Starting in Summer 2020, through the generous Cathcart fund, we have been able to create a new six-week paid internship for two Trinity undergraduate students of the Department of Botany. The first posts were offered in March this year and we had a fantastic response from Trinity Botany and Environmental Science Senior Freshman and Junior Sophister students.

These internships include on-the-job training in all horticultural practices and plant science currently being undertaken at the Garden. Interns will work alongside the Curator and garden staff to experience all aspects of garden activity, including assisting in a large-scale digitisation project of the living plant and genebank collections for conservation, outreach and education purposes.

The Covid-19 pandemic meant that we had to delay our Summer 2020 programme start date while we prepared our return-to-work policies and safety documents in line with official health guidelines, but by August we were able to welcome our first two student interns to the garden. The students have now returned to college to finish their degrees, but hey were a very positive addition to the garden team and now take back to their studies a wealth of practical experience.

You can read about some of their experiences here.

We are extremely grateful to the Cathcart family for making this internship programme possible and we hope to make the offer available again in Summer 2021. Details will be posted on this page in Spring 2021.