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Delaware State Parks Internship Program


New This Fall: AmeriCorps Education Awards available up to $4,266.50

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

  • Education
  • History
  • Environmental
  • Engineering
  • Hospitality
  • Theatre and 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 in the program engage in education, management, administration, and environmental stewardship activities to increase and promote the environmental awareness of our visitors.

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

Outdoor Summer Camp

Bellevue State Park
Summer 12 weeks
Brandywine Creek State Park
Summer 12 weeks
Killens Pond State Park
Summer 12 weeks
Lums Pond State Park
Summer 12 weeks
Trap Pond State Park
Summer 12 weeks
White Clay Creek State Park
Summer 12 weeks

Environmental Education and Research

Alapocas Run State Park
Spring - Summer 6 months
Bellevue State Park
6 months - Year
Brandywine Creek State Park
Year round
Cape Henlopen State Park
12 weeks - 6 months
Cape Henlopen State Park
Summer 12 weeks
Youth Conservation Corps
Summer 12 weeks
DuPont Nature Center
Summer 16 weeks
Killens Pond State Park
12 weeks - 6 months
Lums Pond State Park
6 months - Year
Lums Pond State Park
6 months
Trap Pond State Park
12 weeks - Year
Trap Pond State Park
12 weeks
White Clay Creek State Park
12 weeks - 6 months - Year
Aquatic Resource Education Center
12 weeks - 6 months - Year
Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve
12 weeks

Historical Interpretation and Research

Auburn Valley State Park
12 weeks - 6 months
Cultural Resources Office
Year round
Cultural Resources Office
Summer 12 weeks
First State Heritage Park
6  months - year
First State Heritage Park
6 months
Alapocas Run State Park
Year round
Fort Delaware
12 weeks - 6 months
Fort Miles
12 weeks - 6 months - Year

Outdoor Skills

Alapocas Run
Spring - Summer 12 weeks - 6 months
Delaware Seashore
Summer 12 weeks

Park Management and Operations

Auburn Valley State Park
6 months
Bellevue
Summer 12 weeks
Bellevue
Summer 4 months
Brandywine Creek
6 months
Trap Pond
6 months
Lums Pond State Park
Summer 12 weeks

Research and Policy

Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve
6 months
Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve
12 weeks
Dover Central Office
12 weeks - Year
Dover Central Office
Year round

Environmental Stewardship

Northern and Southern Parks
Summer 12 weeks
Bellevue
Summer 12 weeks

Brandywine Zoo Education and Research

Brandywine Zoo
Summer 12 weeks
Brandywine Zoo
Summer 12 weeks
Brandywine Zoo
6 months
Brandywine Zoo
Year round
Brandywine Zoo
Year round

Brandywine Zoo Animal Care

Brandywine Zoo
Year round

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. AmeriCorps Education Award (optional): Interns engaged in education, management, administration, or environmental stewardship internships are eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of their service. The award amount varies and is based on the total number of hours served. The award can be used for educational expenses including tuition, student loans, books, and other fees for up to 7 years after completion of service.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 our online Intern Application Form
  • 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) 739-9183 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.

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