Summer Internship at the Royal Botanic Gardens 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 the Manager of Education 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:

The Kew Internship is not runninng in 2022. 

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