Horticultural Internship Program




Kalāheo/Lāwa‘i Valley, Island of Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i


National Tropical Botanical Garden offers a work-study internship for college- and university-level students and other adults interested in expanding their knowledge of horticulture for career purposes. NTBG’s Horticultural Internship Program (HIP) is designed for energetic and motivated individuals. Interns will work side-by-side with staff caring for and learning about the plant collections, including native Hawaiian species, breadfruit, and other tropical species. The schedule includes on-the-ground introduction and training, lectures, or workshops by NTBG staff faculty on plant propagation, plant records/mapping, botany, ethnobotany, restoration ecology, conservation, and other plant-related topics. For students interested in the establishment, development, and maintenance of a botanical garden, this is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable, practical experience in a tropical setting.

Applicants must:

● Be a college-level student or have relevant experience or education

● Show an aptitude and strong interest in tropical horticulture, botany, conservation, ethnobotany, or science-related fields with mature career goals in this direction