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Work experience for school students

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

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

A group of interns outside the Mansion at Wakehurst

Work experience placements for 14-16 year olds (Key Stage 4 and AS/A2 level)

Kew offers a number of horticultural work experience placements to students from Richmond, Hounslow and Kingston borough schools only.

Students must demonstrate in their application an interest in and aptitude for pursuing a career in horticulture. All placements will be for two weeks and must take place between March and October.

How to apply

Kew’s placements are administered via the Richmond, Hounslow and Kingston Education Business Partnerships. Only children who attend schools in these three boroughs are entitled to apply. If you attend a school outside Richmond, Hounslow or Kingston you cannot apply.

Enquiries should be made direct to these Partnerships via your school.

Wakehurst and the Millennium Seed Bank, West Sussex

Wakehurst offers six one-week placements for students interested in a career in science. The placements will take place in the laboratories of the Millennium Seed Bank.

Wakehurst is also offering a small number of horticultural placements for students who demonstrate an interest in or an aptitude for a career in horticulture. Students will work in the nursery and glasshouses linked to the Seed Bank. Generally these are one-week placements. Priority will be given to the local Sussex schools Warden Park, Chailey and Oathall.

How to apply

Please contact Nicola Keogh, the work experience administrator at Wakehurst, at