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After much deliberation and out of an abundance of caution as we continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on the community we serve, we have decided to cancel the Learning for a Greener Future Internship this summer. Human and environmental health have always been top priorities for Phipps, and the safety of our guests, staff and volunteers are of utmost importance. The high school internship is a very meaningful program at Phipps, and we look forward to offering the program once again in the summer of 2021.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is pleased to offer a six-week paid Learning for a Greener Future internship for highly motivated Pittsburgh-area high school students. As part of this program, participants with a strong interest in investigating the natural world gain knowledge in the areas of plant science, environmental education and communication, sustainability, vegetable gardening, and green careers.

Learning for a Greener Future ǀ June 18 – July 30, 2020

The Learning for a Greener Future internship program offers a variety of work experiences, classes, community service projects and field trips in the diverse fields of environmental and plant sciences. Throughout the program, interns work with Phipps' skilled science education and horticulture staff, college interns and volunteers, as well as experts from Pittsburgh's environmental community.

While participating in this experience, interns have the opportunity to:

  • Investigate green careers in environmental science, horticulture, education, communication and related fields
  • Learn the science and art of plant care through working in the Conservatory's historic glasshouse and outdoor gardens
  • Share environmental knowledge with the general public by participating in Phipps' science education and outreach programs
  • Grow and learn to prepare seasonal vegetables in our Rooftop Edible Garden
  • Take weekly cooking classes by volunteers from Slow Food Pittsburgh
  • Learn nature photography and environmental photojournalism skills
  • Become informed about and involved in local and global environmental issues
  • Engage in sustainability-related advocacy through activities at Phipps and with local environmental groups
  • Build resumes for future education and career opportunities

How to Apply

All applicants must be at least 16 years of age by Thurs., June 18, or have at least one year of school left, and qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch

Applications will be accepted Jan. 1 – May 8. All interested students should submit the following to be considered for employment:

  • Phipps High School Internship Application (PDF)
  • Brief essay (150-word minimum) detailing why you are interested in becoming an intern at Phipps
  • Letter of reference from an adult non-relative who can speak about your motivation to work and learn

Please submit materials via mail to:

Sarah States, High School Program Coordinator
Science Education and Research Department
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
One Schenley Park
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

or email to:

For more information, call 412/622-6915, ext. 6936 or email Sarah States today!

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This program is made possible by the generous support of the Grable Foundation and the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit Program. Meals are provided to the high school interns through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Summer Food Service Program. The program is a federally funded program administered by the PA Dept of Education. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens does not discriminate on basis of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex or handicap in employment practices or in administration of any of its educational programs or activities in accordance with applicable federal statutes and regulations. EOE