Ever thought about having a great career dedicated to
- improving the health and well-being of all Americans?
- ensuring that we have clean air, pure water and better-protected land?
You can have that career at EPA! EPA internships and fellowships provide a great introduction to our work, giving you a sense of whether EPA might be the right place for you. Internships, fellowships and other opportunities are available at our Washington D.C. headquarters, in our ten regional offices, and at our labs and research centers throughout the nation. Want to learn more about what EPA interns actually do?
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EPA Internships Paid by EPA
EPA hires high school and college interns for administrative/clerical positions as well as technical positions in areas such as life sciences, program or policy analysis, and engineering. Most positions have salaries ranging from the GS-2 to GS-7 level. All internships paid by EPA appear in the government-wide USAJobs.gov portal. Most internship opportunities for the summer are advertised in March, April and May but some may be advertised earlier.
- You can also view all student jobs, at any agency, across the nation and narrow your search results using the search criteria on the left side of the page.
- Note that positions are typically open for 1-2 weeks only, so act fast!
- Locations are all over the nation; check specific listings for location(s).
- Many positions require at least 640 hours of work (about 16 weeks); check specific listings before you apply to ensure that you can meet all requirements.
General information for 2014 Internships
Unpaid (volunteer) internships are offered by individual EPA offices in Washington and around the nation. A few offices sponsor well-developed volunteer programs. More commonly, offices do not have centralized volunteer internship coordination; particular managers looking for volunteer help may advertise only through job fairs, college guidance or career planning offices, and/or EPA information sessions at colleges.
If you are interested in an unpaid internship, contact:
- your college guidance or career planning office, since they may have a partnership with a specific EPA office to provide interns, and
- EPA offices in which you are particularly interested in working. Use the phone numbers shown on the EPA Organization Chart page. Ask to speak with the volunteer internship coordinator for that office.
- Tour of EPA
- Brown bag lunches with senior staff
- Field trips to Capitol Hill to see the Administrator and or other senior staff testify before Congress
- Professional development workshops
- East Wing Tour of the White House
- Prerequisites. Applicants must be:
- U.S. citizens, and
- 18 years of age on or before the first day of the internship, and
- enrolled at least half-time (e.g., six credits per semester for undergraduates) in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution).
- Time commitment. You should expect to work Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Some exceptions will be made if you have class or program requirements, but you will need to work at least 4-1/2 days per week in order to be considered full-time. For example, you could leave at 1:00 p.m. or later, one day each week, and still be considered a full-time intern. If you require a schedule accommodation of this kind, please discuss it if/when an EPA Internship Team member interviews you.
Compensation: The internships are unpaid, however we will provide you with an office phone and computer, as well as a transportation stipend.