Delaware Environmental Institute
Employment and Internships
The mission of the Institute for Broadening Participation is to increase diversity in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Since 2003, IBP has connected underrepresented students with STEM funding and research opportunities and has provided faculty and administrators with tools and resources to help promote the positive factors that keep underrepresented students on the STEM pathway into successful STEM careers. The institute's website provides a wealth of resources for students seeking scholarships, fellowships, and internships.
A variety of internships are available. Some positions are paid and some are volunteer.
The mission of the GLOBE program is to prepare young professionals for successful careers in the environmental industry. The Nature Conservancy hires college students and recent college graduates for paid summer internships in variety of career areas, and their internship program offers a structured orientation, professional training, network opportunities, mentoring program, and real-world work experience. The GLOBE Program recruits individuals from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and will match qualified and enthusiastic undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates with an internship suited to their area of study, ensuring that each intern has a high-quality experience, a committed mentor, and a relevant project that provides each intern with additional skills and training that will help them begin their conservation career path.
Positions are available for spring, summer, and fall, ranging from 12 weeks to a year. Includes a stipend and sometimes housing. Positions are available for people with skills and knowledge in education, history, exercise science, the environment, engineering, hospitality, theater and performing arts, and more. Contact the intern office at 302-739-9193 or visit the state parks internship webpage.
The Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) is a nonprofit organization founded by former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz dedicated to addressing the imperatives of climate change by driving innovation in energy technology, policy and business models to accelerate the creation of clean energy jobs, grow local, regional and national economies, and enhance energy security. Interns may also do business-sensitive work for EJM Associates, LLC, a private energy business consultancy. Research projects cover a wide range of energy issues including, but not limited to, modernization and protection of electricity networks, the skills needed for 21st century energy jobs, technologies to decarbonize energy systems, regional disparities in energy sources, and global and regional initiatives to promote clean energy innovation. Applicants should be pursuing a postgraduate degree or have recently completed postgraduate work. EFI prefers candidates who are studying energy issues, and for the communications position will consider candidates pursuing degrees in economics, policy, and communications who have an interest in environmental and energy issues. Competitive candidates will have excellent research and writing skills honed through corporate or government experience, along with a thorough grasp of broad energy issues and the regional impacts of climate change. Superior candidates will also offer the ability to create interactive graphics, illustrations and videos. Skills in WordPress or coding is a strong plus, as is experience in email marketing software such as Constant Contact. Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and one- to two-page writing sample on an energy topic.
Housing: Provided at Washington College Student Housing
ShoreRivers seeks applicants for an exciting, hands-on summer internship experience in the environmental field, based in the Chester and Sassafras watersheds. This internship program is provided through a partnership with the Delaware Environmental Institute at the University of Delaware.
ShoreRivers is a nonprofit organization that protects and restores Eastern Shore waterways through science-based advocacy, restoration, and education. With offices in Easton, Chestertown, and Galena Maryland, the organization serves as an advocate for the health of our rivers and the living resources they support. Our programs promote environmental awareness of the essential role local rivers and streams play in the community, the issues that threaten their health and vitality, and solutions that must be implemented to preserve them.
The summer intern will provide programmatic support for our Chester River and Sassafras River programs and participate in a variety of activities including restoration, water quality monitoring, outreach, education, and enforcement. By the end of the program the intern will have completed a Maryland boater safety certificate, become familiar with handling a boat, gained experience and training in scientific water quality monitoring equipment and protocols, and developed a variety of other skills and experiences.
Applications require an essay about your interest in the experience, a resume, an unofficial transcript, and a letter of recommendation from someone who can attest to your skills. Be sure to request your letter of recommendation in advance. The application system will request the letter from your reference by email. Please note that you can work on your application and save it for later, prior to submission.
The National Aquarium offers students hands-on internship experience in a variety of departments, including but not limited to, animal care, marketing, government affairs, human resources and development. Students must receive college credit for the internship and are required to work a minimum of 120 hours during the semester. The internship is unpaid. Read this UDaily story to find out how Sarah Thorne, a UD junior, spent her summer interning for the aquarium.
Paid undergraduate research internship positions are available for University of Delaware students during the academic year for students interested in environmental research. All applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and must be current sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Applicants must identify a project and faculty member willing to host the student in his or her lab prior to applying. Internships will begin on or about November 1 and continue through the spring semester. The fall and spring semesters are a part-time commitment, while the winter session is considered a full-time commitment for five weeks. Students will present the results of their work at a spring sypmposium. Students with interests in climate, sea level rise, water quality, land use, soil contamination and remediation, environmental sensing and monitoring, economics, ethics, and environmental justice, history, or policy are especially encouraged to apply. Direct questions to Jeanette Miller.
The marine science internship program takes place at the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment on the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in the resort community of Lewes. This modern campus is located on the shores of Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean near Cape Henlopen State Park. Interns work with faculty and research staff in a graduate student atmosphere on a research topic in chemical, physical, or biological oceanography, marine biology, marine geology or marine biogeochemistry. Interns work semi-independently on a project designed by the intern and assigned faculty advisor and present written and oral reports at the end of the summer. The program runs for 10 weeks. The summer 2023 program will run for 10 weeks from Monday, June 5 to Friday, August 11. Student support includes a $6,700 stipend, free housing, and travel assistance for the 10-week program.