Phipps Conservatory is offering a summer Discovery Education Internship to students interested in gaining practical experience in all aspects of a botanical garden education program focusing on informal, participatory learning experiences. The intern will work alongside the Discovery Education staff and volunteers, assisting in developing and presenting Discovery activities, preparing supplies for activities in the Discovery Garden and Rooftop Edible Garden. This internship will focus on engaging in conversation and interacting with children and adults while encouraging children to participate in activities. The intern will gain experience in evaluating programs and guest interaction on an ongoing basis, and assisting in outreach activities.
The summer Discovery Education Internship runs from May through August, based on the student’s university schedule. The Discovery Education Intern will work 40 hours/week for a maximum of 16 weeks; this is a paid internship. Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at least halfway through course of study, or one year post-graduate from undergraduate program, or currently enrolled as a graduate student, majoring in environmental social sciences, environmental education, ecological or conservation-based biological sciences or related field. Previous experience working with children is a plus, and applicants must be willing to engage with children of different ages and transmit different levels of knowledge.