The Department of Environmental Protection welcomes interns
throughout the year. The positions listed do not offer
salary, but the benefit of hands-on experience with this
dynamic agency will be invaluable to anyone pursuing a career in
stewardship of the environment. Opportunities exist in a
variety of departments and schedules are variable based on the needs
of the program. Interns will be provided with a support
structure that will include being paired with a "Mentor" that will
provide leadership and guidance. Not all positions are offered
every semester. Depending on the needs of the program,
internships will typically require a minimum of 8-12 hours a week.
Internship with DEP will:
- Assist in the student's education and overall
- Help with the Department's regulatory
- Allow students to work in the front lines of
Air Program Intern: The intern would work in the
compliance and enforcement section of the Air Program and would
shadow an inspector on various air pollution sources learning the
skills and tools used to accomplish a regulatory inspection.
From this training, the intern would gain insight on a number of
facilities, facility operations and pollution control equipment,
and sear for additional air pollution sources which may need an air
permit. The intern would assist in gathering data for
inspections such as file reviews, property searches, corporate
searches, occupational licensing, and various Department database
searches such as ARMs, GPCI, and Asbestos databases. The
intern could be tasked with a special project of short duration.
A background in engineering or environmental science is preferred.
Drinking Water Program Intern:
This position will assist the South District Water Program in
various ways, including the review and entry of sampling data, and
hands-on compliance inspections of State-regulated drinking water
systems. The intern will become familiar with primary and
secondary drinking water standards and requirements (F.A.C. 62-550),
and will receive guidance from the compliance and enforcement staff
of the Drinking Water program. This position involves a
moderate amount of fieldwork, as well as filing and computer work.
A path of study in Chemistry, Biology, or Environmental Science is
Environmental Resource Permitting Intern:
The intern will do field work to assist Environmental
Specialists with their assigned tasks. This can include
wetland determinations, permitting site evaluations, lease
compliance inspections, regulatory compliance inspections, and
complaint responses. This can require the traversing of
difficult wetland terrain, swimming, snorkeling, and boating.
The incumbent may also attend meetings where strategies are
developed to bring a proposed or unauthorized project into
compliance with rule criteria. Interns will be trained on the
Environmental Resource Program (ERP) applicable rules, permitting
procedures and compliance procedures, in the office and field.
Other duties may include clerical assistance, perform GIS location
updates, file preparation for archiving, scanning of documents
for archiving purposes, and similar duties.
Environmental Assessment & Restoration
(Watershed) Intern: The intern program provides
opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students in one or
more of the following program areas: water quality monitoring;
biological assessments; Total Maximum Daily Load Program (water
quality assessment and restoration); regional and comprehensive
planning efforts; Everglades restoration; special projects and
research. Interns may be involved in office work or field
sampling. Data collection opportunities may include water
quality sampling, biological sampling, watershed reconnaissance
work, etc. Other duties may include field work preparation,
instrument maintenance and calibration, micro-invertebrate sample
processing, data entry, literature searches, assistance with data
analysis and scientific report writing. Prospective interns
must be highly motivated and interested in water resource issues.
Prospective interns must be able to conduct field work under harsh
conditions and be willing to work in the office or laboratory.
Prospective interns must possess effective written and verbal
Waste Management Intern: This position assists the
Waste Management Program. This program is responsible for
regulating solid and hazardous waste and storage tanks. Duties
may include: assessing waste cleanup projects, reviewing
landfill applications, reviewing hazardous waste cases, data entry,
file organization, site inspections, document scanning, and GIS
mapping. A background in geology, biology, chemistry,
environmental science or engineering preferred.
Administration/Technical Services Program Intern: This
position will assist with Office Management. Duties may
include: file organization, data entry, OCULUS scanning, answering
phones, program assessment, data management, vehicle maintenance,
computer program installation, computer trouble shooting, and
information technology support. A background in computers,
office management, or data entry is preferred.
For more information, or to apply for one of these
intern positions, please
contact Mary Grace Stamper at (239) 344-5696 or by email at
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Nicolas Rinaldi, University of South Florida - Internship - Summer
Candise Forde, Florida Gulf Coast University - Internship - Summer