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 who come from low-income households. 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.

The 2017 application period is now open. Read on to learn more!

Learning for a Greener Future ǀ June 19 — July 27, 2017

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

Watch "Door to a Green Future," a video in which our 2015 interns document and discuss their Phipps experiences:


How to Apply

All applicants must be at least 16 years of age by Mon., June 19, have at least one year of school left to complete, and meet the household income requirement defined in the supplemental application

Applications will be accepted Jan. 1 – April 1, 2017. All interested students should submit the following to be considered for employment:

  • 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 to:

Emily Nye, High School Program Coordinator
Science Education and Research Department
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
One Schenley Park
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213

For more information, call 412/622-6915, ext. 3905 or email Emily Nye 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.