Join Hidden Garden’s Unique Internship Program

and support our mission to bring Traditional Latino Medicine, Ancestral Gardening & Caribbean Wellness Traditions Conservation into both academia and the alternative medicine field, while developing valuable research experience.

Interns will be asked to choose a specific research project to work on during their time. They must be mature, self-motivated and academically thorough. Current project examples are creating a Bri Bri plant guide for local distribution, researching for the Alliance to Promote Wellness Traditions in Costa Rica and creating a free, online medicinal plant database. All Hidden Garden research projects are non-profit, with the goal of collecting information and returning it to it’s rightful owners, the people of Costa Rica. Click on the photos below to see updated information about the projects you can request to be involved with.

Intern’s Weekly Schedule


1        Two hour Ethnobotany Seminar

1        Individual Guidance Session with Rachel

2        Two hour work sessions with HG Apprentices

4        Two hour research/project/work sessions

The cost of the internship is $150/week, which covers everything listed in the above schedule, plus 7 nights shared lodging, access to the medicine garden, library, and community activities, as well as any required academic reporting. Additional costs to be covered by the intern are personal food and transport, as well as any costs associated with research activities (ie. tours with Indigenous guides). 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 and interest in one or more of the following areas of study:

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

Current Projects for Interns at Hidden Garden