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Work experience

There are many opportunities available at Kew for students to learn and experience the working world of botany and horticulture. Students are encouraged to get involved in the aspects of Kew that particularly interest them, with staff aiming to broaden and enhance the experience. Opportunities include traineeships, apprenticeships and internships.

Courses and training opportunities

Library Reading Room in Kew's Herbarium
Each year, the Library and Archives offers two twelve-month paid traineeships for graduates interested in careers in librarianship or in archives administration and records management. Kew has one of the world’s most important plant science libraries and archives.
Photo of Discover Kew app in use by pagoda tree
To provide practical work experience for undergraduates, Kew offers student placements working as part of the Information Technology (IT) department.
Photo of student Emily Marr recording bees on Aconitum
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew offers a range of internships across its science departments to provide practical work experience for students and recent graduates.
Plant Family Beds in full bloom at Kew in the summer
Kew offers a number of horticultural work experience placements at Kew Gardens.