Education and Public Programs Intern Department: Education - Fall 2022
Nashville, TN Education
Job Type
Part-time, Temporary

Work in one of the most beautiful places in Nashville! Formerly the family home of Mabel and Leslie Cheek, Cheekwood now serves the public as a botanical garden, arboretum, and museum with period rooms and art galleries. Cheekwood’s mission is to stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit, for not only our visitors, but our staff as well.

Cheekwood’s Education and Public Programs internship is designed for the undergraduate or graduate student seeking hands-on experience in a nonprofit museum and botanical garden. Interns will assist with the coordination and setup of various programs, to include: 

  • Harvest workshops 
  • Wellness classes
  • Thursday Night Out 
  • Cultural celebrations like Moon Viewing and El Día de los Muertos

The Education and Public Programs Intern will work under the direction of the Vice President of Education and Outreach to plan and execute adult programming, workshops, and classes. This intern will also facilitate the launch of a new education series for adults looking to learn more about various art forms or gardening. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Create supply lists
  • Source and maintain a materials budget
  • Generate any necessary program materials and signage
  • Assist in overseeing, logistics, planning, and execution of adult education classes and workshop at Cheekwood
  • Generate ideas for marketing to reach new audiences
  • Seek out local teaching artists for potential future classes
  • Compile information for marketing and website information
  • Facilitate the execution of various musical performances at Cheekwood
  • Assist instructors and performers onsite from arrival to departure
  • Interns will conduct a semester-long project related to continuing education
  • Additional tasks as assigned.



The ideal candidate is passionate about working with the public, enjoys art, is interested in adult education, is detail-oriented, and can work as part of a team or individually. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe InDesign is also preferred. 

Hours/Time Commitment: 

Minimum 15 hours/week for up to 16 weeks.


Sophomore or above at the undergraduate level, or graduate student at an accredited university.

Area of Study: 

Arts, Art Education, Nonprofit Management, Event Planning, or Arts Administration. 

Application Requirements: Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest with desired internship and semester, a resume, and a list of 3 references, at least one academic. Start dates may vary based upon department needs and schedule. Please "Apply" below via the orange button and also remember to submit letter, resume and references to Abby Ornella at by the application deadline for the desired semester. All interns will be required to undergo a background check.

Part-time Benefits:

  • Membership & Discounts: As an employee, you receive a Cheekwood membership, which entitles you to unlimited admission during regular Garden hours and a limited number of free tickets to special events. Members also receive discounts classes, ticketed events, and purchases at the Gift Shop. Your Cheekwood membership also include reciprocal admission for named members to more than 300 gardens though the American Horticultural Society.
  • Reciprocal Admission: As an employee of Cheekwood you have free general admission access to many local cultural, historical, and art institutions as part of the employee admission program.

Cheekwood is an equal opportunity employer

Salary Description
$15.00 per hour