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Student placements in Science

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew offers a range of internships across its science departments to provide practical work experience for students and recent graduates.
Photo of student Emily Marr recording bees on Aconitum
A student recording bees visiting Aconitum.

Science opportunities

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is pleased to offer voluntary sandwich and summer placements in its science departments.  Interns will work alongside experienced botanists and conservation scientists and contribute to projects designed to achieve the goals set out in Kew's science strategy. Occasionally opportunities for other internships become available and these will be advertised here and on Kew's volunteering and internships web pages. 

Opportunities for volunteers


One year sandwich placements

A number of one-year sandwich placements are available for undergraduate students between their second and final year. These voluntary internships are based in one of Kew's science departments, either at Kew Gardens, London or at the Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst in West Sussex. Interns will contribute to ongoing botanical research or conservation activities in the department and will undertake an extended project using Kew’s diverse collections of plant specimens and associated data. The placements are unpaid but provide valuable experience in the plant sciences or biodiversity conservation.

How to apply

To apply please see our volunteering and internship opportunities page. Applications will open at the end of November 2016.

For further information email Kew Science.


Summer internships - 2nd

Short-term voluntary summer internships are available for 6–8 weeks from mid-July each year. These internships can be based either at Kew Gardens, London or at the Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst in West Sussex. Interns will be involved in research or conservation activities, working with plant and conservation specialists and will have access to Kew’s extensive collections of plant specimens and associated information. These internships are unpaid, but a modest contribution towards daily travel expenses will be provided. 

How to apply for 2017

Applications for 2017 summer internships will open on 9 January 2017 and close on 31 March 2017.

To apply please see our volunteering and internship opportunities page

Successful applicants will be informed by the end of May 2017.