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Environmental and Corporate Sustainability

Includes courses in partnership
with the University of Richmond

Overview

Businesses and governments can no longer afford to operate unsustainability. There’s pressure from consumers, investors, business partners and citizens to increase sustainability efforts and effectively manage the finite natural resources of the planet. Start your Environmental and Corporate Sustainability internship today to gain experience in helping organisations operate sustainably. You’ll come away with the real-world experience in sustainability that is highly sought-after by businesses, governments and nonprofits, standing you in good stead to achieve a successful career in this field.

Project work
Throughout your internship you’ll be completing one project each week that helps a local organisation solve an actual problem. Since we work with real partners, real, valuable projects will be assigned to you. This means that the types of projects you could work on will vary. We aim to match you as closely as possible with an organisation and a task that aligns with your personal career goals. See below for some of the projects you could work on during your internship.
Research and plan how to implement new sustainability methods

Conduct research on strategies to minimise water usage and water pollution at an NGO site. This will assist them in becoming more sustainable by conserving water resources and reducing pollution levels.

Review and assess an environmental management plan

Examine an environmental management plan and suggest any changes to ensure the working standards go beyond what the law requires. The goal is to ensure environmental practices meet higher standards than what is mandated by regulations.

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What you get

Endorsed <br/>certificate

Endorsed
certificate

Endorsed <br/>certificate

Complete two online courses and earn a certificate from the University of Richmond.

A professional recommendation

A professional recommendation

Get a professional recommendation from your personal mentor that details your skills and accomplishments.

Masterclass lecture series

Masterclass lecture series

Attend an immersive masterclass lecture for each internship project, delivered by leading academics and local experts.

Real world projects

Real world projects

Complete a project that solves a problem for a real organisation and add it to your resume.

Personal mentorship

Personal mentorship

Receive support from your dedicated internship supervisor during weekly one-on-ones, and career coaching sessions from an external expert.

New, verifiable skills

New, verifiable skills

Learn new skills, relevant to an impact-focused profession, and apply them to real scenarios.

Up to
GBP 545
grants
Get a GBP 545 grant towards
an in-country internship

Book and pay for your virtual internship program, and receive a GBP 545 grant towards an internship in any of our locations around the world.

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A typical week
Career path insight

Engage with academics, professionals and other interns by attending lectures and live chats where key topics and trends in your field of interest will be discussed.

10 hours
Local immersion

Gain insight into culture through a range of interactions with community members. Learn about cultural or environmental topics by attending sessions led by local experts.

4 hours
Project work

Solve a problem or challenge for a real organisation by learning about their challenges, carrying out research, finding a solution and proposing an implementation plan. 

22 hours
Career development

Speak to someone with your dream job and find out how they got there. Attend career development workshops. Receive career coaching and ongoing support from your mentor.

4 hours
2 online courses included

2 weeks before starting your virtual internship, you’ll work on our foundations in sustainable development program. This includes two online courses offered in partnership with the University of Richmond.

Course 1

Careers in sustainable development

Course 2

Specialisation course relevant to your VI subject area. Either wildlife conservation, marine conservation or climate crisis & sustainability

Optional extra specialisation courses*

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Masterclass series

Attend an immersive series of lectures delivered by leading academics, professionals and local experts.

Social media and environmentalism
By Elie Gordon

Social Media Manager, BBC Springwatch

Advocate for plastic-free oceans | Elite endurance athlete
By Sarah Ferguson

Founder, Breathe Conservation | World Record Holder

Career journey and social enterprises
By Emile Fourie

Co-founder, Ywaste