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Now accepting applications for fall:

Offered during the Fall and Spring Semesters (now accepting applications for fall)
Cheekwood Education and Public Programs Internships are designed for the university or college student seeking hands-on experience in a non-profit museum and botanical garden. Interns can experience all aspects of museum education and programming including: developing and teaching classes, creating educational materials, guiding tours through the gardens and collections, contributing to Cheekwood’s wide range of events, and working with a variety of age groups. The internship is ideal for students wishing to gain experience in: art education, museum education, event planning, and music business.

Hours/Time Commitment:
Internships are offered in conjunction with the academic calendar, coinciding with the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Hours vary and are flexible, but a minimum of 15 hours per week is required. Students should be available to work during Cheekwood’s opening hours and some Saturdays.

Academic Credit:
All interns are encouraged to obtain credit for internships through their academic institution. Cheekwood will work with students to complete all required paperwork and documentation.

Description / Focus Areas:
Internships are designed to introduce students to the multi-faceted and high energy field of museum education and provide opportunities to apply classroom skills in a real-world environment. Specific internship projects are based on Cheekwood needs and requirements as well as applicants’ interests and skills. Possible intern projects and/or areas of focus include:

  • Exhibition Interpretation
    Interns will work with the Director of Education & Public Programs to develop interpretive materials, such as interactive galleries and family guides, in conjunction with upcoming exhibitions in the Garden and Museum of Art.
  • Studio Art Instruction / Teaching Assistant
    Teaching Assistants will work with the Youth and Community Coordinator to manage the operations of Cheekwood’s weekly classes or camps. From developing craft activities and preparing the supplies to facilitating class sessions, interns will help create a fun and educational season of classes. Potential duties include: supply ordering & preparations, lesson planning for classes and larger events, leading drop-in art programs, planning and facilitating seasonal programming for families.
  • Public Programs & Events
    Interns will work with the Public Programs Coordinator to plan and execute monthly programs, concerts, lectures and workshops, and seasonal events such as Cheekwood in Bloom, Spring Art Hop, Cheekwood Harvest, El Día de los Muertos, and Holiday @ Cheekwood. Potential duties include: researching talent for public programs, assisting with performance preparations, organizing event space, lay-out, and logistics, and overseeing programs while in progress.
  • School Services & Outreach
    Interns will work with Cheekwood’s School & Outreach Coordinator to develop educational materials for school tours and programs as well as projects and materials for outreach services. From creating standards-based tours to developing supplemental materials for teachers, aspiring educators will gain great hands-on experience.

    Application Process:
    Interested applicants should submit their letter of interest and resume to the Volunteer Coordinator at or mail it to: 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37205. Applicants should reference the focus area(s) they are most interested in (Exhibit Interpretation, Studio Art Instruction, Programs & Events, or School Services and Outreach.)



(now accepting applications for fall)
Horticulture internships are designed to expose students to the multi-faceted and labor intensive field horticulture and public garden management while providing them with opportunities to apply these skills in a real-world environment. Interns help maintain Cheekwood’s gardens while working side by side with highly skilled garden staff throughout the 55 acre garden. Interns play an integral role in ensuring the quality and overall beauty of the gardens by assisting with planting, watering, weed control, insect and pest identification, fertilization, and general garden upkeep.

Responsibilities Include:
• Follow and assist garden staff with the daily garden maintenance, rotating through each garden.
• Assist with seasonal color installation.
• Assist with daily garden maintenance such as weeding and watering.
• Observe Seasonal Color design sessions and assist with plant selection.
• Assist with the plant collections including dogwood collection.
• Assist with plant maintenance in the production greenhouses.

Goals/Accomplishments Include:
• Work collaboratively with the garden staff in order to understand their key role with in the institution.
• Develop working knowledge of minor equipment such as mowers, blowers, and weedeaters.
• Work with the Garden manager to develop a self guided tour for the Dogwood collection.

Hours / Time Commitment:
The total amount of time worked per week is at the digression of the student, volunteer or requirements by the University. To fully understand all aspects of the Horticulture Department a minimum of 15 hours per week is suggested.

Compensation / College Credit:
All interns are encouraged to obtain credit for internships through their academic institution. The Horticulture department internship program does not currently offer any paid internship positions. Interns are responsible for their housing, meals, and travel expenses.

Disclaimer Statement:
This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts or working conditions associated with the internship. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current internship, management reserves the right to revise the internship, or to require that other, or different tasks be performed when circumstances change.




(now accepting applications for fall)
Development Department internships are designed to expose students to Membership, Individual, Corporate and Foundation Giving while providing students with opportunities to apply skills in a real-world environment.

Responsibilities Include:
• Conducting research on top prospects using a variety of tools and online databases
• Assisting with the execution of cultivation and fulfillment events for top donors and members
• Drafting fundraising communications copy
• Researching grant opportunities
• Preparing management tracking materials
• Interacting with members and donors
• Assisting staff with preparation and execution of projects and activities

Experience in the following areas is preferred:
• Experience in arts and culture institutions
• Research
• Museum Services
• Customer Service

The Development internship runs Monday through Friday 8:30am – 5pm, with a 6-12 week commitment. The intern will keep a Log Sheet recording actual hours, by day.

Application Deadline: Interested applicants should send the following materials to Letter of interest and resume.


(now accepting applications for fall)

Special Events Department internships are designed to expose students to the multi-faceted and high energy field of Event Sales, Planning, Coordination and Execution while providing students with opportunities to apply skills in a real-world environment.
Responsibilities Include:
• Active learning in the area of proactive sales, planning, coordination and scheduling of a wide variety of events including annual events, corporate events, weddings, fundraisers, networking events, and special interest group meetings.
• Assisting in the creation of proposals to tailor events specifically to Clients needs and accurately represent financial obligation of client.
• Web based marketing and media – assist with creating, editing and publishing content to the website, as well as other web based multimedia marketing tools
• Working with a team to become familiar with preparing logistic documents for vendors and staff
• Day of event execution as needed; set-up, tear-down, and general coordination of overall event.
• All other duties approved by supervisor.

Experience in the following areas is preferred:
• Strong project management skills, working with cross-functional teams
• Strong analytical skills; fluent with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
• Excellent oral and written communications, demonstrated success with multi-tasking & juggling multiple priorities
• Self-starter who takes initiative, highly reliable, polished and professional when dealing with members, prospective members, sponsors, and executive management
• Comfortable in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment

Hours may vary depending upon events and class schedule.

This position is unpaid. Students are encouraged to seek academic credit from their institution. Interns are responsible for their housing, meals, and travel expenses. All interns receive discounts in Cheekwood’s restaurant and gift shop on their days of service.

Mail or email intern application materials to

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