Ethnobotany Internship

Hours per week







Ethnobotany is the study of the relationship between people and plants. Runa Foundation’s core work focuses on how we can value native plants and the ancestral of knowledge of native plants as a tool for improving local livelihoods and biodiversity conservation.

Project Objectives include identifying important native plants of the upper and lower amazon region and understanding their importance in indigenous culture; documenting local knowledge of native plants; identifying new potential markets or uses for native plants.

Intern Duties include utilizing varied primary and secondary sources to research important native species and their uses; conducting interviews and other data collection activities with farmers, community leaders, and other local actors/key stakeholder; cataloging findings, including plants, their ecological and medicinal properties, natural habitat, cultivation, preparation, use, and cultural and commercial significance.


This internship is geared towards undergraduate and graduate students majoring in environmental science, policy, business, agriculture, or a related field. Proficiency in English and/or Spanish is required. Experience in Latin America and/or working in a rural setting is a plus.

To Apply - Please send the following directly to our Program Manager at

1. A simple resume

2. Letter of intent (including which project you are applying for, what date range you would like to intern, and why you think you are a great candidate)

3. Two references (email addresses are OK)

Dates: Internships are 8-12 weeks (longer possible with visa fees)

*Dates can be flexible according to interns’ needs.* 

Costs: 8 weeks room and program fees: $1600 

10 weeks room and program fees: $2000 

Additional weeks: $200/week 

*Program fees include living accommodations in our fully-equipped and beautiful shared intern house. This includes electricity, drinking water, wifi, basic cleaning/laundry services, staff support, and project costs.

**Travel expenses and food are not included.  

***If you are interested in collaborating with us or have any questions about the internship program please send an email directly to