Ireland established a National Expert Advisory Council on Climate Change in 2015.

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.

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 lakes of glendalough seen at a distance

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.

Ireland is full of sustainable agriculture; check out Kate's Story

At A Glance
Sustainability & Environmental Science Internships
Start Date
Determined by Student
8, 10 or 12 Weeks
Apply By
12 weeks prior to start date

8 week programme: €5235

10 week programme: €6045

12 week programme: €6675

What's included?
Airfare, materials for placement, mandatory health insurance, lunches and spending money aren’t included.
Application fee

€95 Non refundable

Commitment fee

€500 Non refundable

up to €1000