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Internship Requi​rements

To be eligible for a CLM Internship, each applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate or Advanced Degree (2- or 4-year institution; includes community colleges, tribal colleges, etc.) in Biology, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Natural Resources Management, Botany, Wildlife Biology, or related fields You must receive your degree before starting an internship, however you can apply before your degree is complete! Spring semester 2019 graduates are encouraged to apply. Applicants with undergraduate AND graduate degrees are also encouraged to apply!
  • Have a current and valid drivers license
  • Have enthusiasm, independence, strong work ethic
  • Have interest in land management and applied conservation practices
  • Be a United States citizen

If you were an intern or applied for an internship previously, you still need to complete a new online application. Any letters of recommendation and transcripts received with your 2018 field season application are still on file and can be added to your 2019 field season application.  We do not retain letters of recommendation or transcripts from any field seasons prior to 2018.  If you have acquired recent experience related to your application, please ask that a person familiar with your work submit an additional letter on your behalf as well.

Each internship requires a unique set of skills in at least one of the following areas. Please note that most internships have a botany or botany & wildlife focus. Typically, very few wildlife positions are available.


  • Botany
  • Botany and Wildlife
  • Conservation
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Range Management
  • Wildlife


  • Archeology
  • Entomology
  • Forestry
  • Ornithology
  • Policy (i.e., U.S. Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Policy Act)
  • Recreation
  • Technical writing
  • Wetland ecology


Application Requirements

The 2020 application process has changed. We will be posting position details on the Home page, as well as ecology and land management job boards. Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to the Conservation and Land Management Program Manager, Chris Woolridge, at:

Cover Letter

Cover letters should be addressed to Manager/CLM Internship. Please discuss the following in your cover letter:

  • Why you are interested in the CLM Internship Program
  • What you hope to gain from an internship
  • Specific knowledge/experience/etc. that makes you especially competitive for a CLM internship
  • How a CLM internship will help you achieve your career goals
  • Any additional information that may be helpful or necessary for us to know


Questions about your application? Please email Chris Woolridge at:


In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Chicago Botanic Garden does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs or activities, including in employment or admissions. Please call 847-835-8264 to contact our Title IX Coordinator should you have questions or concerns.