The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a global resource for plant and fungal knowledge. As a voluntary science intern you will join a team of scientific staff and volunteers, contributing to achieve one or more of Kew’s three strategic science priorities:
1. To document and conduct research into global plant and fungal diversity, and its uses for humanity.
2. To curate and provide data-rich evidence from Kew’s unrivalled collections as a global asset for scientific research.
3. To disseminate our scientific knowledge of plants and fungi, maximising its impact in science, education, conservation policy and management.
These priorities enable us to curate, enhance, use, explore and share Kew’s global resource, providing robust data and a strong evidence base for our UK and global stakeholders.
During your placement you will receive training in key research skills from Kew’s leading experts, and have the opportunity to gain valuable practical and professional experience. You will also have access to Kew’s world-renowned collections of plants and fungi, its library and research facilities.
Types of science internship
Sandwich internships last one year (September 2018 – August 2019), and provide training and unpaid work experience placements for students after the 2nd year of their undergraduate course.
Summer internships last 6–8 weeks (between June and September 2018), and provide training and unpaid work experience for undergraduates and recent graduates.
Interns will each join a team in Kew’s Science Directorate, supporting the activities of that team and contributing to its outputs. The Directorate is composed of six research departments plus the Office of the Science Directorate (policy, research services, health and safety, education and communications) and the Library, Art and Archives. Please visit the Kew Science and Library, Art and Archives webpages for more information.
Sponsor: Kew Gardens
Royal Botanic Gardens,
Tel: 020 8332 5655