🚀 Internship

Summer Science Intern - Conservation Policy Strategies for Plants and Fungi

🚀 Summer Internship


🤑 £19.6K
4d left
Apply by Jun 4


The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a global resource for plant and fungal knowledge. As an undergraduate or recent graduate science intern you will join a team of scientific staff, students and volunteers, contributing to the achievement of Kew’s five strategic science priorities:

  • Ecosystem Stewardship
  • Trait Diversity and Function
  • Digital Revolution
  • Accelerated Taxonomy
  • Enhanced Partnerships

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.

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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, Kew Science Festival and other Kew and Wakehurst events, digital channels and publications.
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Education and Experience


  • Undergraduate with at least two years’ university education or equivalent or recent graduate (within 2 years) in biosciences, bioinformatics or related subjects (for specific requirements see project description).
  • 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. 5. See attached project details for project specific competencies required.
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