Summer Internship at the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew

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. Kew scientists expect a full 10 weeks of work from each intern. 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. Funding for student airline travel to England, and expenses related to getting a visa, as well as a stipend to cover living expenses comes from an endowment established in honor of Muriel Kohn Pokross class of 1934. The usual cost for each student's living expenses is around $250 per week for the 10 weeks. 

The Application Process:

Deadline for submitting applications is February 15, 2018.

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.

Kew Internship Application Form

Email the following to Madelaine Zadik:
1. 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.

2. A standard scientific resume including a detailed summary of the following:
       a. list of relevant courses taken in biology, chemistry, biochemistry
       b. list of laboratory skills learned in various courses

3. A transcript of your coursework (bannerweb printout is fine)

Emailed directly to mzadik@smith.edu: At least two faculty references to back up the above information

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

 

The Kew internship shaped my scientific career. I had done research at Smith before starting the internship, but never as a full-time job. During my time at Kew, I realized, “Yes! This is what I want to be doing for the rest of my life!”

 

Elizabeth McCarthy, Class of 2006