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Student placements in Science

To provide practical work experience for undergraduates, Kew offers student placements working in one of its Science Departments.
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 opportunities for short- and long-term placements for the academic years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 in the following Science Departments: Collections, Identification & Naming, Comparative Plant & Fungal Biology, Conservation Science, Natural Capital & Plant Health, Biodiversity Informatics & Spatial Analysis. Further information on these Departments and Kew’s new Science Strategy can be found here.


Spatial analysis internship

An excellent opportunity has arisen to join a large and exciting project team working on one of Kew's 2020 Strategic Outputs: Tropical Important Plant Areas (TIPAs). A crucial part of the TIPA project is the collection and analysis of digital geographic data for each of the TIPA project study countries: Guinea, Cameroon, Uganda, Mozambique, New Guinea (Indonesia), Bolivia and UK Overseas Territories.

As a GIS Analyst and Data Officer you will play a key role in the collation and creation of geospatial data, working with many different GIS products, including country specific raster and vector data layers.

Placement details

An ideal candidate would be able to commit 4-6 months to this project. A minimum commitment of 4 months would be considered.

This is an unpaid internship position.

Start Date: ~ February 2016

How to apply

Applications are open until the position is filled. Please send a CV and covering letter stating why you would like to join the team to kewscience@kew.org

Further details on the internship are available from EarthWorks

This internship is also listed with Environment Jobs

Further details on internships are available at Environment Jobs.


Summer internships

Short-term voluntary internships are available with Kew scientists for 4–8 weeks from mid-July. These internships can be based either at Kew Gardens, London or at the Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst Place, West Sussex. Short projects will use Kew’s collections and facilities and will be based in one of the six scientific research departments. Projects will relate to the science outputs in Kew’s Science Strategy. A modest contribution towards travel expenses will be provided.

How to apply

Applications for 2016 summer internships will open on 4 January 2016 and close on 31 March 2016.

Kew Intern application form 2016

Successful applicants will be contacted by the end of April 2016.


One year sandwich placements

A number of one year places for College Based Sandwich Course Students (CBSCS) are available for undergraduate students between their second and final year. These voluntary internships can be based either at Kew Gardens, London or at the Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst Place, West Sussex. They will all include an extended project using Kew’s collections and facilities and will be based in one of the six scientific research departments. Projects will relate to the science outputs in Kew’s Science Strategy. The placements are unpaid but provide valuable experience and have often led to students returning to Kew for employment or postgraduate research.

How to apply

The application process for students wishing to undertake a sandwich placement in the academic year 2017-2018 will open in October 2016. We will be offering a maximum of six places, spread across Kew’s science departments and contributing towards Kew’s 2020 Strategic Outputs.

 Kew Intern application form

For further details email Kew Science.