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Sustainability & Environmental Science Internships


The Burren

Ireland’s environment is probably our most important asset, forming the basis of a healthy society and economy.
We’re in the middle of a transition, from a country with high household energy consumption and inefficient waste management in the early nineties, toward a resource-efficient, low-carbon and environmentally-friendly economy. Ireland established a National Expert Advisory Council on Climate Change in 2015.

The efforts to “significantly decarbonise the Irish economy” come at local, government and European levels. There are policies and green initiatives fuelling innovation in public and private sectors.

Sustainability and Environmental Science students will find it interesting to see first-hand how Ireland is balancing protection of the environment and the economy at the same time.

70% of Irish land is used for agricultural purposes, but agriculture counts for a third of Irish emissions, the single largest contributor. 14% of Ireland’s land mass is protected natural areas, designated by the EU to stop the decline of endangered species and habitats. Projects such as Geopark LIFE in the Burren and Cliffs of Moher demonstrate a ‘tourism for conservation’ model, reconciling tourism development with conservation of biodiversity and cultural heritage in the historic Burren region.

The Cloughjordan eco village is another flagship project that past interns have loved. This innovative community in Tipperary minimise ecological impacts and promote biodiversity, through renewable energy projects, growing their our own food, building low energy homes, and education initiatives.

Your placement might find you on a certified organic farm, a sustainable food production facility, a green community initiative, or an organization dedicated to educating others on sustainability.

You may learn about various sustainability initiatives, hands-on crop cultivation, and national and international policy on sustainability issues. Bonus insights can include how the European Union has led global climate change strategies for decades, including the historic Paris Climate Agreement in 2015.

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Kate’s Story

Kate Meiner did a sustainable development internship on an organic farm in County Kerry in 2017


“It was a wonderful opportunity working on both a local organic farm and the organic store where the produce is sold. I had the unique experience of seeing the organic food system through from beginning to end and from all possible perspectives by being the grower, retailer, and consumer.

I was able to apply the things I learned in school and participate in the system at every level including seeding, planting, harvesting, and selling. It has been a great learning experience for me; both academically and personally. Learn International has been a huge part of that.

I have been able to learn so much from my internship as well as travel Ireland and see new things. Learn International provided me with really great resource for living abroad and they helped me feel very comfortable during my time here. They were all there to help me with whatever I needed, whether that be planning fun weekend trips, buying travel tickets, or having someone to talk to when I feel homesick. Thanks to Learn International I have had the most productive and rewarding experience possible.”


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What’s included?

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  • Guaranteed Internship Placement
  • Homestay accommodation
  • Meals: breakfast and dinner
  • Application, Cover Letter and Résumé guidance
  • Airport Transfer
  • Alumni network
  • In-Country Orientation and Welcome event
  • Excursions and Social Activities
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Academic credit through our School of Record or your home university (extra fee)


What’s the cost?

We’re small, which helps us keep our fees competitive despite the fully customised program we offer each student.

8-week program fee: €5235

10-week program fee: €6045

12-week program fee: €6675

There’s an application fee of €95 and a participant commitment fee of €500 that are both non-refundable.

Airfare, materials for placement, mandatory health insurance, lunches and spending money aren’t included.


We’re delighted to offer three scholarships a year of up to €500 per student, that are deducted off the final payment.

Scholarship applications can be submitted as part of the general internship application.You must have a 3.0 GPA to apply. The scholarship section includes an one-page essay about how the placement will contribute to your academic and career goals, and a choice of how you might record your internship experience (through a blog, video or social media updates).

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Where will I live?

We match students with a local family near their placement that’ll create a home-away-from-home for them. Living with a family immerses students in Irish life, culture, and customs. Not to mention the cooking! 

When do I apply?

The application deadline is based on when you’re available to intern.

Applications must be received at least 12 weeks before your intended start date.

Available start dates are as follows:
October 1, 2018
November 5, 2018
December 2018
January 15, 2019
February 5, 2019
March 12, 2019
April 9, 2019

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