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 each summer. 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 eight-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 For example, in June 2013, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed House Bill 32 into law, ending outdated oil spill liability limits that left Delaware taxpayers vulnerable to footing the bill for most spill cleanup costs.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.
Internships are full time, generally from mid-June to mid-August. 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. Graduate students receive a stipend of $6,000 for the internship period, while undergrads receive $4,000. 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.
Applications are due May 18 for two projects during the summer of 2014:
Use of Native Plants in Redevelopment and Restoration Sites
Mentor: Greg DeCowsky, Site Investigation and Restoration (SIRS)
Building a Model Civil Rights Program: An Assessment of Existing Practices and Departmental Needs for Title VI Compliance
Mentors: Rebort J. Zimmerman and Jeanette A. Hammon, Office of the Secretary
Download a document that includes full project descriptions, application instructions, and an application form. Successful candidates will be notified in June and work for the period June 15 through August 14, 2015. If you have questions about the DNREC internship program, contact Jeantte Miller at (302) 831-4167.