The International Internship program

08 Apr

Sponsorship of Interns from overseas: Thanks to a internship program launched 30 years ago by the UK Friends of the Botanical Gardens, some 125 talented horticulturalists from overseas have spent varying periods of time at the JBG. Many of these interns have gone on to key positions in the horticultural industry worldwide, serving as ambassadors for JBG and creating a network of contacts for information and seed exchange. Interns come to Jerusalem for periods of four months to a year. They work with the gardening team on a variety of projects, depending on the gardens’ needs at that time and the interns’ fields of interest. Interns are accommodated in an apartment close to the Gardens and are offered tours to different parts of Israel.

Interns at the JBG are fully integrated into the professional team of botanists and horticulturalists. They are regarded as staff members; expected to work independently, taking on substantial responsibility while still being guided and taught. The level of responsibility offered to our interns means they are unlikely to be suitable for applicants who have less than two years’ experience,  However, if you have less experience than this and can prove your suitability, we’d like to hear from you.

Interns are integrated into our small and dedicated team in one of three roles:

  1. Nursery – Propagation track, 6 to 12 months
  2. Curatorship track, 2-4 months
  3. Tropical Conservatory, 6-12 months

For more information on tracks 1 and 2 look at the British Friends website

Australian candidates may also apply through JNF Australia

For more information on how to apply, please send a short letter of interest to

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