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Internships




Delaware State Parks Internship Program

Intern opportunities are available for a variety of disciplines – not just Parks and Recreation!

  • Education
  • History
  • Environmental
  • Engineering
  • Hospitality
  • Theatre, Performing Arts
  • And the list goes on!

The Delaware State Parks Internship Program provides opportunities for qualified students and career-focused graduates to apply learned theory and experience to practical situations and to observe an organization first-hand. A quality field experience facilitates and enhances educational and vocational processes. The Delaware State Parks Internship Program is a training program that provides practical work experience and valuable training in the many and varied careers in the State Park system.

Interns apply for a specific position and are assigned to a specific site with a field expert who will mentor and supervise the intern’s activities. Interns are expected to work closely with the field expert to design an individual plan detailing duties and requirements including: daily schedules, responsibilities and length of the internship.

View available positions

Open Intern Positions

These internship positions fill quickly. Interviews are scheduled and placements made as applications are received, so apply now!

Click here for our intern application form

PT = Part-time hours of 20 -29/ week

FT = Full time hours of 30 + /week

Environmental Summer Camp

Bellevue State Park

12 weeks

Brandywine Creek State Park

12 weeks

Killens Pond State Park

12 weeks

Lums Pond State Park

12 weeks

Trap Pond State Park

12 weeks

White Clay Creek State Park

12 weeks

Bellevue State Park

Summer Camp Counselor - FILLED

12 weeks

Brandywine Creek State Park

Summer Camp Counselor - FILLED

12 weeks

Killens Pond State Park

Summer Camp Counselor - FILLED

12 weeks

White Clay Creek State Park

Summer Camp Counselor - FILLED

12 weeks

Environmental Education and Research

Alapocas Run State Park

6 months

Bellevue State Park

6 months - year

Brandywine Creek State Park

1 Year

Cape henlopen State Park

6 months

Youth Conservation Corps

12 weeks

DuPont Nature Center

12 weeks

Killens Pond State Park

1 Year

Lums Pond State Park

6 months

Trap Pond State Park

12 weeks - year

White Clay Creek State Park

12 weeks - 6 months - year

Youth Conservation Corps

Environmental Educator - FILLED

12 weeks

DuPont Nature Center

Environmental Educator - FILLED

12 weeks

Historical Interpretation and Research

Auburn Heights

12 weeks

Auburn Heights

6 months / year

Delaware Seashore - Indian River Life-Saving Station

6 months

Cultural Resources Office

Year round

First State Heritage Park

12 weeks / year

First State Heritage Park

6 months

Fort Delaware

Year round

Fort Delaware

12 weeks / 6 months / year

Fort Miles

12 weeks / 6 months / year

Auburn Heights

Interpreter - FILLED

12 weeks

Delaware Seashore - Indian River Life-Saving Station

Historical Researcher - FILLED

6 months

Fort Miles

Historical Interpreter - FILLED

12 weeks / 6 months / year

Outdoor Skills

Alapocas Run

6 months

Delaware Seashore

12 weeks / 6 months

Trap Pond

6 months

Delaware Seashore

Outdoor Environmental Educator (Kayak) - FILLED

12 weeks / 6 months

Park Program and Management

Alapocas Run

6 months / year

Auburn Heights

6 months

Bellevue

4 months

Brandywine Creek

12 weeks

Fort Delaware

6 months

Killens Pond

6 months / year

White Clay Creek

6 months

Alapocas Run

Park Management - FILLED

6 months / year

Auburn Heights

Park Operations Assistant - FILLED

6 months

Bellevue

Park and Volunteer Management - FILLED

4 months

Brandywine Creek

Park Management - FILLED

12 weeks

Operation Administration

Brandywine Creek

12 weeks

White Clay Creek

6 months

Priscilla Building - Dover

1 Year/6 Months

Research and Policy

Division Land Aquisition Office

12 weeks / 6 months / year

Hospitality and Facility Management

Lums Pond

12 weeks / 6 months

Trap Pond

12 weeks / 6 months

Lums Pond

Campground Management - FILLED

12 weeks / 6 months

Trap Pond

Campground Management - FILLED

12 weeks / 6 months

Field Stewardship and Research

Northern Region

12 weeks

Brandywine Zoo Education and Research

Brandywine Zoo

year round

Brandywine Zoo

6 months

Brandywine Zoo

year round

Brandywine Zoo

Program Animal Apprentice - FILLED

year round

Brandywine Zoo

Summer Program Animal Intern - NO STIPEND - FILLED

12 weeks

Brandywine Zoo Animal Care

Brandywine Zoo

year round

Brandywine Zoo

12 weeks

Brandywine Zoo

Animal Keeper Assistant - FILLED

year round

Brandywine Zoo

Animal Keeper - NO STIPEND - FILLED

12 weeks

Commitments

  1. Start and end dates vary and are flexible, depending on the position and assignment site.
  2. Length of term varies between 12 weeks, 6 months, 9 months or 12 months.
  3. Number of hours required depends on the position and the assignment site; this can be very regimented or very flexible. Some positions will require as little as six to 10 hours per week with a very flexible schedule. Others require 30 to 40 hours on an established schedule that the intern agrees to.
  4. Position status: Interns are considered to be volunteers, and are not employees of the State of Delaware. The Division of Parks and Recreation does not provide Workmen’s Compensation or any other insurance coverage for interns.
  5. Governed by Internship Policy: Interns agree to adhere to the Internship Policy.

Benefits

In addition to outstanding training and hands-on learning, there are tangible benefits to Delaware State Parks interns:

  1. Stipend: Interns are considered volunteers and are not paid for their service. Interns may elect to receive a stipend to help cover expenses incurred during their volunteer intern service. The more hours an intern serves, the greater the costs likely to be incurred. As a result, the stipend is a fixed amount of $100 per week for service of 30 or more hours per week or $50.00 per week for service of between 20 – 30 hours/ week paid biweekly as a direct deposit into the Intern’s bank account.
  2. Taxes: 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 in a calendar year are not subject to receiving a Form 1099.
  3. Housing: Some housing is available, at no fee, for interns providing full-time hours (30 or more per week). If selected for housing, in most cases the intern should expect to share a room with other interns in a Division Intern house, duplex or dorm facility. The facilities are furnished and include kitchen, housewares, and laundry. Utilities are included. Wi-Fi, cable, TVs and computers are NOT provided.
  4. Activities: Interns receive free admission to all Delaware State Parks and the opportunity to attend most programs and activities at no fee.

How to Apply

Important Application Information

  • Carefully review program information. Contact the Volunteer and Intern Office with any questions.
  • Review position descriptions and locations.
  • TIP: Increase chance of selection by applying for multiple sites and/ or positions
  • You can use the same application to apply for multiple positions or sites.
  • Complete online Intern Application
  • Once your application is received, an email will be sent confirming delivery and instructing you to submit a resume either by email or fax:

RAPID PLACEMENT – Apply Early!

  • Slots frequently fill quickly – Apply as soon as possible.
  • The review and interview process begins immediately upon receipt of the application and resume
  • Decisions are made quickly. Available positions are secured immediately upon successful interview and criminal history background investigation (provided by the Division at no charge to the intern.)

Delaware State Parks encourages candidates of all abilities to apply.

Need more information? Contact the Volunteer and Intern Office at (302) 739-9193 or DNREC_HelpYourPark@state.de.us

Internship Policy

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.