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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 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

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 2022 application process is different from the traditional CLM application. We will be posting position details on the Home page, as well as ECOLOG and 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 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.