Internships

We offer several types of internships across our science departments, either based at Kew in London or Wakehurst in Sussex.

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Our internships are designed to offer practical work experience and training to undergraduates and recent graduates.

Successful applicants will work alongside experienced botanists, mycologists and conservation scientists to contribute to projects designed to achieve the goals set out in Kew's Science Strategy. This could include contributing to ongoing botanical research, policy or conservation activities, and many undertake an extended project using Kew’s diverse collections of plant specimens and associated data.

One-year science sandwich placements 

Every year, six 12-month paid sandwich placements are available for undergraduate students who have completed two years of undergraduate studies in biological sciences or bioinformatics.

Undergraduate interns help to deliver Kew’s mission by participating in, and providing support to, the activities within the Science Directorate. They receive training in key research skills from our leading experts so these placements offer valuable practical and professional experience.

Interns also have access to our world-renowned collections of plants and fungi, our library and research facilities. Each intern contributes to the research activities of a specific team, aligned with the Kew Science Strategy 2015-2020.

During their year at Kew, students also undertake a research project which will form the basis of their end of year report. More information about the internships will be available from the recruitment portal when the projects available for the next academic year are advertised.

Summer science internships

Each summer, seven two-month paid internships are available for undergraduates and recent graduates between June and September. Summer interns help to deliver Kew’s mission by participating in, and providing support to, the activities within the Science Directorate.

They receive training in key research skills from our leading experts so that they gain valuable practical and professional experience. Interns also have access to our world-renowned collections of plants and fungi, its library and research facilities.

Each intern contributes to the research activities of a specific team, aligned with the Kew Science Strategy 2015-2020. More information about the internships will be available from the recruitment portal when the projects available for the following summer are advertised.

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We partner with over 100 countries to identify, document, research and conserve the world's plants and fungi.

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