The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy offers short and long-term summer internship opportunities for college and graduate students interested in careers related to the Conservancy’s many departments. Interns complete hands-on projects relevant to their area of specialization while working closely with supervisors, colleagues and volunteers in their host department.

We also offer fall and spring semester internships for students currently enrolled in degree-granting programs. These internships are unpaid and require a commitment of 12 hours per week for 10 weeks. The Conservancy strongly encourages applications from students who are members of groups underrepresented in careers related to its mission.

Current Internship Opportunities

Fallingwater Summer Landscape Internship (2 openings)

Mill Run, PA

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, seeks applications for the McKenna Foundation summer landscape internship.

Job Description:  The landscape interns are responsible for the design and installation of a project defined by the Operations Department for the Fallingwater grounds.  The interns will work as a team to implement the approved design/build project.  Cyclical maintenance of the Fallingwater landscape will also be part of daily responsibilities.  The interns work under the direct supervision of the Horticulture Specialist and the Director of Operations.  Dr. George Longenecker, Professor Emeritus at West Virginia University, will provide guidance on a weekly basis throughout the summer.

Qualifications:  Enrollment in a masters program or undergraduate program in Landscape Architecture, Horticulture, Landscape Contracting or related fields of study.  Experience with Adobe Photoshop and CAD or other drafting software.  Applicants must have the ability to perform strenuous outdoor landscaping tasks in a variety of weather conditions.

Position Duration:  Ten weeks, beginning in late May and ending in early August.

Location:  Fallingwater is located in rural Mill Run Pennsylvania and is approximately 75 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.  Housing on site is provided and is shared, Co-Ed.  Access to a personal vehicle is recommended due to the remote location of Fallingwater.

Pay:  This internship pays an hourly wage of $10 and includes free on-site housing.  Interns are responsible to provide their own food, linens, laundry supplies and incidentals.

Application Process:  To apply, email the following items as PDF files to and list Landscape Intern in the subject line.

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (employer or professor)

Application deadline:  March 15, 2019

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy considers applicants and volunteers without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, sexual preference, disability, marital status or veteran status. Read the WPC Equal Opportunity Employer Statement.