DNR Internships provide students the opportunity to gain practical work experience in a realistic work environment and expose them to state government employment while receiving academic credit. Internships are based on learning objectives as defined by the DNR intern's hiring supervisor, the intern's faculty advisor and the intern.
In order to be appointed to an internship, the student must be receiving academic credit for the experience from his/her school. Interns may be high school or college level students seeking an internship for academic credit or as a means of fulfilling an academic requirement. Internships may be full or part-time and generally last anywhere from four weeks to one year.
Finding DNR internships
DNR Internships will be posted on the MN.Gov/Careers website.
You can view open positions by entering "intern" or "student worker" in the Keywords field on the Job Search page and selecting Natural Resources Dept as the Agency.
Applying for DNR internships
The bulk of DNR's internships are from May until September with a recruiting period beginning in January and ending in the beginning of April.
Interested students will need to apply on the MN.Gov/Careers website.
Internships can be arranged within the Divisions and Bureaus below.
- Ecological & Water Resources
Contact: Bernice Cramblit 651-259-5101
Contact: Standards and Training section, 320-412-1170 extension 2507
- Fish & Wildlife Outreach Section
Contact: Deb Groebner at 507-359-6049
Contact: Chris Kavanaugh 218-328-8832
Contact: Lonnie Lilly 218-328-8896
- Operations Services
Contact: Matt Olinger 651-259-5315
- Lands & Minerals
Contact: Deb Hunt 651-259-5408
- Parks and Trails
Contact: Jennifer Conrad 651-259-5597
Contact: Jeff Lawrence 218-308-2284
The DNR is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for visitors, staff, interns and volunteers. Therefore, interns are required to pass a background check as a condition of appointment.