🚀 Internship

Summer Internship - Curating Library & Archives' Digital Collections

🚀 Summer Internship


Rolling basis


  • To deliver RBG Kew’s mission by participating in and providing support to the activities within the Science Directorate. The post holder will receive training in key research skills from Kew’s leading experts and have the opportunity to gain valuable practical and professional experience. The post holder will also have access to Kew’s world-renowned collections of plants and fungi, its library and research facilities. The post holder will participate in the research activities of a specific team, aligned with the Kew Scientific Priorities 2021-2030. They will also undertake a research project. 
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Area of Responsibilities



  • Specific tasks will depend upon the project and activities of the team in which you are placed. These may include handling specimens; culturing plant or fungal materials; analytical techniques such as DNA sequencing and chemical profiling; microscopy; routine lab tasks; conservation assessments; data collection and databasing. See project details for research activities associated with particular projects.
  • Complete training as required and prioritise workload and requirements appropriately.
  • Help maintain a positive approach in the workplace. Give and receive feedback on your work performance with your supervisor and seek clarity to resolve and misunderstandings that may occur.
  • Interact with colleagues and or visitors in a positive and professional manner. Consistently convey a professional image, maintaining suitable appearance, manner and social skills.
  • Ensure compliance with all Health and Safety regulations and procedures, ensuring that equipment is used and stored in line with requirements.
  • Seek to participate and disseminate your work and the work of your research team through a variety of mechanisms including peer reviewed journals, www.kew.org, Kew Science Festival and other Kew and Wakehurst events, digital channels and publications.
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  • Undergraduate with at least two years’ university education or equivalent or recent graduate (within 2 years) in biosciences, bioinformatics or related subjects.
  • A demonstrated interest in biodiversity, its sustainable use and conservation.
  • Experience of practical lab-based studies or computational techniques for data evaluation.
  • A working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets and/or database software.
  • Experience of collecting and analysing data.
  • Experience of report writing.

Job Specific Competencies


  • Be a supportive and effective team player and helpful to colleagues.
  • Have effective communication skills, both written and verbal and must demonstrate a willingness to listen and learn.
  • Be able to prioritise own workload and manage own time effectively.
  • Ability to carry out laboratory work safely and competently if required.
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