Five reasons to become an intern at the Eden Project
- Explore a career that matches your personal or academic interests
- Develop industry-specific skills
- Network with other professionals
- Develop mentoring relationships
- Add new skills to your CV
Current Internship Opportunities
The role will require stakeholder management, both of the relevant leadership team budget holder and some engagement with the external supplier market, for example tendering processes. You will also provide in-person briefings to Eden's Executive team at key stages of the project. We expect this internship to be six months long on a part time basis with a chance to extend if desired.
Eden seeks to connect people with each other and the living world. Through the theatre of Eden, internships within the Conservation & Science are dedicated to understanding, developing, protecting and managing Eden's living collection of plants in an environment where visitors are encouraged to experience and learn about plants, habitats and eco-systems and their importance in providing a sustainable future
Possible scientific internships can include:
- Research & testing soil pH and nutrients within the artificial soil of the rainforest biome.
- Population levels of the white eyes in the rainforest (this would be in collaboration with Newquay Zoo)
- Research insect pests within the med biome and effectiveness of biological control
- Seed germination rates and viability of the seed collection at watering lane
- Tree health within the Eden outer estate.
How to apply to volunteer at Eden
To apply for any of our volunteering positions, please first read the role profile, then download and complete the application form and diversity monitoring form and email them back, together with your CV, to firstname.lastname@example.org. All three of these documents are available as downloads at the top of this page.
If you have any questions in the mean time, please do check our frequently asked questions below, which has guidance on everything from expenses to accommodation.
Typical internship opportunities at Eden
The following roles are examples of the types of internships you can expect at Eden. The Eden voluntary internship programme offers a range of structured roles, which provide genuine opportunities for anyone looking to enter the job market or change career path. We often accept interns on to the following teams, but please note these are just examples at the moment and we aren't recruiting for any of the internships below right now – please don't send in speculative applications.
The Big Lunch, London
Interns will gain invaluable experience working on the Eden Project's UK-wide community initiative. Specific responsibilities will include supporting our communications team in delivering content for our channels and helping our PR team to collect and maintain a database of case studies, images and contacts across the public sector and media. There will be opportunities to develop your research and writing skills and to publish on our channels. There will also be scope to focus on a specific project or piece of work should you develop a particular interest as the internship progresses.
Designer Maker Internship
To work within the Interpretation team on the design and delivery of temporary and permanent interpretive exhibits and set builds required by Eden team. To approach the design and build with creativity, narrative, robustness, budget, timescale and sustainability in mind ensuring it is fit for purpose.
Market Research Internship
Market Research Interns will be part of a team whose key responsibilities include conducting research into on site retail, hospitality, our in-ticket interactive activities & visitor profiling. You will also help with the production of questionnaires and all other research preparation from start to finish which includes data collection, data input, analysis & report writing. No experience necessary but a passion for communicating with people from all backgrounds, and an interest in capturing and presenting data would be an advantage.
Eden’s Sustainability Intern works with the organisation for a two- or three-month voluntary internship. The individual gets to work on everything from policies and strategies to events and social media.
Brand Marketing Intern
Eden’s Brand Marketing team is responsible for creating and implementing campaigns to drive visitors to the Eden Project. Interns will assist across all elements of the marketing mix, working closely with the Marketing Executive and Marketing Manager.
Eden’s Interpretation Team assist with research into specific briefed environmental, social, sustainable topics. We are looking for an intern to assist in the in depth research and writing of compelling stories and narrative to help Eden communicate messages to our visitors. You will communicate with artists, designers and a broad-based audience in order to write and edit factually correct, authentic final text copy.
Eden’s Digital Team oversees Eden Project’s websites and social media channels, creating new and exciting content to engage the public in our brand. You’ll have a proven interest in writing and digital media and a passion for creating engaging online content.
Working within the Eden Digital Team helped me get a really good feel for working on commercial photography in a fast-paced environment.
Matt Ferris, photography intern
Do you have an interest in technical and operational efficiency, renewable opportunities and technological advances? The voluntary internship role includes research, reporting, assisting with feasibility studies, and communicating clearly both in writing and face to face.
Our Graphics team design and deliver our in-house graphics and sign making. You'll provide assistance to our Graphics Team in the design and delivery of in-house graphics and sign making.
Eden’s media relations team manages Eden’s communications with the media in all its forms, be it print, broadcast or online. You’ll be well-organised with a proven interest in writing engaging content and preferably some skill in photography and film-making.
Other volunteering opportunities
We also welcome volunteers on a regular basis. Find out more about becoming a volunteer instead.
Frequently asked questions
Should I become an intern or a volunteer instead?
Volunteers tend to join us regularly as part of a long-term arrangement, whereas we recommend joining our internship programme if you are looking to gain some industry-specific experience and have a limited amount of time. Find out more about volunteering at Eden
How long are internships?
Our internships tend to be three months, often on a part-time basis.
What type of structure can you provide?
Our internships are clearly defined roles with objectives set at the beginning, and reviewed at the mid-point and again at the end. You will be part of a team with an allocated manager.
Are you able to offer an official placement as part of a university course?
We may well be able to do this – please contact us to discuss, by emailing email@example.com.
Do you pay travel expenses?
Yes we do, either for car mileage or public transport costs – as agreed with the Volunteer Manager at the start of your placement.
Do you provide accommodation?
Unfortunately we don’t, but we have put together an accommodation guide to help you find local, affordable accommodation.
Can you give references?
Of course! It’s the least we can do to show our appreciation to you for volunteering with us.
Will I have an interview?
We often invite applicants in for an informal chat before they join us. Also, each internship is subject to a short trial period, agreed with your manager.
What if I have a criminal record?
As an organisation committed to equality and diversity, we recognise the contribution that all people can make as employees or volunteers, and so we welcome enquiries of interest from everyone. Your role may be subject to a DBS check and we reserve the right to decline your application.
I need a visa to volunteer in the UK, can Eden sponsor my visa?
Eden is registered with the UK Boarder Agency as a sponsor, so if your application to volunteer is successful we can sponsor your visa application.
What benefits are you able to offer?
As well as travel expenses and a reference (oh, and that feel-good factor!), you’ll enjoy a reduced rate on food and retail products on site, plus discounts at local businesses, and the opportunity to invite friends and family in for free. We can tell you more about all this on your welcome day.
I can’t find a suitable role for me, what shall I do?
The best thing to do is to talk to us, so give us a call on 01726 811900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements.