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.
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.
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).
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!
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:
January 15, 2018
February 5, 2018
March 12, 2018
April 9, 2018
May 21, 2018
June 11, 2018
July 9, 2018
August 13, 2018
September 10, 2018
October 1, 2018
November 5, 2018
December 2018 (on request)