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Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew
London, England

Every summer since 1994 two Smith College students have worked as interns at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England, in molecular biology and conservation genetics. Both learn state-of-the-art scientific techniques and meet noted scientists from around the world. Both student interns have the opportunity to be co-authors on scientific publications resulting from their research. See List of Publications .

Applications should be submitted to Madelaine Zadik in the Botanic Garden office (see information below on the application process). Applicant information is forwarded to Kew, where scientists select the two students best suited to their summer projects. Once selected, these students apply for funding from various campus sources including, but not limited to, Clark Science Center summer internships, Praxis, and the Smith Student Aid Society. The College has a limited number of these stipends, which are competitive in nature. Funding for student airline travel to England comes from an endowment established in honor of Muriel Kohn Pokross '34.

Kew scientists expect a full 10 weeks of work from each intern. The usual cost for each student is living expenses of $250 per week for these 10 weeks.

The Application Process:

Please note: We are not accepting applications for 2014. Applications for 2015 will be accepted next year.

Please note that you must have a valid passport when you apply for the internship. Once decisions are made and students are awarded the internship, they must immediately begin the visa application process. This will take a few months and requires a valid passport.
Students must submit the following. They should all be submitted by email:

Kew Internship Application Form - Click here for application form
A concise letter of intent, up to two pages in length (one page is fine), describing how the research experience at Kew will benefit you and fit with your career plans.
A standard scientific resume including a detailed summary of the following:
a. list of relevant courses taken in biology, chemistry, and biochemistry
b. list of laboratory skills learned in various courses
(be specific with details)
At least two faculty references to back up the above information
(emailed directly to Madelaine Zadik)
A transcript of your coursework (bannerweb printout is fine)

For more information contact:
Madelaine Zadik
Manager of Education and Outreach

Smith College