 for more information. 


MPH Practicum Internship – Education Department

Summary:  Work with the Education Department on coordinating a program to deliver food and nutrition education to low-income NE-side families.
Requirements: Must currently be a MPH (Master's of Public Health) student who needs to fulfill practicum hours.
Additional Information: The internship runs throughout the year and is flexible to meet the needs of the student. 

Dietetic Internship – Education Department

Internship Summary: Assist the Education Department in development and delivery of edible education programs, including summer camps, cooking classes, nutrition education and farmers' market programming.


  • Must possess a degree in Dietetics, Food & Nutrition or

  • Be working towards registration as a dietitian, or

  • Be currently enrolled in a college program in the same or closely-related discipline that needs to fulfill practicum hours.

Additional Information: The internship runs throughout the year and is flexible to meet the needs of the student.