INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Friends Internship Program seeks to create opportunities for students traditionally underrepresented in the fields of greenspace management, landscape design, public art, and sculpture conservation. This summer, Friends of the Public Garden is excited to offer two paid 8- week internships for college students.

Open positions: Parks Care GIS Intern, Public Art Intern

Friends of the Public Garden is one of the oldest parks advocacy groups in the nation, established in 1970 to support the ongoing care of the Boston Common, the Public Garden, and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. We work in partnership with the City of Boston and its Parks and Recreation Department, investing more than $2 million annually to ensure the parks remain healthy and vibrant spaces for our community. Our work focuses on the expert care of trees, turf, and plantings, the maintenance and restoration of sculptures and fountains, and advocacy to protect the parks for generations to come.

The Parks Care GIS Intern will help create the active inventory and mapping that will make the Garden’s rose beds and formal floral beds more accessible, providing an Esri dashboard to display the culmination of the project’s work to the public. This role will report to our Parks Care Team and require both in-person and remote work. An interest or background in horticulture is helpful, but not necessary. The internship experience will provide exposure to all facets of the Friends work.

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The Public Art Intern will continue research on a designated group of sculptures to understand the history of the statue and how it fits into park design and the city’s history. The Intern will also research and document efforts from other cities that are experimenting with alternative forms of commemoration to lift up untold stories and engage a broader public dialogue about commemoration. This research will provide context for future investigation and conversation about monuments. A background or strong interest in history, art history, or journalism will be helpful. The internship experience will provide exposure to all facets of the Friends work.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

The Friends of the Public Garden is an equal employment opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable law, we prohibit harassment and discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy or related medical conditions, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, gender identity or expression, transgendered status, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.