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

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25 years Commerzbank environmental internship

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One of the most important tasks to protect our future is to protect the environment and therewith mankind and its livelihood. With this background the Commerzbank environmental internship began in 1990 as a joint project with Germany's national parks. Just in time with the 25th anniversary the environmental internship got awarded as 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 PR and environmental training in conservation areas throughout Germany, from Mt. Watzmann to 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.

In the 25 years since the beginning it has enabled over 1,500 interns to enjoy a semester of learning in the open-air. Many of those who had taken part in the environmental internship had found a way into their chosen career.

Support for the Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 4: Quality Education

Goal 15: Life on Land

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