Student placements in Science and IT
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.
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.
An ideal candidate would be able to commit 3-6 months to this project. A minimum commitment of 2 months would be considered.
This is an unpaid internship position.
Start Date: ~ December 2015
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Short-term 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 in January 2016. Kew Intern application form
One year Sandwich Placements
A number of one year places for College Based Sandwich Course Students (CBSCS) are now available for undergraduate students between their second and final year from September 2016. These 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:
Applications for 2016-2017 college-based sandwich student internships are now open. Please complete an application form and email this with an accompanying CV to email@example.com. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 21 November 2015. We will be offering a maximum of ten places, spread across Kew’s science departments and contributing towards Kew’s 2020 Strategic Outputs. Decisions will be made by 12 December 2015.
For further details email Kew Science.
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:
Placements in Science Applications Development and PC Systems Support are usually advertised on the Jobs at Kew page during May.