Internships - get paid to help us protect Missouri's natural resources.

Applications are now being accepted for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' 2020 Summer Professional Development Program.
The Summer Professional Development Program is designed to provide college students or recent graduates 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, and 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 91 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, Missouri Geological Survey, and Division of Administrative Services (for non-science majors).

2020 Summer Internship Opportunities

For consideration, please download and complete the application. A signed application and supporting documentation (resume, transcripts, etc.) should be sent to Students need only submit one application and applicable materials, even if applying for multiple positions.Position numbers must be indicated in the appropriate location on the application. Applications that do not list individual position numbers will be returned to the applicant.

As positions are filled, vacancy status information will be updated. Candidates should make note of position numbers they have applied for and check back often for hiring updates. Notifications will be made to all successful candidates no later than May 15, 2020.

Vacancy Status Update Chart

Application deadline is March 15, 2020. All applications received by the early bird deadline of Dec. 1, 2019 will be forwarded to hiring supervisors for immediate review. Supervisors may choose to fill their positions at this time or wait and consider additional applications that come in by the final March 15 deadline. All notifications of placement will be made no later than May 15, 2020.

Please direct all inquiries regarding internships to or phone: 573-522-1503 or mailing to:

Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Human Resources Program
PO Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102