Below are examples of our international Environmental Science Internships. It is not guaranteed that you could get placed in one of the internship examples, but there are plenty of opportunities within the field. New opportunities are created every year. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, let us know!
Environmental Science Internships with a Coastal Environmental Advocacy Center
This Australian government-run advocacy and community resource center is responsible for maintaining an environmentally sustainable community in the Sydney suburb of Manly Beach. Environmental science interns with a background in environmental policy and community development will obtain firsthand experience with the interaction between private businesses and local government in sustainable practices.
International Environmental Advocacy
This international environmental organization is based in Washington,D.C. with branch offices in Beijing, Shanghai, and Wuhan. Founded in 1996 by a group of scientists and professionals concerned with China’s environmental problems, the company aims to ensure a healthy global environment and continued economic development by helping China solve its environmental problems. During their environmental science internships, interns conduct research on environmental issues specific to China, contribute to research papers and reports, attend seminars/meetings in town, and submit summary reports from these events.
Housing and Language
Where you’ll live
Depending on your internship location, you can expect to stay in a shared room in an apartment, in a college dorm, or in a student residence. A local program advisor and coordinator will be available to help you settle in and answer any questions during your program. Your accommodations will likely be within walking distance of your city’s public transportation system.
During your stay, you’ll operate be within the same network as the students and/or interns you live with you’re living with. It is often through these relationships individuals that you can learn the most, as you explore the highlights of the city together, share career-building advice, and compare experiences at your IT internships venture out on your own to your internship posts.
Your language learning
Most programs are located in locations are very English-friendly areas, and do not require prior knowledge of the local language. Depending on your placement, you may have the opportunity to integrate further into the community by attending language lessons.
* If your internship takes place in Paris, you’ll have the chance to experience full cultural immersion by living with a local host family. (French language skills are required for an internship in this location — French language proficiency will be evaluated via Skype interview.)
Preparing for your future in environmental science
Selecting your internship
Before you depart, you’ll be introduced to your internship advisor for one-on-one support and career guidance. Your advisor will help you prepare for your environmental science internship interview, build an effective cover letter and resume, and choose the right placement. Working with your advisor, you’ll use the Clifton StrengthsFinder Assessment to identify your top five strengths. These strengths will be useful in determining future opportunities and helping to focus your interests into clear career goals well beyond the scope of the program.
Before your internship
Once you and your advisor have selected your internship, you’ll have access to a pre-departure orientation video series to help you get ready for the transformational experience of working and living abroad. You’ll also have career skills training videos and articles at your fingertips to help you build your resume in advance. We want you to succeed and thrive abroad, and will provide countless resources to ensure you have what you need to do so.
During your internship
When you arrive at your destination, you’ll attend a welcome orientation to help you settle in and start your experience with your best foot forward. Midway through your program, you’ll have another opportunity to check in with local advisors at a career coaching session. During this visit, onsite staff will interview you and your employer to identify your strengths and areas where you could improve. We find that this feedback-loop is essential for success.
Before the conclusion of your internship, you’ll attend a program debriefing touching on culture shock and career training. When you return home, you’ll join a network of alumni across the world who have used the skills they gained in their environmental science internships to advance their lives and careers!