Park naturalist teaching a child about nature

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), one of Minnesota’s largest state agencies, offers a broad range of paid internships for college students. Internships are available at locations across the state. As an intern you’ll work with dedicated professionals to create a healthy, sustainable, livable Minnesota for generations to come.

  • Aquatic Invasive Species
  • Aquatic Plants
  • Douglas Lodge
  • Engineering
  • Facilities Management
  • Fish Habitat in Streams
  • Fisheries Education
  • Forestry Management
  • Human Resources/Diversity
  • Interpretive Naturalist
  • Lake Habitat Restoration
  • Land Survey
  • MinnAqua
  • Mississippi River Fish
  • Mississippi River Vegetation
  • Mussel Survey and Monitoring Diver

How to find and apply for internships at the DNR:

  1. Log onto the Minnesota Careers website
  2. Enter “intern” in the Keywords field on the Job Search Page
  3. Select "Natural Resources Dept" in the “Agency” column on the left side of the page
  4. Choose the internship(s) you’re interested in
  5. Click the apply button to submit your application materials

Internships offer:

  • Competitive salary of $15.00 per hour
  • 20 – 40 hours  per week
  • Starting dates in May and June
  • Opportunities located throughout the state of Minnesota

Internship requirements:

  • Must be receiving academic credit for the experience from your school
  • Must pass a background check as a condition of the appointment

three interns