Student Internship - Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam

Team Garden and Collections at the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam offers an opportunity for a final year student interested in collection management to work with us on redefining our Index Seminum in order to be more relevant to modern challenges and the current mission and vision of the Hortus.

The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, established in 1638, is one of the oldest botanic gardens in the world. The Hortus has stayed relevant throughout the centuries by redefining itself continuously. Since 1804 the Hortus has published an index seminum (seed list) in order to  share plant material with other botanic gardens. This is still a practice for many botanic gardens world-wide, including the Hortus, where orders can now be made via an online Index Seminum. Even with some technological advances seed lists however still basically function the same as it has done for centuries.

We envisage a project with one or more of following three aspects:

  • Updating the current collection policy and practices for the Index Seminum, also critically evaluating and potentially redefining its main aims
  • Designing and installing a window display at the Seed Room on the Hortusplantsoen to interpret its function and significance to the public
  • Investigating, in collaboration with other botanic gardens and organisations such Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), the feasibility of creating an central online marketplace for plant material exchange between botanical gardens world-wide

Students will be supervised by colleagues from Team Garden and Collections. The monthly internship stipend is €250 based on 32 hours per week.

Interested students can email their CV and short motivational letter to martin@dehortus.nl before 2 December 2019.


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