Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden Interns


Katherine Montella
University of Maryland, Class of 2020
Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden Intern

This internship has made my summer extraordinary! I’ve had fun every day of working here while also getting practical experience working for a non-profit. My time with the Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden has reenforced my desire to continue striving for a career in the non-profit field. I really valued this opportunity to learn more about the day-to-day operations of the organization and become an active member of the office. I also loved being able to work closely with many staff and board members throughout my projects. These projects were ones that allowed me to make important contributions to the organization and were projects I was proud to work on.

I can’t imagine a more beautiful place to work and I’m so thankful for all of my fellow coworkers and interns for making my job a once in a lifetime experience!


Caleb Schwartz
Harvard College, Class of 2020
2019 HOPS Fellow

The USBG is a magical place to work. I learned so much from the rest of the staff, who were always willing to share knowledge about the collections. I feel very fortunate that I was able to spend my summer in such a uniquely beautiful place. 

After college, I hope to work in a justice-oriented career, whether through community organizing, law, education, policy, or something else. I believe that education is an essential and too-often overlooked or overshadowed part of creating sustainable social change. HOPS is a unique program in that it brings environmental education to children who may not have access to similar hands-on science lessons or spaces like the USBG. My time with HOPS gave me firsthand experience with a type of science education that enriches communities. I feel that I now better understand the effort, time, and resources that go into teaching and how institutions can support communities in their education practice.