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Student Internship Program

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in partnership with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has created a formalized Student Internship Program. This Program provides a window through which to view potential careers, as well as insight into the workings of state government through meaningful work experience. These internship opportunities can be for Associates, Bachelors, Masters, or Doctorate students.

Internships may be short term (one semester) or long term (more than one semester) depending on the assignment. The assignments may be for a specific project for an individual, or may be a class project. An assignment could be shadowing professional or managerial staff person(s) or shadowing different professional staff in different areas to give a broad base of experience.

NOTE: All assignments are substantive, professional-level experiences. Student internship assignments do not replace classified positions.

Program Guidelines

The DNR is currently seeking students and recent graduates from all disciplines to apply for the Student Internship Program. Openings for both full- and part-time internships, for traditional and non-traditional students are available.

Positions are available in Lansing and field locations around the state. The duration for internships, as well as the hours committed per week, will vary according to the needs of the office, as well as each candidate's qualifications and availability. Participants may be eligible to earn school credit for their participation depending on the educational Institution involved.

The DNR embraces diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or physical disability. The DNR is an equal opportunity employer.

Potential Internship Opportunities are included in the Internship Application

Applications Policy

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications are reviewed and candidate selections made quickly. Invitations to join the DNR Internship Program may be extended after completion of the candidate evaluation process.

DNR Contact Information

Please address all correspondence (e.g., completed applications, inquiries, etc.) to:

Student Internship Program
Tom Occhipinti, Environmental Education Coordinator
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
PO Box 30457
525 West Allegan St.
Lansing, MI 48909

Telephone (517) 373-2379

Application for internship is located at:

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