We offer a range of internships across our 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 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 to contribute to projects designed to achieve the goals set out in Kew's Science Strategy

Interns will contribute to ongoing botanical research, policy or conservation activities, and will undertake an extended project using Kew’s diverse collections of plant specimens and associated data.

Occasionally opportunities for other internships become available and these will be advertised here and on Kew's volunteering and internships web pages

One-year science sandwich placements

A number of one-year sandwich placements are available for undergraduate students between their second and final year. 

These placements are unpaid but provide valuable experience in the plant sciences and biodiversity conservation. A modest contribution towards daily travel expenses will be provided. More information about the internships is available from the Sandwich Internship role description.

Please note that applications for 2018–19 are now closed. Details of sandwich intern projects for 2019–20 will be available available shortly. Please check this page regularly for information.

Summer science internships

Short-term voluntary summer internships are available for 6–8 weeks between June and September each year. These internships are unpaid, but a modest contribution towards daily travel expenses will be provided. More information about the internships is available from the Summer Internship role description.

Details of summer intern projects for 2019 will be available shortly. Please check this page regularly for information.

Additional internships will also be advertised on our volunteering and internship opportunities web page. For further information email:

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Kew is a global resource for plant and fungal knowledge. Our unique combination of extensive collections, databases, scientific expertise and global partnerships gives us a leading role in facilitating access to fundamental plant and fungal information. The core purpose of our science stems from a simple but often overlooked truth: all our lives depend on plants and fungi.