Chicago Botanic Garden

by on May 17, 2008

Check out the latest internship postings from Chicago Botanic Garden.

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This isn’t the first time we’ve featured internships at a botanical garden, but we thought it was time to reach out to those plant science and botany majors again. It must have crossed our mind when we realized that spring is in full force at One Day, One Job Headquarters. Everything has bloomed, and not only is it beautiful here, but it also smells great. Whenever we open a door or window we get a fragrant burst of springtime. Since we hear from a lot of people that we focus too much on internships in New York and California (hey, that’s where a lot of them are), the addition of the Chicago Botanic Garden to our list of companies and organizations that hire interns should be welcome.

Chicago Has Great Flora and Fauna

You may have heard that a wild cougar was recently shot by police in downtown Chicago and that another was sighted shortly afterwards. Usually big cities don’t get that much wildlife action, which is why things like botanic gardens were created – to make sure things didn’t get too urban. “The 385-acre Garden features 23 display gardens and three native habitats, uniquely situated on nine islands surrounded by lakes.” It sounds wonderful. I haven’t been there yet, but I’m in Chicago often enough that I will make a visit sooner or later. Once I go, I’ll leave a comment on this post with my observations. There are three core components to what the Chicago Botanic Garden does: collections, education, and research. There are internship opportunities that touch on all three of areas, but unfortunately almost all of the internships directed at non-graduates have already been filled (there are a lot of internships for new grads though).

Internships for People Who Stop to Smell the Flowers

There are three specific internship programs with the Chicago Botanic Garden, all of which can be found directly from their Employment page. Their main internship program offered over a dozen different internships (with even more openings) for the summer of 2008; unfortunately, all but one of those internships are filled already. The one that is not yet filled is the The President John H. Stroger, Jr. Internship Program, which offers 5 internships for Cook County residents only. The deadline for applying has passed, but there is a chance that you may be able to sneak your way in. Applications were supposed to be submitted to “each candidate’s appropriate Forest Preserve District Commissioner, which is determined by residency.” For future reference, all of the internships at the Chicago Botanic Garden are paid, and all besides those in the President John H. Stroger, Jr. Internship Program are open to international students.

The second internship program with the Chicago Botanic Garden is the National Science Foundation
Research Experiences for Undergraduates
, which is also no longer accepting applications. This is run in collaboration with Northwestern University and offers “a 10-week summer research experience in Plant Biology and Conservation.” More about these internships can be found here. You can apply for 2009 starting in December.

Finally, here are the internships that are still available. This is a change for us, because these internships are geared towards new grads instead of current students, but we think that you’ll find these opportunities quite interesting. The Conservation and Land Management Internship Program places more than 80 outstanding college graduates in five- or ten-month paid internships ($750 every 2 weeks) to assist professional staff at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS) or U.S. Forest Service (USFS). Interns are given one week of training on the Endangered Species Act and related conservation issues and then sent off across the country to work with their mentors. Areas that interns may work in include: Archaeology, Botany, Conservation, Entomology, Forestry, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Ornithology, Policy (i.e., U.S. Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Policy Act ), Range Management, Recreation, Technical Writing, Wetland Ecology, and Wildlife. These internships offer amazing learning opportunities and the possibility to jump directly into an entry-level job (also check out entry-level jobs at the Chicago Botanic Garden). There’s a lot more information about this program on the Conservation and Land Management Internship Program page, so don’t forget to give it a look.

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