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.

Internship contacts

Internships can be arranged within the Divisions and Bureaus below.

  • Ecological & Water Resources
    Contact: Bernice Cramblit 651-259-5101
  • Enforcement
    Contact: Standards and Training section, 320-412-1170 extension 2507
  • Fish & Wildlife Outreach Section
    Contact: Deb Groebner at 507-359-6049
  • Fisheries
    Contact: Chris Kavanaugh 218-328-8832
  • Forestry
    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
  • Wildlife
    Contact: Jeff Lawrence 218-308-2284

Background check

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.