Each wedding season, we offer one or two internship openings for eager, creative souls who are interested in learning about event floral design through full immersion experience. This brave intern will experience ten wedding weeks from beginning to end, starting with learning how to receive and process flowers, moving into creating arrangements, and then setting up and breaking down a wedding, as well as every other important detail in between. Other tasks will include general studio upkeep, gathering and sorting supplies, holding the occasional baby, petting the dogs, and being flexible to fulfill a variety of roles that arise in a flower studio. Most of our interns are also interested in learning about the business side of florals and will sit in on client consultations and shadow some of our behind the scenes processes.
We are looking for someone who is excited, hungry to learn, tough, and willing to possibly rip a few pairs of pants along the way (it happens more than you know). Our ideal intern is able to work in a fast paced environment, problem solve with the best of them when in a pinch, provide excellent customer service that includes a lot of smiling, be as pleasant mannered/enthusiastic as possible about hard work and about flowers, and be able to work well independently as well as in a team.
“The SRV internship kind of took me by surprise. Working with flowers wasn’t even on my radar. Then I met these amazing ladies and when the timing was right I got to be their fall intern in 2018. This internship opened the door to a passion that I never knew was there. These boss women poured tons of knowledge out and I soaked it all up. Because of them and the internship, I have opened a business of my own in Richmond. This helped open my eyes to a dream I never even considered!”
(Fall Season Intern 2018)
“The SRV internship was most the single most beneficial experience for my floral career. Everyday was a new opportunity to practice design with leaders in the industry, you just can’t get that kind of training anywhere else. The crew at Sweet Root Village are by far the most helpful, kind, creative and hard working women I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. I’m so grateful for all the time they have poured into me and even more grateful to call them friends.”
(Fall Season Intern 2017)
This internship is a paid position with a ten week commitment from April 14th through June 20th. Applicants must be able to commit to working at the studio at least two days a week throughout the internship, and a minimum of five weekend events for both setup and breakdown. Obvious perks of the job will include learning flower skills and gaining what we hope will be invaluable experience. Additional tidbits include an endless supply of coffee and a crew of new friends. Continue down to apply!
“I tried the Sweet Root internship because I knew I could learn so much from working with Rachel, Lauren, and the rest of the Sweet Root staff. From the beginning, I could tell how much they loved what they were doing and the passion that they had for florals. From the practicalities of owning your own business to the creative process of making an arrangement, they had so much insight to give and were willing to teach me as much as possible. Honestly, I wish I could be their intern again because I truly enjoyed this process so much!”
(Fall Season Intern 2019)
I’ve never had so much fun going to work! The whole team was so generous about sharing their knowledge whenever I asked questions—I learned a ton about floral design and event prep, as well as the business side of things. I loved witnessing the positivity of the SRV team from the inside. It was a great encouragement to just be yourself and be kind, and I’ll take the lessons I learned forward in my own business. What can I say, it’s fun to join a friendly and well-oiled machine!
(Fall Season Intern, 2019)
“Floral design was so off my radar, I’d never created a DIY centerpiece let alone an arrangement for an event space. But…after following Sweet Root for a few months they announced their internship openings and I thought “Huh, I’ve got the time, why not?”.
And if I’ve learned anything from Sweet Root it’s the power of ‘why not?!’. Want to cover the rafters in vines, why not?! Trees…inside a ballroom, why not?! Taxidermy tablescape, why.the heck.not?!
When you join this team you’ll hit the ground running. No fear, with their positive, welcoming, figure-it-out spirit you’ll learn that anything is possible (within reason, time travel is hard guys). Oh, and everyone who works here is a snack loving, kiddo chasing, compassionate doofus. You’ll love ‘em!”
(Spring Season Intern, 2019)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What will my level of commitment be?
A: We are looking for someone who can work with us two full days a week and a minimum of 5 event weekends! And during particularly busy weeks we are often checking in about extra hours!
Q: Is this internship paid and how much?
A: Yes! We would never expect anyone to work for free! (what do you think we are? loco?!) We pay $15 per hour for studio hours during the week and during event weekends.
Q: If I apply will I automatically get an in person interview?
A: Unfortunately we can’t meet with every person who applies due to the volume of interest! If you receive a confirmation email asking about an interview, then we will meet with you in person at our floral studio.
Q: Will this internship lead to a job/ full-time position?
A: At this time our internships do NOT lead to a position in the company. But we love our interns and always keep them in mind as positions open up in the future with in our company and typically everyone continues to pop in for weekend events and busy seasons as needed!
Q: If I don’t get chosen (or if I can’t commit to the required time) for the internship is there anyway I can still be involved in Sweet Root Village and learn some sweet floral skills?
A: Yes! You’re in luck! We are always looking for eager creatives who want to learn on site by helping us at event set up and break downs. If you are interested in becoming apart of our creative team reach out to us via our website (scroll to the Creative Team section). We pay our creative team members $15 per hour for set up and $30 per hour for breaking down.
NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
(Applications close on Monday, February 17th)
You’ll become another well-documented face joining
our crew for the fall season and we can’t wait to meet you.
“I took the SRV internship to figure out if floral design was as dreamy as I imagined. Spoiler alert – IT IS!! Thanks to the mentorship of SRV I learned EVERYTHING about floral design: the dreamy artistry bits, the grungy shlepping inventory, washing buckets bits, even the business bits. About a year after my internship I was able to open my own studio and I am seriously so grateful to have learned from some of the hardest working, talented women ever”
(Spring Season Intern, 2017)
“Interning with Sweet Root allowed me to gain confidence, knowledge and understanding of the greater flower industry and allowed me to bring skills back to my shop that have transformed the way I operate as a team member.”
(Spring Season Intern, 2018)