Buzz Lab Teen Internship

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Buzz Lab 2023

Buzz Lab is a twelve-day paid internship during the summer of 2023 for teens interested in art, science, and the environment. Buzz Lab interns engage in learning, teaching, creating, sustaining, and advocating for the livelihood of pollinators in a healthy ecosystem.

Buzz Lab interns will work with scientists, artists, and community members to learn and discuss the importance of pollinators, create works of public art, and participate in gardening and research in the Pollinator Garden at Plains Art Museum and other sites. This year there will be 16 spots available.

Interns must commit to the following dates:

  • June 5-7, 9 am-4 pm
  • June 8. Site visit and overnight stay, 7 AM arrival for 7:30 AM departure from Plains Art Museum
  • June 9: Site visit and return travel, 6 PM arrival and pick up at Plains Art Museum
  • June 12-16: 9 AM-4 PM
  • July 20: 9 AM-4 PM
  • August 19: 9 AM- 4 PM

Please communicate all scheduling conflicts as soon as possible. This may affect the intern’s stipend.

This is a paid internship: After completing the first 5 days, June 5-9, participants will be paid $150.00. On the following days, June 12-16, interns will be paid $150.00. July 20th and August 19 interns will be paid $60.00

This is a 9-day paid internship: After completing the first 5 days June 6-10 participants will be paid $150.00. The following days, June 13-16th, interns will be paid $120.00.

Applications are due at 11:59 pm on Friday, April 14, 2023. Submit by:

  • Mailing to Attn: Buzz Lab, 704 First Ave. N., Fargo ND 58102
  • Email to
  • or complete online below.

All applicants will be notified by Monday, May 8th via the email listed on the application.

Application assistance is available! Please contact Alatera McCann for via email or phone 701.551.6119.

  • Ages 12-18 on the first day of the internship (June 6, 2022) may apply.
  • Must be available June 5th-9th, June 12th-16th, July 20th, and August 19th
    • Including the June 8th overnight site visit to International Peace Garden in Dunseith, ND
    • A site visits will require valid identification. Acceptable forms of documentation are passports (this is the best option), driver’s licenses, state IDs, or birth certificate.
      • They must be the original document; copies cannot be accepted.
      • Please make sure your form of ID will be valid through the entirety of the internship.
      • If this is an obstacle for you, please contact Alatera McCann,, as soon as possible, and do not let it deter you from applying.
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm and willingness to work as part of a team.
  • We encourage students interested in art, science, and the environment to apply, especially those who would be the first to attend college in their family, black, indigenous, and students of color.
  • We understand transportation may be a hardship for some families; please note on the application if you will need help with transportation. This will not affect your application.
Buzz Lab is made possible with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, ArtPlace America, the Bush Foundation, NDSU Junior Master Gardener, and the Phyllis Thysell Fund for Education. ArtPlace America is a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks, and federal agencies accelerating creative placemaking across the U.S.

The 2020 Buzz Lab interns present GOODNIGHT EARTH, a project created by 2020 Buzz Lab interns in collaboration with fiber artist Quill River. The individual seed pillows were hand-sewn by interns, then stitched together into a collaborative quilt with the intent to interrupt the expanses of cement in our community. Pollinators, and specifically bees, can only travel up to 5 miles to locate food, water, or rest. This growing quilt intends to provide space for pollinators to find food and rest. If left to grow, over the next few weeks you will see wildflowers, lettuce, spinach, basil, and cilantro emerge.

Click here for the downloadable GOODNIGHT EARTH zine, with instructions on making your own seed pillow.