Open Air Semester in German Nature Reserves Open Air Semester in German Nature Reserves


Commerzbank environmental internship


One of the most important tasks to protect our future is the protection of nature and thus the human basis of life. Against this background the Commerzbank environmental internship was established in 1990 as a joint project with Germany's national parks.

The internship offers students a unique opportunity to experience nature at close range and to acquire useful skills for their later careers. Interns get hands-on experience in environmental education and PR in conservation areas throughout Germany, from Mt. Watzmann to the Wadden Sea. Commerzbank provides grants and accommodation for the interns, the conservation areas provide specialist support and the interns themselves make a practical contribution to environmental protection and the preservation of nature. The scheme is open to students of all disciplines from Germany and EU member states between the end of October and the middle of January at

As early as 2007, the program was honored as an official project of the UN World Decade "Education for Sustainable Development", on 25 June 2007. The official project of the UN Decade "Biological Diversity 2015/2016" was celebrated on the occasion of its 25th anniversary in 2015. Both awards stress the exemplary commitment of Commerzbank in cooperation with the 22 national parks and biosphere reserves.

Since the idea emerged 30 years ago, the project has enabled over 1,900 interns to complete an open-air semester. Many of those who have taken part in the environmental internship have found a way into their chosen career.