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 field
  • 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 unpaid internship begins in October and continues through April/May. Flexible schedule, Monday-Friday, based on availability of intern candidate (8–12 hours/week)

Horticulture Department Internships

Summary: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is seeking creative, self-motivated students interested in developing their horticulture skills through hands-on, practical experience in a public garden setting.
Internships Available in the following areas:

  • Botanical Gardens – Learn identification and the horticultural care of annuals, perennials, ornamental grasses, trees and shrubs.
  • Columbus Commons – Help maintain 12,000 square feet of gardens in downtown Columbus. Learn about design strategies for urban garden planning and the horticultural care that is needed to sustain them.
  • ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus – Learn everything you ever wanted to know about vegetable gardening! Discover new and innovative methods of growing fruits and vegetables and how to incorporate edible ornamentals into the landscape.

Additional Information: These are ongoing internship opportunities.  Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator for a full internship description.

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.