Veteran Internship Program
Job Type


Seasonal Full-time, 12 weeks



Located in Wheaton, Illinois, Cantigny is the former home of Colonel Robert McCormick, longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. Cantigny is home of the McCormick House, First Division Museum, spectacular gardens, picnic grounds, nature trails, a Visitors Center with banquet and dining facilities, educational and recreational programs, a championship golf course, and much more. Explore Cantigny at 

Cantigny Gardens:

Created by renowned landscape architect Franz Lipp, the twenty-nine acres of formal gardens at Cantigny are a horticultural masterpiece. Cantigny possesses one of the largest display gardens in the Midwest with more than 160,000 annuals, perennials, ground covers and flowering shrubs and trees. Cantigny’s gardens are a source of education, recreation, and inspiration to thousands of visitors annually. 

Positions available in various departments including:

· Security

· Greenhouse

· Forestry

· Guest Services

· McCormick House (Artifact/Collections)

Principal Function:

Work under supervision in assigned Department while participating in the Veteran Internship Program to create a plan for transitioning to the civilian workforce. Furthermore, convene weekly as a veteran cohort to explore garden spaces, acquire new skills via hands-on projects, and participate in small-group sessions aimed at enhancing workplace adaptability and resourcefulness. We are looking forward to welcoming participants to join the program for the 2024 season, anticipated to start mid-May through beginning of August.

Providing Opportunities:

The Veterans Internship Program provides transitioning service members with professional training and hands-on experience in the civilian workforce. The professional development offered throughout the program prepares veterans for a smooth transition into meaningful civilian careers.

· Veterans will be provided proper training, mentorship, and leadership during the internship. 

· Veterans will have coaching for resume writing, interview skills and learn how to search for employment.



Our ideal candidate will have the following:

· Veteran status.

· Must be able to provide DD Form 214 with application during application process.

· Ability to provide Veteran I.D.

· Good communication and interpersonal skills.

· Excellent listening, written, and verbal communication skills; must be proficient in English

· Previous computer experience using Microsoft Word and Excel.

· Must be able to walk for extended periods of time and be able to lift at least 70 lbs. to just above the waist (dependent on department role)

· Must find satisfaction in working with the public and possess an outgoing, friendly, courteous, and enthusiastic personality

· Must be a team player with a willingness to learn

Working Conditions:

· This is a Full-Time position, from mid-May-beginning of August. May require use of office equipment including computers, telephones, copiers, scanners, and fax machines. The work can be physically demanding and sometimes includes heavy lifting, repetitive motion, and long periods of standing/walking. Proper safety training and gear must always be used due to the nature and environment of the work. This includes wearing proper PPE and completing safety trainings on a pre-determined schedule. 

Dates of Position(s): Must be able to work 12 weeks from May 20 through August 9.


· Honorably discharged veterans seeking interim employment and guidance in creating a plan for transitioning to the civilian workforce. 


April 19 – Applications due

Applications will be reviewed after receipt of Employment Application, Federal Affirmative Action Questionnaire (voluntary), DD Form 214, and current resume including your education and work experience with dates.