Putting botany under the microscope at the Gardens

The students braved some very hot days out in the field

Nick Dexter talks bitou bush control at Booderee National Park

Cooling off in the waters of Booderee National Park

Our 11 interns on the 2014 Botanical Internship Program have graduated – after six weeks of hands-on experience in botanical study, field work and plant collecting.

The internship program is in its 22nd year and provides valuable experiences and skills for young graduates preparing to enter a competitive industry. The grads hailed from all over Australia - and one from Brazil, but studying at ANU. They spent time cataloguing plant specimens in the herbarium but also braved the hot temperatures out in the field at Galong in New South Wales, and Booderee National Park on the New South Wales coast.

The interns also gained valuable practical skills in writing a CV and applying for jobs and grants.

To round out a jam packed – and hot – six weeks, the interns each presented a talk on a native plant of their choosing, before receiving their graduation certificates.

We look forward to hearing about their next adventures – and perhaps seeing them back in the Australian National Botanic Gardens one day!

Bronwyn, Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research