Conservation Officer Internship Program

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR 2020 SUMMER INTERNSHIPS IS JANUARY 31, 2020, AT 4 P.M. Applications must be received before this date to be considered. Applications after this date will not be considered and will have to re-apply for 2021.

In order to apply for an internship, you must be fulfilling an academic requirement and/or result in academic credit from an accredited educational institution. The internships are unpaid and limited to a maximum of 200 hours during the months of May through September. The Enforcement Division does not provide any expenses or room and board for participation in the internship program.

The Division offers four internships every year throughout the state. In order to be chosen for an internship with the Division, applicants must fill out the required application paperwork and go through a selection process that will include a ride-along/interview with a conservation officer. The internship program timeline is here.

The application/selection process has three steps:

  1. Fill out and send in the DNR Enforcement Division internship application (contact information below). Some applicants also will be asked to fill out and send in a background check form. The forms need to be emailed, mailed or faxed no later than 4:00 p.m. on January 31, 2020.
  2. On or about February 14, selected applicants will be notified to set up a ride-along with a local conservation officer. It is the applicant's responsibility to contact a conservation officer and set up a ride-along. Applicants will need to notify the internship coordinator who the ride-along is scheduled with BEFORE the ride-along is completed. The deadline for completing the ride-along is March 15, 2020. To find a CO in your area use the CO Locator on the DNR website.
  3. On or about April 15, notifications will be given to those selected for the internship program.

For additional information or to submit application paperwork contact:

CO Aaron Kahre
MN DNR Enforcement Division
Internship Coordinator
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN  55155
Office:  651.259.5040
Fax:  651.297.3727
[email protected]