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Internships

The Department of Environmental Protection has a limited number of unpaid internships available for high school and college level students to help further enhance their skills and career goals. Internship assignments will be developed in an effort to combine the applicant's interests and goals with the Department needs. Our intent is to provide interns with real-world experience and training while at the same time obtaining much needed help on our most pressing challenges.

The vast majority of our internships are suitable for undergraduate or Master’s students, but qualified high school students may be considered.  Internships can be in the fall, spring or summer, except for the biological monitoring internships which are only in summer.  

In order to be considered for an internship, please follow the directions outlined on this webpage, specifically in "How to Apply".  Click the green "How to Apply" button on the right.

Department Areas of Focus:

  • Water, Watershed Restoration and RainScapes

  • Outreach and Education

  • Energy

  • Trees and Air Quality

  • Sustainability and Climate Change

  • Compliance and Community Concerns

        Photo of an intern helping measure a stream channel.       Photo of an intern and DEP employee at an outreach event.
Take geomorphology measurments in the field
Educate the public at local outreach events

 

Summer Biological Monitoring Internships

Each summer, the Watershed Management Division offers specialized volunteer internships to work with stream monitoring crews to collect biological, physiochemical and habitat data. The internships are unpaid. 

Image of a monitoring intern holding a fish.Duties may include:

  • Stream Monitoring:

    • Fish sampling

    • Habitat assessments

    • Physical chemistry sampling

    • Amphibian & reptile surveys

    • Geomorphic surveys

    • Hydrology monitoring (maintenance and download of flow gages and rain gages; stream flow measurements)

    • Temperature meter deployment

  • Laboratory/office:

    • Benthic macroinvertebrate sub-sampling

    • Data entry and database querying

    • Report writing

    • Public outreach projects

 

Download an application for the summer biological monitoring internship.  

Applications are Due:  April 2014 (Check back for specific date)

Submit a completed application with a resume and cover letter to askdep@montgomerycountymd.gov

 

 

How to Apply

If you are interested in interning with the Department of Environmental Protection, please email a resume and cover letter with your areas of interest to askdep@montgomerycountymd.gov. Your resume will be forwarded to appropriate divisions within DEP for consideration. 

Individuals applying for a summer biological monitoring internship should also include a completed application with their resume and cover letter. 

If your skills and interests look like a potential match for an available internship, a staff member will contact you to set up an interview.

 

Image of summer monitoring interns collecting samples from a stream.Do's of Applying for a DEP Internship:

  • Be clear on your cover letter what your interests and desired area of focus would be. This helps us match you with the appropriate staff person. 

  • Submit your resume or cover letter as a Microsoft Word file or PDF by email to askdep@montgomerycountymd.gov, if possible.  If you need assistance submitting an application or resume, please call DEP at 240-777-7730.

  • For those applying for a summer biological monitoring internship, make sure to attach an application and apply by the deadline

 

Don'ts of Applying for a DEP Internship:

  • Don't email your resume to an individual staff person.  Only email to askdep@montgomerycountymd.gov

  • Don't email or call multiple times to "see the status" or "check on the progress".  You will hear from DEP if your application was accepted or not. 

  • Don't apply for the summer biological monitoring internship if you're going to be gone for most of the summer or can't commit to the internship. 

 

Jobs with DEP

Interested in a job with the Department of Environmental Protection? Visit the Montgomery County Office of Human Resources job portal for open positions with the County and the Department of Environmental Protection. 

Hiring for the County and a listing of all positions is only accessible at the Office of Human Resources.  Please do not contact a Department, Division or person outside of the Office of Human Resources. 

Montgomery County is a great place to work!

 

Image of the Montgomery County DEP County Fair Booth Image of Solid Waste Services staff at an outreach event.
DEP staff member and a volunteer at the County Fair.
Solid Waste Services staff at an outreach event.