Internships & Residencies

Internship & Volunteer Program

The U.S. Forest Service, in partnership with the Grey Towers Heritage Association, sponsors a seasonal (Spring and Fall) internship program for undergraduate or recently graduated college students. Their interests focus on history, environmental science, hospitality and tourism.

The Grey Towers Heritage Association interns work with the U.S. Forest Service and help deliver programs, conduct mansion tours and work in the gift shop. Each are given an assigned project to complete during their tenure at Grey Towers.

Internship Opportunities

Applications currently are being accepted for a variety of college and post-graduate unpaid internships at Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford, PA.

College students who are interested in parks and recreation, history, gardening, horticulture and landscape architecture, museum services and forestry are encouraged to apply. Housing on the historic estate and uniforms may be provided. Students may be able to arrange for academic credit with their school.

Visitor Services / Landscape / Museum Archives

College Students/Recent Grads: Grey Towers offers a volunteer learning opportunity for students and recent grads who are seeking internship/externship credits, a resume builder, or some on-the-job introduction and experience. As a volunteer, students receive the experience they are seeking, training and possibly housing and uniforms. These are unpaid positions. Hours and seasonal time frames vary based on our needs and availability of the students.

This program is a great fit for students of a variety of academic areas of study, including but not limited to: Horticulture and landscape design; museum, archival and curatorial services; visitor services, parks and recreation, history and environmental studies.

Information: 570-296-9630 or

Grey Towers also administers a formal internship program through the national initiative, USDA Pathways. This program is designed for college students or recent grads interested in careers with the agency. These are paid positions that can be converted into permanent employment.


Gardening / Horticulture

This internship provides a valuable, practical experience for student who wants a hands-on experience with landscape design, horticulture and garden technique. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2020.

Send a letter interest, including field of study and expected graduation date to: Elizabeth Hawke, Horticulturist at or call 570-296-9661 for more information.


Mortimer Garden Internship

For information contact Horticulturist Elizabeth Hawke at 570-296-9661,


Student Conservation Association (SCA) Internships

For information: 570-296-9630 or


General Intern Information

Start and end dates vary. Students may qualify for credits through arrangements they make with their academic institutions. For general information, call 570-296-9630 or email

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.


The following is the work of recent interns:

USFS Chief Tidwell Interview

Essay: Rediscovery – Laurel Hill Cemetery

Historical Posters “Hired, Fired, and Admired” 

Scholar-in-Residence Program

We welcome applications for a 1-to-4 week writing retreat and residency at Grey Towers National Historic Site.

Professional historians and graduate students with a research project on forest or natural history conservation, the USDA Forest Service or Gifford Pinchot and his family, are invited to apply for the opportunity to reside at Gifford Pinchot’s ancestral home, immersing themselves in the site where Pinchot gained the inspiration to write, legislate, and tirelessly work on behalf of forest conservation.

Learn about Our Scholar’s work




intern on ground tour   Earth Day FestivalSave