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DNREC Policy Internship Program

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The Delaware Environmental Institute works in partnership with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) to provide internship opportunities in environmental policy. The research focus of each internship is determined by DNREC, based on state environmental needs, and the intern works under the mentorship of DNREC personnel. DENIN assists with intern recruitment and provides a stipend for the typically eight- to ten-week experience.

DNREC internships provide advanced undergraduate and graduate students with real-world policy experience. Most internships culminate in a written report and presentation to DNREC's senior leadership in which the interns present policy recommendations based on their research. These recommendations often result in real environmental policy changes in Delaware. For example, in June 2013, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed House Bill 32 into law, ending outdated oil spill liability limits that left Delaware taxpayers vulnerable to footing the bill for most spill cleanup costs. This legislation was based on the research and recommendations of a student policy intern.

Summer internships are full-time, generally from mid-June to mid-August, while those during the academic year are part-time. Interns work with a mentor at DNREC but must also be comfortable working independently. Most often, interns work in DNREC's main offices in Dover but sometimes at other DNREC offices or field locations. Students from the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Delaware Technical Community College, or Wesley College may apply. Financial support for the internships is provided by Delaware's National Science Foundation EPSCoR grant.

Photo from the signing ceremony for House Bill 32We are currently seeking applicants for an internship during the period January 3–May 12, 2017. This intern will work with the DNREC Community Ombudsman to support the development of Public Involvement Plans. Such plans detail how the agency identifies stakeholders and seeks public input about proposed regulations and other actions that impact communities. 

The intern will gain experience with developing spatial databases, creating maps and figures; composing, conducting, and analyzing questionnaires and surveys; and evaluating communication alternatives and priorities.

This internship will be located in New Castle, Delaware. Applications are due November 21, 2016. The internship will be full-time during the UD 2017 Winter Session and 10 hours per week during the spring semester for a stipend of $3,000. The intern will also be part of the 2017 DENIN Environmental Scholars cohort and participate in the DENIN Scholars Symposium in May.

Download a document that includes a full project description, application instructions, and a link to the online application form. If you have questions about the DNREC internship program, contact Jeantte Miller at (302) 831-4167.