New Internship Opportunities at Trinity Botanic Gardens

This Summer 2020, Trinity Botanic Garden hosted a new undergraduate internship programme offering, by competition, two students of Botany or Environmental Science a chance to work and learn at the historic botanic garden of the Botany department. This is a unique opportunity for the students to apply their interest and experience to botanical horticulture and learn about the important work carried on in a teaching botanic garden setting.

The internship involves assisting the curator, outreach officer and horticultural staff in all garden activities. On-the-job training is provided in horticultural practices and in plant science and conservation initiatives currently being undertaken. Interns will also have the opportunity to assist in the large scale digitization of the living plant and genebank collections and from time to time will help out with guided tours and outreach activities for members of the public and the wider Trinity community.

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, and they proved to be a very positive addition to the garden team. The students have now returned to college to resume their degrees, but have taken back to their studies a wealth of practical experience. You can read about their experiences on their blog, ‘Internship Days‘.

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 the 2021 Internship programme and how to apply 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...

If you are not be eligible to apply this year you may be interested in alternative opportunities: for links to a selection of international internship and work experience programmes on offer, click here.