Internships

Internships

Kew offers a range of internships across its science departments, providing practical work experience and training to undergraduates and recent graduates.


Science opportunities

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is pleased to offer voluntary sandwich and summer placements in its science departments based at Kew in West London or Wakehurst in Sussex. Interns will work alongside experienced botanists, fungal specialists and conservation scientists and contribute to projects designed to achieve the goals set out in Kew's Science Strategy. Occasionally opportunities for other internships become available and these will be advertised here and on Kew's volunteering and internships web pages. 

Opportunities for volunteers

One-year science sandwich placements

A number of one-year sandwich placements are available for undergraduate students between their second and final year. These voluntary internships are based in one of Kew's science departments, either at Kew Gardens, London or at the Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst in West Sussex. Interns will contribute to ongoing botanical research, policy or conservation activities in the department and will undertake an extended project using Kew’s diverse collections of plant specimens and associated data. These placements are unpaid but provide valuable experience in the plant sciences or biodiversity conservation.  A modest contribution towards daily travel expenses will be provided. More information about the internships is available from the role description.

Kew Science Research Intern - Role Description 2018

Applications for 2018–19 are now closed. Details of sandwich intern projects available for 2019–20 will be available in December 2018. 

Summer science internships

Short-term voluntary summer internships are available for 6–8 weeks between June and September each year. These internships can be based either at Kew Gardens, London or at the Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst in West Sussex. Interns will be involved in research or conservation activities, working with plant, fungal and conservation specialists, and will have access to Kew’s extensive collections of plant specimens and associated information. These internships are unpaid, but a modest contribution towards daily travel expenses will be provided. More information about the internships is available from the role description.

Kew Science Summer Intern Role Description for 2018 (pdf)

Find out about the projects available for summer 2018: 

Kew Science Summer Intern Projects for 2018 (pdf). To apply please see our Volunteering and internships web page. Closing date for applications: 25 February 2018. 

Additional internships will also be advertised on our volunteering and internship opportunities web page.

For further information email: kewscience@kew.org