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Garden Internships

Learn professional gardening skills Horticulture Internship Program at Filoli. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Filoli is a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Formerly a grand 654–acre country place, Filoli is operated today as a public garden, historical estate, cultural center and nature center.

Filoli Intern prunes a rose bushFiloli Intern at work in the Garden.

The program is designed for students studying horticulture, public garden management, landscape maintenance and landscape architecture. Both current students and recent graduates are eligible for the program. Rotate throughout the 16–acre formal garden working two weeks in each area, including the greenhouse area, under the direct supervision of a lead horticulturist. Interns are taught techniques of planting, watering, hedging, fertilizing, mowing, pruning, etc. They are also taught to operate power equipment, use hand tools, and are required to learn garden and greenhouse plants, weeds and native plants. They are tested on these subjects at the end of the program. Interns (10 weeks) and apprentices (6 months) are paid hourly and may earn college credit. Work hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


For more information,
contact Jim Salyards, Internship Coordinator:
(650) 364-8300
extension 223
(650) 366-7836
86 Cañada Road
Woodside, CA 94062

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Program Schedule for 2016

2016 Internships (10 weeks)
Winter: January 4, 2016 through March 11, 2016
Spring: March 21. 2016 through May 27, 2016
Summer: June 13, 2016 through August 19, 2016
Fall: September 19, 2016 through November 25, 2016

2016 Apprenticeships (6 months)
January 4, 2016 through July 8, 2016
Spring: March 21, 2016 through September 23, 2016
Summer: June 13, 2016 through December 16, 2016
Fall: September 19, 2016 through March 17, 2017

Apprenticeships (6 months)

Apprentice applicants must demonstrate deeper commitment to horticultural maintenance training by having prior internship(s) experience at another public garden, or significant hands-on horticultural work experience.

How to Apply

Complete a program application (27k PDF) and submit with items listed below.

Cover letter, transcripts and three letters of recommendation. Please state the preferred program schedule.

The procedures are the same as for the intern application. Please state the preferred program schedule. Apprentices must have completed at least one internship at another public garden or have significant hands-on horticultural work experience.  Apprentices are required to do an independent project, after completing a ten-week training program (equivalent to the internship program), in addition to rotating throughout the garden areas a second time.

Deadline for Application
We receive and process applications for the garden internship and apprenticeship programs year-round. Since we have a limited number of spaces for each program, we recommend that students apply at least one month before the start date of the internship/apprenticeship. Our summer program is the most competitive and applications should be submitted by May 1 at the latest. Early applications will receive earlier consideration. Later applications are permitted, but the program sometimes fills before the deadline.

International Applicants for Garden Internships and Apprenticeships
International applicants must submit an application, while simultaneously applying through an international exchange program like Cultural Homestay International ( Applications must be received six months prior to the program of interest.