To provide practical work experience for undergraduates, Kew offers a series of sandwich student placements, either working in its science teams or as part of the Information Technology department.
One of the 2010 sandwich students maps the distribution of coffee species in East Africa.
Plant Science sandwich studentships
Each year, several sandwich course placements are available for projects with different science teams based in the Jodrell Laboratory, the Conservation Biotechnology Unit or the Herbarium at Kew; or in Seed Conservation at the Millennium Seed Bank partnership at Wakehurst.
These placements help students to develop practical and analytical skills, and provide an opportunity for them to participate in scientific research alongside leading plant scientists. The placements are funded by Kew and students are temporary salaried staff members.
Information Technology student placements
Sandwich course placements are also available in Science Applications Development and PC Systems Support. Among the applications supported by Science Applications Development team are the Electronic Plant Information Centre (ePIC) and the International Plant Names Index (IPNI).
The student placements support Kew’s scientific, horticultural and administrative activities. Students gain valuable technical and non-technical skills and experience. The placements are funded by Kew and students are temporary salaried staff members.
How to apply
Plant Science sandwich studentships at Kew and Wakehurst are usually advertised on the Jobs at Kew page in October each year.
Placements in Science Applications Development and PC Systems Support are usually advertised on the Jobs at Kew page during May.