WHAT TYPES OF INTERNSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE?
DEP typically offers Engineering, Scientific and Technical Internships and Government Services Internships.
Government Services Internships are limited in number. They are for students with majors such as Communications, Human Resources, Journalism, and Public Relations. The majority of these positions are located in the DEP headquarters in Harrisburg, PA. The Bureau of State Employment in the Governor's Office of Administration oversees the hiring of paid Government Services Interns and other types of internships in various state agencies. You can visit their website at www.employment.pa.gov and click on "Apply Now", then "apply now through this Web site" to see what internships may be available.
Engineering, Scientific and Technical Internships are for students who are currently enrolled full-time in a bachelor's degree or advanced degree program, have completed their freshman year, are in good academic standing, and are Pennsylvania residents or are attending a Pennsylvania college or university. Internships are typically available statewide ( Map of DEP Office Locations). Applicants should only list counties where they will accept employment. Further, applicants should list counties in which DEP offices are located. Otherwise, they risk not being contacted for an interview since lists of eligible candidates are generally retrieved for the county of the vacancy. Acceptable majors include Agronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Ecology, Engineering (Air, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical, Mining, Nuclear, Sanitary), Environmental/Natural Science (Environmental Studies, Environmental Resource Management), Geology, Information Technology, Meteorology, Microbiology, Physics, and Soils Science. Other majors will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Typically the major would need to be considered qualifying for our full-time positions in order to be accepted.
Interns learn about and assist with program office functions under the close supervision of professional staff. Duties assigned to interns vary depending on the location of the internship, the program area, and the work that is available. Former DEP interns have assisted in environmental protection activities related to West Nile Virus, Black Fly, acid mine drainage, dam safety, and oil and gas.
DEP offers both paid and unpaid internship opportunities. Applicants must indicate on the online application if they are willing to accept paid and/or unpaid internships. Eligible candidates will be referred to hiring supervisors accordingly.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR AN INTERNSHIP?
Interested students should apply online using the following instructions:
Click here to complete an application.
- Provide all of the information requested on the online application, including specifying an interest in a paid and/or unpaid internship, for credit or not for credit.
- Contact your financial aid office to determine if the PHEAA State Work Study Program (SWSP) will affect your financial aid package.
- Ensure that you complete the SWSP form and have the Academic Verification Statement completed by your Registrar's Office. Send both forms to Attn: Sharon Rickert, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Human Resources, P.O. Box 2357, Harrisburg, PA 17105.
- School Codes and Program of Study Codes used in the completion of the SWSP form may be viewed on PHEAA's Web site.
- As a condition of employment, a paid intern will be required to enroll and maintain enrollment in the direct deposit program. This direct deposit may be to either a checking or savings account at a financial institution of the intern's choice.
- Additionally, an unpaid intern will need to provide documentation from the college/university (professor or dean) indicating if the internship is a degree requirement for graduation or a work experience enhancing/supplementing his/her education.
- Both Paid and Unpaid Internships:
- Online Intern Application
- Academic Verification Statement – link provided below; have your registrar's office complete this form and send it to the Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Human Resources, P.O. Box 2357, Harrisburg, PA 17105. An unofficial transcript is acceptable, providing it includes the student's name and other pertinent information as required on the DEP Academic Verification Statement form.
- Check below for forms required for the specific type of internship for which you are applying:
- Paid Internships Only
- Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) State Work Study Program Form – link provided below; student completes form and returns it to the Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Human Resources, P.O. Box 2357, Harrisburg, PA 17105
- Unpaid Internships Only
- For College Credit – A letter or memo from the college/university (dean or professor) indicating that completing an internship is a requirement of the degree program.
- Not for College Credit – A letter of recommendation from college/university (dean or professor) indicating that the internship will provide a valid supplement/enhancement to the student's studies in his/her degree program.
In order to be considered for an internship, all required paperwork must be submitted by:
- March 1st for summer internships
- One month prior to the beginning of the semester for fall and spring semester internships
I NEED MORE INFORMATION ABOUT INTERNSHIPS. WHO SHOULD I CONTACT FOR ASSISTANCE?
For questions about internships, please contact Sharon Rickert, DEP Intern Coordinator, at 717-783-6118. You can also email Ms. Rickert at DEP-Internships@pa.gov.
References on the DEP website to engineers, geologists and/or surveyors reflect civil service job titles and do not imply professional licensure. Professional licenses may be indicated on an individual level with PE (professional engineer), PG (professional geologist) or PLS (professional land surveyor) following an employee's name.