New Internship Opportunities at Trinity Botanic Gardens

In summer 2020 Trinity Botanic Garden launched a new undergraduate internship programme. It offers two students of Botany or Environmental Science at Trinity College a unique opportunity for work experience and a chance to learn first-hand about the conservation and research work carried on at this historic university garden.

During the six-week programme, interns will become integrated members of the botanic garden team. They will gain on-the-job training and assist in all horticultural practices, general plant science and conservation initiatives. Interns may also have the opportunity to assist in the large scale digitisation of the Living Collections and Irish Threatened Plant Seed Bank collections along with any projects or events happening at the gardens. They will be encouraged to take every opportunity the internship offers to improve their plant science and cultivation knowledge.

The Covid-19 pandemic meant that the inaugural 2020 programme was delayed while return-to-work policies and safety guidelines were put in place for staff and interns. By August we were delighted to finally be able to welcome our first two student interns to the garden. They proved to be a hugely positive addition to the garden team and themselves benefitted greatly from the experience. You can read about their experience in their ‘Internship Days‘ student blog.

The programme continued in 2021 when we were very lucky to be able to take on not two but three intending Botany students. They too took up their internships under strict Covid-19 regulations but settled in well in spite of these – you can read about their experiences in their blogs.

The programme will continue this summer 2022 and we are already looking forward to welcoming two more budding botanists to the garden team. We are extremely grateful to the Cathcart family for their generous donation to the Department of Botany which enables us to support this and future internship programmes.

Details of upcoming internships are posted on our News page.

If you are interested in partnering with our undergraduate internship programme further details can be found here.

Interning at the Trinity College Botanic Gardens has been a very valuable and rewarding experience. There were lots of opportunities to gain knowledge and experience in horticultural practices, and it was great to get the experience both working with the Botanic Gardens’ staff and independently. Working on the digitisation of the garden’s woody plants database was interesting and informative, and provided some insights into the taxonomy and distribution of some of the garden’s collection.”

Interns' blog...

Links to potential alternative opportunities at a selection of international internship and work experience programmes can be found here.