Sorry, the 2015 Summer Professional Development Program application process has closed for the year. Please check back in the Fall 2015 for information about the 2016 Summer Professional Development Program.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources offers the Summer Professional Development Program (SPDP). The Summer Professional Development Program is designed to provide college students with real-life experience working alongside the Department’s engineers, scientists, natural resource managers and other professionals. There are paid and unpaid opportunities.  Most majors will be considered with special consideration given to:  Agriculture, Architecture, Atmospheric Science, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geography, Historic Preservation, History, Interpretation, Landscaping, Museum Studies, Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation, Tourism, Accounting, Business Administration, Human Resources.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources' mission is to protect our air, land and water; preserve our unique natural and historic places; and provide recreational and learning opportunities for everyone. The department's mission requires a diverse workforce statewide and includes 87 state parks and historic sites throughout Missouri. Opportunities with the Summer Professional Development Program exist statewide. Students can apply to any or all of the following programs with opportunities: Division of Environmental Quality, Missouri State Parks, and Division of Administrative Services (for non-science majors).

For consideration, please follow the instructions as outlined on the application. Students need only to submit one application and applicable materials. Please allow three to four weeks from deadline for a response. All notifications will be made before April 15, 2015.


Please direct all inquiries regarding internships to Tiffani Martin via email or postal mail to:

Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Human Resources Program
P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102