Internship Policy

Contact: Karen Minner
89 Kings Hwy., Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 739-9193
Fax: (302) 739-3817
Email

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Summary Delaware State Park Internship Program provides opportunities for qualified students and career focused graduates to apply learned theory and experience to practical situations and observe the organization up close. A quality field experience facilitates and enhances the educational and vocational process. The DELAWARE STATE PARKS internship is a training program that provides practical work experience and valuable training in the many and varied careers in the State Park Service.

  1. As a training program, Interns are assigned to a specific site and Field Expert who will mentor and supervise the intern activities. Interns are expected to work closely with their Field Expert to design an individual plan detailing internship duties and requirements including: daily schedules, responsibilities and the duration of the internship.
  2. It is the intern’s responsibility to ensure that all academic provision and requirements are fulfilled during the internship. For the internship experience to benefit of the intern, participation in all orientation and training programs is expected.
  3. Interns are considered volunteers in Delaware State Parks, and as such are not considered employees of the State of Delaware. The Division of Parks and Recreation does not provide Worker’s Compensation or any other insurance coverage for volunteers or interns.
  4. At no time shall the intern displace regular employees.
  5. Interns are not paid for their service. Interns may elect to receive a fixed-amount stipend to help cover expenses incurred during their volunteer intern service. Acceptance of the stipend in no way alters the volunteer nature of the intern’s service or the intern’s status as a volunteer and not an employee of State of Delaware.
  6. No taxes are withheld from the stipend. Interns electing to receive the stipend will complete IRS Form W-9 Request for Tax-Payer Identification as self-employed and will receive a Form 1099 at the end of the year that reports the amount of income from the stipend. The stipend is not a wage, but does count toward the total income on which the intern’s tax obligation is based. Interns receiving less than $600.00 in a calendar year are not subject to receiving a Form 1099.
  7. Interns serve as a representative of Delaware State Parks and are expected to learn about and uphold the agency’s policies, programs and to comply with the expectations set forth by your supervisor including dress code, conduct and customer service standards.
  8. The intern understands that there is no expectation for paid employment with DELAWARE STATE PARKS at the conclusion of the internship.
  9. Interns in all positions are required to undergo and successfully pass a Background Investigation conducted by the Division as a part of the screening process.
  10. Acceptance as an Intern is contingent upon successful completion at all levels of screening.
  11. The Division reserves the right to reject a candidate for any reason which the Division, in its sole judgment, determines will or may affect the best interests of the Division. Furthermore, the Division reserves the right to withhold the reason(s) for such refusal.
  12. The Division of Parks and Recreation accepts the service of all Interns with the understanding that such service is at the sole discretion of the Division. Interns agree that the Division and the Intern may at any time, for any reason, decide to terminate the Intern’s relationship with the Division. Notice of such a decision should be communicated in writing as soon as possible.