Career Resources

2017 Minnesota DNR Wildlife Student Internships

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Section of Wildlife utilizes qualified students to assist with projects. Relationships between students and the agency vary with the needs and available budget for each project and the desires of the student. DNR has occasional paid student internships, some seasonal and others lasting as long as 12 months. Summer intern positions are often times filled during winter. To be eligible for a paid internship, students must be working towards a degree.  Students who are not eligible for credit may seek experience to strengthen their resumes by considering an internship on a volunteer basis.

PURPOSE: Internships provide students with a work experience that fulfills an academic requirement and/or results in academic credit from an accredited educational institution. The intent of an Internship is to provide a learning experience that is directly related to the student’s academic program.

ELIGIBILITY: Interns may be high school or college level students who are seeking an internship for academic credit or as a means of fulfilling an academic requirement.


Minnesota DNR Wildlife Research Groups

Farmland Wildlife Populations and Research Group; Madelia, MN

Nicole Davros, Acting Group Leader,

Internships may be available on a volunteer basis. No paid internships are available during summer 2017.

Forest Wildlife Populations and Research Group; Grand Rapids, MN

Mike Larson, Group Leader,

Currently, there are no internships available in the Forest Group. Project leaders in the Forest Group, however, often offer other types of opportunities for temporary work (e.g., contracts, volunteers with expense reimbursement).

Wetlands Wildlife Populations and Research Group; Bemidji, MN

Jeff Lawrence, Group Leader,

The Wetland Group will likely have 2 summer internships for waterfowl banding paying approximately $12/hour. Applications will be due in late winter for summer 2017 internships. These positions will be announced on the website.

Wildlife Health Program, Forest Lake, MN

Michelle Carstensen, Program Supervisor,

The Wildlife Health Program may have paid internship opportunities available in 2017. Contact Michelle Carstensen for possible opportunities.

Minnesota DNR Wildlife Shallow Lakes Program

Kati Miller,

The Shallow Lakes Program will be hiring four student interns for the 2017 field season to assist with surveying shallow lakes and assessing waterfowl habitat throughout Minnesota. Work locations have yet to be determined.

Job duties include preparing survey maps; identifying aquatic plants, waterfowl, and wetland wildlife; operating motorboats and canoes and backing in trailers; writing lake survey reports; and maintaining equipment. Lake surveys will be conducted statewide, so extensive driving will be required. Additional responsibilities may include data entry and miscellaneous office tasks. The pay is $12 per hour.

The complete announcement and application instructions will be posted in early to mid-January on the State of Minnesota jobs website (

Minnesota DNR Wildlife Management Offices

Other wildlife internship opportunities

The Texas A&M University Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences job board or The Wildlife Society job page may have opportunities in many areas to gain wildlife.