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 to protect the environment and therewith humankind and its livelihood. On this background the Commerzbank environmental internship began in 1990 as a joint project with Germany's national parks. Just in time for the 25th anniversary the environmental internship was distinguished as an official project of the UN-Decade “biological diversity 2015/2016”. It already received this title in 2007 for the UN-Decade “education for sustainable development”. Both awards stress the exemplary commitment of Commerzbank in cooperation with the 27 national parks, nature and biosphere reserves.

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.

Since the idea emerged 28 years ago, the project has enabled nearly 1,600 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.

Support for the Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 4: Quality Education

Goal 15: Life on Land