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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.

A group of interns jump for joy outside the Mansion at Wakehurst

Spend up to three months gaining practical work experience at one of the world's leading botanic gardens.

A student sits in front of the computer to map coffee species in Africa

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.

A group of interns jump for joy outside the Mansion at Wakehurst

Kew offers a number of horticultural work experience placements at Kew Gardens and Wakehurst.