Environmental Internships Abroad

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Our rapidly changing world has placed increased pressure on the environment. With a number of environmental issues, including pollution, climate changes, and natural resource depletion, we should all be more eco-conscious and proactive in taking steps toward conserving the environment.

If you’re passionate about the environment and are ready to take on challenges abroad, an internship will provide you with unique opportunities to work on sustainability or conservation projects where they are needed most! Interning abroad is a great complement to environmental studies and completing an internship can give you the global knowledge and skills for a future career. Step outside the classroom, gain an international perspective on the environment and prepare for a hands-on experience that has a global impact!

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Forestry

Forests are “the lungs of the Earth” and have a large global influence on the environment. However, they are being cut down and disappearing at faster rates each year. Forest conservation internships ensure development, maintenance, and protection of forests. Some projects may include planting seedlings, preventing forest fires, and controlling weeds or insects. A forestry internship will give direct experience with environmental challenges faced by the world’s forests while working outdoors with a team.

Marine

Below the surface, the ocean’s marine life is threatened by human activities including overfishing, damaging fishing practices, and water pollution. Many interns are needed here to conduct underwater research, collect data, and monitor coral reefs and marine life. Activities in marine conservation may vary from season to season. Dive in and get those hands wet to learn about our ocean’s ecosystem and how to protect it!

Energy

Energy production affects the environment in various ways and countries around the world have adopted ways to increase energy efficiency and supply of renewable energy. Internships in these sectors allow students to gain valuable international experience by implementing clean energy technologies, conducting research, and preserving natural resources. Consider an internship in renewable energy to understand how technologies can make a difference in increasing energy security and limiting climate change.

South Africa

Marine life in South Africa is exceptionally rich and includes a huge diversity of ecosystems with over 11, 000 species. It is also home to one of the densest populations of Great White Sharks in the world, making it an ideal location for a marine conservation internship. The ocean around the southern tip of Africa offers significant opportunities for research. Here, interns can work with all marine species and learn about the surrounding communities that are reliant on the coast’s livelihood.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica has the highest density of biodiversity in the world, boasting vast wetlands, lush forests, and thousands of species of animals and plants. However, population growth and country development are putting pressure on Costa Rica’s natural wealth. The country has now initiated many environmental protection policies. These factors make Costa Rica a top location for interns looking for environmental work.

China

As the world’s fastest growing economy, China is bursting with opportunity in energy. The large populous country recognizes several environmental and energy issues and is currently committed to renewable energy investment. It has increased its investment nearly every year for the past ten years and accounts for 24% of the world’s renewable power capacity. With China’s green pursuit of business, interns can find opportunities here to learn how to balance rapid economic expansion and environmental sustainability.

Panama

Panama continues to lose more than one percent of its forest cover every day and deforestation directly threatens the Panama Canal. Its rich biodiversity requires conservation of its habitats, species, and ecosystem. Panama provides interns with an opportunity to assist in research, participate in reforestation efforts, and monitoring wildlife while understanding the country’s community needs for natural resources.

The duration of environmental internships may vary depending on location and sustainability needs. However, programs are available year round! It’s best to start looking around January since many programs are offered in the summer.

Relevant work and international experience, foreign language skills, and academic coursework will be helpful but are often not required. When participating in internships that include fieldwork, be prepared for unusual hours and getting your hands dirty! Lastly, you may have to quickly adjust to the living conditions and culture of the internship’s location.

Below are a few programs that offer environmental internships:

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Indonesia

Travellers Worldwide
Assist a Turtle Conservation project located on an island which is a 45 minute speed boat ride from mainland Bali. The projec...

New Zealand

INTERNeX International Exchange
INTERNeX is a full service Professional Internship placement organisation. We offer tailor made internship placements in any...

South Africa

African Impact
Take an internship placement with African Impact and boost your professional standing, enhance your resume, learn valuable sk...

England

We Find Group
The Global Internship 2017 by We Find Group in London allows university students to intern in London, England, for 8 weeks du...

Mexico

Global Vision International (GVI)
You can make a difference and intern with GVI in Mexico! From helping the local wildlife to working with underprivileged chil...

Panama

Kalu Yala
At Kalu Yala, we are in the process of building the world's most sustainable modern village nestled in the Panamanian rainfor...

Ghana

Thinking Beyond Borders
Thinking Beyond Borders’ Summer Sustainability & Permaculture Fellowships are unique opportunities to gain valuable work expe...

China

CET Academic Programs
If you're considering a China-related career, there's no better place to start developing your network than on the CET Beijin...

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Richmond Vale Academy
Join a 1 or 6 months intensive program with studies, courses and actions to make the small island nation of St. Vincent Clima...

Tanzania

World Unite!
The private tree nursery, which is located in the middle of the water protection area Ngoro Juu Spring in Moshi Town (Kiliman...

Australia

Global Experiences
Global Experiences provides students the chance to immerse themselves in Australian culture, and gain valuable professional l...

China

Connect-123
Join Connect-123 for a professional internship in Shanghai, China! The center of economic development, Shanghai has much to o...

China

China Internship Placements LLC
Our award winning Executive Internship in China program places young graduates into multinational organizations to contribute...

China

InternChina
This program is for interns who are looking for a placement company and accommodation. We arrange internships in three exciti...

Australia

Intern OZ and Intern NZ
Intern OZ arranges internship programs in all industry areas throughout Australia. We provide a full set of support services...