Join Hidden Garden’s Unique Internship Program and support our mission to conserve and promote Traditional Africana and Latino Wellness Traditions, in academia, in the alternative medicine field and most importantly, in the communities of those whose survival has been based on these ancestral traditions. There are two types of internship: an onsite internship at Hidden Garden in Costa Rica or the online research internship, which can be paired with an independent study or thesis project for those who are in school.

Interns will be asked to choose a specific research project to work on. They must be mature, self-motivated and academically thorough. All Hidden Garden research projects are non-profit, with the goal of collecting wellness information and returning it to it’s rightful owners and their descendants.

Online Independent Study

  • Assistance choosing appropriate topic
  • Communication with and reporting to school staff
  • Research supervision & recommended resources
  • Possibility to publish finished thesis on Hidden Garden’s blog

The cost of the internship is $60/month, which includes one monthly skype session with your Hidden Garden teacher, as well as any required academic reporting. Interns are eligible to receive discounts on Hidden Garden courses and wellness services. We accept applications from anyone; however priority will be given to interns who have previous experience and interest in one or more of the following areas of study:   Indigenous or Traditional Medicine, Africana, Indigenous or Latin American Studies, Ethnobotany, International Law, Medical Anthropology, Project Management or Publicity, Human Rights & Health Justice.

Onsite at Hidden Garden

  • Work sessions with head gardener
  • Research, projects, attending to visitors
  • Individual Session with Rachel
  • 3 week minimum stay

The cost of the internship is $150/week, which covers all internship activities, plus rustic lodging, access to the medicine garden and library. Additional costs to be covered by the intern are personal food and transport. Interns are eligible to receive discounts on classes and wellness services. Although your research internship will lead you to a greater understanding of ethnobotany, it is not an herbal apprenticeship. Please see our course list if you would like to study herbalism with us. We accept applications from anyone; however priority will be given to interns who have previous experience in one or more of the following areas:   Africana, Indigenous or Latin American Studies, Indigenous or Traditional Medicine, Ethnobotany, International Law, Medical Anthropology, Project Management or Publicity, Human Rights & Health Justice.

If you would like to apply for an internship with us, please send your resume and/or and a brief description of your goals and the dates that you are interested in visiting us, to info@hiddengarden.co.

Example Projects for Interns at Hidden Garden